Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Julie Arkell Workshop

The main house.
For as long as I can remember I have wanted to take a workshop with Julie Arkell at Les Soeurs Anglaises. I was supposed to go a couple of years ago with my friend Margo Tantau but just couldn't get it together to do it. Last year I promised myself that 2011 would be the year to go and somehow two friends and I managed to land spots in the always sold out class.
It was amazing...........
I spent a week in Paris (that will be the next post) then met Janet and Lori and we boarded a train and headed to the South of France for 6 days in the beautiful Dordogne countryside. It was a week filled with gourmet food and wine and amazing, talented women from all over the world sitting around stitching, laughing, singing and sharing stories all day long. 
Lori Siebert, Janet Zack, Julie Arkell and me.
The view from my work table. 
Some of Julie's magical work.
Work tables from the loft.

It was hard to tear us away from the classroom but we managed an antiquing trip. 
This place was a jumbled mess and very hard to find. Clothing was piled everywhere and once in a while you had to move a cat to get to something.

New friends, Rachel, Nathalie and Linda outside the thrift shop.
Some beautiful vintage costumes and piles of gloves.

The outside of La Caverne D'Ali Baba antique shop.
The inside of Ali Baba's. I managed to find a few things to bring home to Tom.
We managed to put together a picnic in between antique shop visits.

That evening we displayed our treasures.
My finds.
Dinner was served on the patio every night. Can't say enough about the wonderful women that I met.
Julie in her new hat.

Show and tell on the last afternoon together.

The bunnies that I stitched.
A little bouquet pin that I made from silk ties.
A hand stitched souvenir of  what seems like a lovely dream.

Thinking about next year already........

1 comment:

  1. I am so green with envy right now I can't stand it!!! It's one thing to attend such an amazing class but in France, give me a break!!
    So glad you were finally able to attend. I just love your paper dresses and shoes!!
    Your a great artist, thanks for sharing!!!