Squam Art Workshops
I attended Squam several weeks ago, and it was a completely new experience for me. I am not sure I can explain it other than saying I imagine Squam as a cooler, grown up version of childhood summer camp, though my only experience of summer camp is through watching the original and remake of The Parent Trap. Some similarities may include the not knowing anyone at first, getting to know your bunk mates, the initial dread of walking into the dining hall and hoping you won’t have to sit alone…. But then there is the making new friends, shared interests, peaceful environment, creative classes, and best of all, no mean girls ;-)
Squam is held twice a year at the Rockywold-Deephaven Camp in New Hampshire. The camp location is delightful, situated on Lake Squam with charming cabins scattered along the lake and tall trees everywhere. At times, I even wondered if The Parent Trap remake was filmed there. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t. I shared the Sunny Ridge cabin with a mother and daughter pair. Our cabin had a nice screened in sitting porch overlooking the lake, its own dock, and a nice fireplace in the common room. My favorite feature was the outdoor icebox.
The two workshops I attended were Sweet Talisman with jeweler Page Sargisson and Stitch a New Story with Karen Stevens. I enjoyed both classes and loved that I left with (mostly) finished projects rather than adding to my long list of WIPs. I say mostly finished because Page took our wax molds back to her studio to cast into silver. I am excited to see the finished piece!
In Karen’s class I worked on a favorite pair of jeans whose knee hole had expanded beyond fashion (and comfort) norms. Karen taught us over patching and under patching, as well as the best times to use each technique. Of course, I could not stop with that one hole in the knee. That is the dilemma….when do you know enough is enough? Karen’s jeans were mended and re-mended so many times that they did not look mended at all. They had been transformed into something else entirely. When I became discouraged that my jeans did not look as good as Karen’s, I reminded myself that some of her jeans were a twelve year progression of accumulated stitches and mending. So even though I went home able to wear my jeans again, I wouldn’t say they are “finished”.
I will leave you with more photos for your viewing pleasure:
More photos and information can be found by searching #squamlove or #squamartworkshops on Instagram.
Thank you for stopping by. Happy stitching,