Well, THAT was unfathomably fun.
The Ace Hotel proved to be the most perfect spot, convenient to west coasters and the perfect break for winter-weary east coasters, and full of just enough inspirational charm (photo booths, caftans instead of robes, outdoor fireplaces) to keep us all very happy. But the real stars of the show were the 30 plus sewists who made these past ten days so wonderful.
Special Thanks to Vera, my uber sometimes-assistant (thats always uber, someimes my assistant) who made sure everything ran smoothly and did all the heavy lifting, and to Janome for sending us some pretty amazing new sewing machine models to demo.
I feel especially honored to have had both Anna Maria Horner and Lotta Jansdotter as guest teachers, both of whom truly wowed us all. Anna Maria gave us a first peek at her next and yet to be released fabric line, and Lotta led an outdoor fabric printing workshop (under a shady canopy) that resulted in some truly amazing work. Rising sewing star Gretchen Hirsch arrived with her Palm Springs ready wardrobe, including the cutest little vintage inspired swimsuit I've ever seen (where did you find that suit, G? I was meaning to ask all weekend) and fearlessly took on a sewing pattern with more gratuitous bust darts than any of us had ever seen in one place.
STC Craft was there is person and in print, Melanie Falick shared lots of interesting tidbits about crafts publishing and brought with her beautiful books for everyone.
My super marvelous west coast sister even made the trip, as did Kelly of Make Grow Gather and even Brooke of Inchmark (we needed to meet about a project we are working on together, and thought that this would be the perfect place to do it) and her darling little Baby M.
Nearly half of my guests for the second weekend were returnees, which made this foreign desert oasis feel that much more like home for ten wonderful days, most of which I did indeed spend in flowing caftans. This was my wardrobe plan since September, of course, but I had no idea how much I would require loose fitting garments way back then... if you couldn't tell by the photos on Flickr... I'm expecting a baby this summer.
We all missed Denyse and Liesl, which is partly why this fall's workshops will take place here in new York City. I'll be announcing dates next week. We are busy planning everything at the moment, our list of priorities includes a hip hotel, shopping trips to Purl and Mood, and some other favorites, plus a few big surprises. Stay Tuned!