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Monday, November 05, 2007

Retreat - with a Craft

This past Saturday Barbara held her first retreat at St. Luke's in Metuchen, NJ where she is an Honorary Associate, and fills in from time to time. Sometime back when I saw this was an upcoming event I proposed to her the idea of me coming in and teaching the participants a small handwork sewing project. It would be one that could be worked on throughout the day during the periods of time that are giving for meditation. Knowing that people have different ways to approach this quiet time, Barbara liked the idea and welcomed it.
She introduced the idea as the attendees were first gathered in Fryer Hall and I gave a brief explanation. Then I went to set up in a back classroom. Throughout the day people stopped by, about half in all. Some that felt they were not crafty were doubtful that they would be able to make the item. I again reassured them that no great sewing skills were necessary. As the dubious crafters began to see their successes, their enthusiasm grew. They had surprised themselves. Everyone was given a premade padded square of muslin to take home on which to attach their paper piece quilting. It could be used as a hot pad for their Thanksgiving table.

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