Mother Daughter Weekend Sewing and Crafts Workshop, Full Report!

 

We had so much fun.

Both of our Palm Springs weekend workshops were new formats, both based on our weekend sewing workshops but with some twists and new directions. The first was a mother-daughter weekend, with guest teachers Annabel Wrigley of Little Pincushion Studio, and Jodi Levine, the genius behind Martha Stewart Baby and Kids Magazines and author of the upcoming book "Super Make It". It was like a big crafty slumber party, with moms and daughters stitching away on beautiful Janome sewing machines (once the girls realized they could write things wiht them the workroom becamse a cloth id/friendship bracelet factory) and the kids crafting paper chandeliers and sewing up ponchos and bags, making jewlery with painted wooden beads and felt flowers, and building fabric covered scrapbooks. And when everyone got a little craft-weary we piled up together on beanbags for movies and popcorn. Remember the 1970's Disney version of Robin Hood? Its as good as you remember. We swam, we made friends, we made pom poms. Its was super duper. Bee is still too tiny for a sewing machine (even the teensy little "pink lightning" models that Janome is making, which we love to bits) but she and TC came along. The paper chandeliers became so large and full-bloomed that we had to make super-big kraft paper bags for them, and then we had to cover them in portraits of the kids , just because. That was the sort of weekend we had, lots of "I know, lets try THIS!"

Here are some of my favorite shots, many of them thanks to Annabel's photography....

jumping for joy with our new cross body bags...

our bead painting workshop became the everything-painting workshop...

Annabel and her lovely paper chandeliers, made even easier for kids with the amazing Janome Sihouette CAMEO paper cutting machine...

Making bags....

on our adorable and amazing little Sew-Mini's, Janome's coolest kid's machine...

I was a yarn holder for pom pom making. Gladly.

And Jodi Levine helped everyone make the most amazing necklaces from handpainted wooden beads and felt flowers, each of which was a lovely and wearable take-away...

First time sewing moms made silky kimono-shrugs...

and everybody made friends.

STC Craft sent us stacks of their beautifyul books for gift bags...

some finished chandeliers....

and embroidered portraits still in process...

and Courtney, with her lovely little girl, Molly. This is the same little girl who was just a tiny bump under Courtney's blouse the first time she joined me for a workshop in Vermont, at Blueberry Hill, so it was especially wonderful to have them there for our first Mother-Daughter workshop, making a strawberry bookend together.

and when we got weary, we did a little bit of this:

 We';ve got another Mother Daughter workshop coming up in Vermont, but it's completely sold out. If you'd like us to let you know if another one makes it's way onto our 2014 schedule, sign up for our newsletter, which is where we announce those types of things first.

We are looking forward to more of these amazing weekends.

I'll be back in a few days with the re-cap of our weekend sewing and crafts workshop....