I'll be using one of the NaBloPoMo writing prompts today because I'm having a hard time coming up with anything that doesn't sound like so much blah, blah, blah. So today I'm going to share some favorite stitching places.
I have several favorite places for stitching...mostly it's wherever I can stitch with friends!
Panera Bread meeting rooms are great. Sometimes they're not the cleanest places in the world, but the staff is usually accommodating and will come and clean if you ask. I frequent two Paneras and I think that they finally get that stitchers are a little persnickety about having clean work spaces.
Every fall I stitch at a small B&B for an extended weekend and it's sheer luxury. On a cold fall day, its warm and cozy and we are truly waited on, hand and foot. There's nothing like stitching in the afternoon and smelling the cookies that the host is taking from the oven. That's just one of the many things I love about it.
I like stitch "camps", too. These are usually with big groups - like 30 or more. I've been to bunkhouses, hunting cabins, and retreat centers. It's not luxury but it feels so much like being a kid at camp again. Except the arts and crafts are better, and the sing-alongs only happen after a bottle of wine or two has been opened.
In the winter we go to a resort and rent a huge modern "cabin" that sleeps 16. It also has fantastic lighting, room for lots of stitchers and a kitchen to die for. One thing I really like about it is that it's so spacious that our dining and stitching areas can be completely separate, so there's no risk of spillage and we don't have to put away all the stitching while we eat. Eating is family style, meaning that all of us sit at the dining room table at once. It has a great gas fireplace, but being that we're women of "a certain age", someone is always too hot or too cold, so we leave that be.
And there you have it! Some of my favorite places! Where are yours?