Squam-Satis and Drawn to Embroider

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I was curious about the origin of the name
of our cabin and this is what I found on Wikipedia.
Apparently we have some Egyptian goddess action
going on here, which is fitting for the lovely goddesses
who graced our cabin on this retreat.

Arrows and water, and we say plenty of
water, all around us and from the sky.
And arrows pointing out class rooms all
over the trees.  So fitting that we stayed in
Satis. However, Laura found this wild journal
entry in the cabin journal about dangling eyeballs,
clucking and alien eating tubes in houses of crabmeat,
don’t even go there…

Thursday’s class for me was
Drawn to Embroider with Rebecca
Ringquist.  Boy did we draw, and
draw and draw.  Blind contour drawings
of the nature around us (drawing the edges
of things with out looking at the paper, loosely
translated).  We did fast one minute drawings,
even faster 15 second drawings and
non-handed drawings and feet drawings.
My cabin mate Faye was with me in class
and we got to giggling with the feet drawing
because we couldn’t hold the pens in our toes
very well.  Most of the drawings looked like
scribbles but were fun to do and woke our bodies
up while letting our minds wander.

These were great exercises to begin.
We then picked out favorite and with fast
running stitches, translated to the muslin
in 35 minutes.  Then again.  It was hard work
but strangely satisfying because you really couldn’t
let your critical mind(or lizard brain- cabin mates!!!)
get in the way of the meditative work of stitch after

I felt so energized in this class and Rebecca worked
hard at making us move to a level where we could see
accomplishment in a short span of time.  She is bubbly
and such a fantastic artist.  She shared many samples
of her textile embroidery constructions, WOW, we
were all blown away by her talent. I would love to
be in one of her classes at the Art Institute of Chicago,
a whole semester with her would be grand!

Candace loved the embroidery, she was quite the little stitcher…

She worked so hard she had to take a little nap on the bag of floss.
She perked right up when Rebecca wanted to take a pic with her.

What a blissful smile she has….more tomorrow…


  1. artymess says:

    i need energising …..wish I lived closer squam sounds fab place to be …….xx

  2. Deborah says:

    Sounds wonderful!

  3. Kim Mailhot says:

    Wow, I have done these kinds of exercises with paints and drawing but to translate it into embroidery is pretty awesome ! Sounds like a great workshop.
    More, more more !;)

  4. Mrs Moen says:

    This sounds like a fun and inspiring class, I would have loved to experiment and stretch my drawing skills with the rest of you. Your stitched branch turned out great!

  5. Rebecca says:

    Thanks so much for taking the class, and thanks for the great review! I hope to see you next year at Squam.

  6. Melissa says:

    I love how you threw Lizard brain in there!! We missed you Saturday night!

  7. Heloise says:

    Looks as if you are having great fun.

  8. NuminosityBeads says:

    That's funny I just watched a movie this week called "My Left Foot" about a Christy Brown that only had use of his left foot and became a painter and writer.

    It sounds like a wonderful workshop and thanks for bringing Candace there to broaden her horizons!

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