Dive into your creative practice with the support and encouragement of some of our day's leading Makers.
Each year A Gathering of Stitches, which is Samantha Hoyt Lindgren (me), creates unique stitching retreats for people who are looking for a little change of pace in their downtime, their vacation, if you will. I like to bring together small groups with generous instructors to explore ways to expand our stitching while calming our minds. For 2018 I will again offer at least two retreats: Slow Fashion; and Slow Stitching. There may also be more programming on deck. If you are here because you are curious about what I will be doing next year, stay tuned. Do read below to see what I do and why, and what others think of my retreats. The descriptions for my 2018 retreats will go live on this site in January. What you see here is from 2017. If you want to be alerted as soon as that information becomes public, sign up for my email newsletter, because that's where I announce them first. Do know that I take a month between announcing the retreats and opening the registration so that people can check work, home, and life schedules, make arrangements with partners/spouses/helpers, and take the time to make a measured decision about joining one of my retreats without the pressure of a registration deadline hanging over you. Life is busy and stressful, my retreats are not.... I sincerely hope you will join me for one of them. In the meantime, please do read this page, and others here to get a feel from what I am all about.
Thanks in stitches,
A Gathering of Stitches is proud to bring a lovely line-up of thoughtful Makers to Maine for the Summer of 2017. Our retreats this year will focus on slowing down your practice, your pace, your breath, and your mind to allow yourself the time and space to absorb some new ideas about Making. Our mantra this year is Slow. Slow Stitching, Slow Fashion, Slow Maine. Come join Cal Patch, Katrina Rodabaugh, and Jessica Lewis Stevens for a week of Slow Fashion on the beach in July at the Ferry Beach Park Association. Or if quilting is more your thing, come in August and hang out with Chawne Kimber, Heather Jones, and Kim Eichler-Messmer for some sweet stitching in the woods at Medomak Retreat Center. You can read more about Slow Fashion Here, and Slow Stitching Here. You can also see images from this year's retreat on this blog post....!
AGOS brings some of the top names in Modern Stitching to this grand corner of the country for a series of in-depth gatherings. Maine is off the beaten track, an oasis in the fast-paced life so many of us live. The speed of life is a little slower here, allowing your creative mind to wander where it will. With these retreats AGOS incorporates the best of both the quiet, and the stimulation, to create unique opportunities for Stitchers with some of the most creative minds (and hands) in the world of stitching. Bring your quilting and garment sewing practice to Maine and see what you go home with.
For any event at AGOS, you will work in small groups to foster deep practice, giving you the opportunity to ask all the questions you might have, with time and space to explore the answers. I take care of all the basic necessities so you can relax and focus on the making. There is a reason why so many artists and writers find Maine the perfect place to create. There is plenty of space - psychic and physical - for creating up here. Making happens in all sorts of settings, creativity is sparked by our surroundings, conversations we have, vistas we see, meals we share. Maine is ripe for such inspiration with it's rustic beauty, the immersion in Nature, and the slower pace. I try and do all the advance work so when you show up, all this inspiration is just waiting for you.....
I believe that few experiences in life cannot be made better by stitching. Truly... Whether you do it to escape, or you choose it as your avocation, stitching is a way to connect us to our ancestors, our community, and ourselves. When we engage in these tactile analog traditions we remember our ability to create, to make, to change, to connect. AGOS gives you the opportunity to turn off the day-to-day noises (or at least turn the volume way down) and turn up your creative voice. My retreats combine a good mix of structure and epiphany. There is always time to process what you're learning in the moment. And if you really just need to go for a walk, that's totally cool. I want you to return to your daily life feeling renewed, energized and maybe a little jazzed about a new skill.
If you'd like to read more about the background of these retreats read my blog post here. You can read about the 2015 retreats below:
Kitty Wilkin, Night Quilter
Karin Jordan, Leigh Laurel Studios
Elisa Albury: Slow Stitching Reflections
Lauren Taylor (LLADYBIRD)