sewing mavens unite
By Patricia Belyea
GOLD BAR WA This week Lorraine Torrence returned to Washington state to lead her popular Wearables Retreat at Camp Huston in Gold Bar. Just over two dozen women with their sewing machines and carloads of fabric gathered to gain more design ideas and sewing techniques. Plus enjoy of pleasure of sewing non-stop if they wanted to.
I was invited to be a guest vendor at the Retreat for the second year in a row. Was it worth my while to load up 250 bolts and drive north to the Cascade foothills for such a small group? The answer is: Yes.
Bringing hand-dyed yukata cottons into the midst of women who appreciate unique fabrics creates a perfect match. It was a sunny day inside and out today!
Top from left: Retreat leader Lorriane Torrence; Carole Kubota, a UW professor who is starting a new clothing company named Sukoshi by Koura; Doris Northcutt with an amazing quilt featuring yukata cottons and hand-dyed cottons; Linda Lyon, a yukata cotton aficionado.
Bottom from left: indigo yukata cotton bolts; Lynn Woll, fiber artist and fellow CQA member; the sewing retreat workspace with tons of fabric everywhere.