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Homespun Gathering

Monday, January 7, 2019

The History of the Homespun Gathering

In the early 1980s a LNS opened locally.  Anne named her shop Homespun Corner.  The shop was beautiful—wood floors, lots of space to move around, gorgeous threads, a beautiful selection of linens, inviting rotations of displays, an antique cash register and a welcoming spirit.  Classes were offered and monthly stitch-ins were held—the Homespun Gathering.  Women would do all sorts of needle arts, and among all the cross stitching there was wool appliqué, punch needle, rug hooking and quilting.  One Saturday a month women would gather from near and far, bring a dish to share for lunch and, of course, whatever they were stitching on.  But, of course, all good things must come to an end and Anne needed more time to spend with family, so in 2008 she closed her shop to do that.  Believe me the shop is still sorely missed.   The shop may have closed but the Gatherings continued.  At the beginning the Gatherings were at the local library, but the rules changed for reserving rooms, and we decided to move to a local church where one of our members attends.  This Saturday was our first meeting, and we love it. Not only do we have a new place, we decided to meet 6 times a year instead of four.  I can’t tell you how that blesses my heart.  The wisdom, talent, and sweet spirit in that room is way more than I ever dreamed of.



I should mention that while the Gatherings were held at the shop I was too shy to attend.  A few years ago I finally mustered up the courage to go after Lynne, my framer, mentioned the ladies were still gathering at the Library.  It took me a year for my life to settle down, but since then I have attended every single Gathering.  We share finishes, enabling, stories and lots of fellowship. I am truly blessed.  

9 comments:

  1. I too think I would have been shy about going, but it totally sounds like a lot of fun. I know absolutely no one locally that stitches. I would love to stitch along with someone else. My blogs are my source, but nothing beats human interaction.

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    1. Stitching without that human interaction can be really hard. I wonder if you could put out some feelers for others in your life that may be some type of needle artist. Maybe you could create together. There may be even someone out there interested in learning cross stitch. It couldn't hurt to ask. Until then I'm stitching with you in spirit. Judy

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  2. I feel like Sandy's comment is my comment is my comment, exactly!! I have to say the new font you are using is so very much easier to read!!

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    1. Maybe this is the year you find someone to stitch with in your circle of friends, Vickie. I hope so. Need a new font? Super easy fix. Well, maybe not tonight, but it will be coming to a blog near you very, very soon. I actually struggled posting this a year ago. After the third attempt I gave up. For giggles, I posted it this month to see what would happen. Voila! there it was--new font and all.

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  3. I will second Vickie's comment about the new font and size you are using; it is so much easier to read. Isn't it great to gather with like minded people to share, enable, and enjoy fellowship? The new meeting place sounds super and meeting more times during the year even better!

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    1. Robin, I super happy to know how I can improve your reading experience. I'm hoping by this weekend we'll have it all renovated. :-)

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  4. How nice that the group continued after the shop closed. I had to be talked into going to my first cross stitch retreat (just five of us rent a house for a long weekend in the fall), but I'm so glad I took the plunge. I am naturally shy and often need a "push" to venture outside of my comfort zone. I hope your group--and your friendships--continue for years to come!

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  5. The house renting with a few friends sounds entirely glorious. I'm thankful you took the plunge too. The fact we don't get much stitching done when we meet might indicate we aren't going anywhere anytime soon. With all the yummy food, there is little chance we'll starve on our little island of floss and fabric.

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  6. It sounds like such a wonderful time and I would love to go too. We have no retreats nearby nor do any of my friends in the area stitch. Enjoy! RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. It always brightens my day, and draws us closer as a community.