This last weekend I had the joy of going to a Lace-In/Retreat/Workshop in Concordia, Kansas (a 3 hour drive from my home of Omaha, Nebraska). One of the joys of going is the car ride with friends to get there and back, it being a great time to ‘catch up’. This time I traveled with my lovely friend, Jennifer Bartling (seen as the left-most person in the group of 4-ladies picture).
It is hosted by The Sunflower Lacers and includes Lacemakers from all over Kansas, plus a few of us from Nebraska and Iowa. At least 4 states were represented this weekend. There were 30 lacemakers there working on bobbin lace, tatting, Romanian Point Lace and beading projects.
The retreat center is wonderful and unique. It is called the Manna house and is run and operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph, a nun sect that has its historical roots as lacemaker in France (centuries ago). The Sunflower Lacers found this place because the sisters had an interest in revisiting/learning bobbin lacemaking as a part of their heritage. Ronna Robertson, the president, founder of Sunflower Lacers helped the sisters revive this heritage of their sect and now The Sunflower Lacers have a lovely place to have a retreat for a weekend. The building is an old hospital. The interior views of the rooms and hallways are reminiscent of that bygone era. (See other photos). We each had a private room that was beautifully decorated with matching sheets, bed covers, and curtains as well as antique furniture and old linens.
The retreat/workshop is wonderfully organized. There is always a class/workshop for bobbin lacers. This time the project was Russian tape Lace in a paisley shape. Saturday morning we could choose between learning how to crochet the tape for Romanian Point Lace, create beaded bobbins or a scissor-keep, or work on our own projects. There was a table full of food goodies such as chocolate. I think I ate my weight in chocolate that day.
I made this Easter Egg-shaped glass-enameled/copper tatting shuttle recently.
Now it needs a home for Easter (nothing like the last minute!)
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