Creative Craft Retreat 2012

One of the things I love most about Creative Craft Retreat each year is the amazing inspiration of having such a diverse range of crafts all in one room. We ran four classes this year, but many people chose to bring their own projects to work on. Some started brand new projects for the weekend, and others pulled out projects they had been working on for a while or wanted to get finished.

crochet hexagon blanket

This gorgeous hexagon blanket was started at the Craft Retreat in 2011 in a class with Val Laird. It still isn’t quite finished but it has certainly grown a lot. It reminds me of a scrap quilt. (Make sure you pop over to Val’s blog for some free patterns too)

floor rug

This floor rug intrigued me. It is made with recycled T-shirt fabric and looks a little like crochet, but is actually sort of knotted.  It reminds me of the rugs made by Hook and Linen.

stitchery bird house birds bless this home

This lovely stitchery was finished over the weekend. I love this design from The Birdhouse. The stitcher told me she plans to frame it.

The knitting class with Jade made these cute slippers. They look very tricky to me but the class assured me they were not that hard at all with Jade’s expert help! You can buy the pattern through Jade’s Ravelry store.

crochet ripple chunky yarn

This is one that I could add to my To Do list: a ripple blanket made with a large hook and really chunky yarn. So gorgeous! And growing so quickly!

mixed media scrapbooking album

The mixed media class taught by Liz from the Scrap’n’Patch created a beautiful album. Each page was individually gorgeous and included all kinds of clever pockets and embellishments. This is just one of the beauties.

square in square quilt blocks

This quilt was too big for me to photograph easily – a king size bed quilt! The square-in-a-square design was from a magazine. The maker started on Friday night and had all the squares laid out on the deck by Sunday morning.

textured art

I think I’ll write a while post about the textured art class but here’s a peek. These ladies ended up with one of a kind artworks on canvas by the end of the weekend. If I hadn’t been teaching, I think I would have liked to have a go at this class.

bird house yellow

Lastly, this little beauty was sitting in the middle of the mixed media table and I just had to snap it! I have no idea who made it or whether they made it at Retreat or before, but it was so cute!

In case you missed it, I wrote about the quilts made in my patchwork quilt class here.

For those feeling inspired to think about Creative Craft Retreat next year, you can mark 1st – 3rd November 2013 on your calendar. Registration usually starts a month or 6 weeks before that.


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  1. says

    Oh my, how exciting to see a photo of my crochet on your blog! I am so pleased to see how gorgeous the colours look. And you’re right, I was aiming for a scrappy look. My name will be first on the list when registration opens for next year’s Creative Craft Retreat.

  2. Joan says

    The little bird house, Tonya, was made by Vanessa. It was a part of her market display and there were 2, both of which she gave away. I did have her card, I think….but I can’t find it!

    Great post btw and I am honoured to see my work up there. x

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