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.