Looking for Something to Do? Join a Club!

Hey stitchers! I hope you’re having a great day. It’s a busy one here at Primitive Gatherings, as everyone is getting ready for the weekend to begin. It was another awesome week here, full of creativity, stitching, and great company. Between classes and clubs, and the retreat house being fully booked with lodging guests all week, both the shop and The Gathering have been buzzing with activity. I love it! It’s truly wonderful to see my dream alive and in action. I always wanted to have a place where like-minded creatives like myself could gather together to share knowledge, skills, and friendship. I’m super proud to say that’s exactly what we’ve accomplished!

One of the best things about the retreat house is all the space! If you haven’t had a chance to see it for yourself, imagine multiple cutting tables, steam stations, and large spacious sewing tables equipped with power strips to accommodate everyone. You really can spread out and be comfortable – just like at home but with more perks! Whether you’re coming to retreat for the week or just a day, it’s really nice to be able to focus on your projects without all the fuss of having to cook or deal with a pesky “better half” vying for your attention while you’re trying to stitch. The only people around you are others who only want the same… Sounds great doesn’t it?

Now I realize attending a full retreat isn’t always possible because of schedule, budget, location, etc., but if you’re close enough to make it here for a day, there are other great reasons to come! Have you heard of Sit & Stitch? Sit & Stitch is basically an open sew where stitchers are encouraged to bring their hand or machine projects – both in progress or yet to be started – for guidance and instruction from both other stitchers and me! Set up your machine in our large activity area for the day and put a dent in those UFO’s. Not only will you make new friends and laugh a lot, you might even learn something! Sessions run from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Cost per person, per session is only $25.00 and includes lunch!

We also have several clubs going right now that are sure to help bring you out of your creative shell. As you know, Jess and I are both huge fans of working with wool and wool appliqué. We’re constantly getting requests for more information on how to delve further into it, so starting a wool club seemed like a no-brainer! Bring your wool box or personal wool projects and get one-on-one help and advice on anything you might be having trouble with. If none of your projects are giving you any guff at the moment, that’s ok too! You can always come share your expertise with others! Wool Club is held once monthly from 9:00AM util 4:00 PM. The cost is just $25.00 per person and includes lunch.

For those of you who love paper piecing, Hexi Club might be just what you’re looking for. We all know paper piecing can be a real bear if you’re new to it and your skills aren’t necessarily up to par. That’s ok! We’ve all been there at some point in our paper piecing careers. Hexi Club is the perfect opportunity to learn from those who’ve gone through the gauntlet before you. Or, if you’re a seasoned pro, this is your chance to share what you know with a quilter new to the craft. Come make a difference in someone’s stitching life! After all, the newbies have to learn from someone… Why not you? Hexi Club is held monthly from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM with a club cost of $25.00 per person – includes lunch!

Have you heard? Cross stitch is making a come back! They say history repeats itself… I guess this is a real-life example! I’ll admit, it’s been a hot minute since I was a regular at cross stitching, but lately I’ve been feeling inspired by some of the awesome designs done by my colleagues Katie Nolan and Kathy Decker. Thanks to their extreme talent, all the sudden I have the itch to pick it back up again! Amazing how that works, isn’t it? Apparently I’m not the only one. I’ve had many customer requests for cross stitch supplies both in-store and online, and we are currently working on finalizing our inventory as we speak. Exciting right? I think so, which is why we figured we might as well get a cross stitch club going as well! That being said I’d like to introduce the Primitive Gatherings Cross Stitch Club, hosted by Kathy Decker!

Starting in October, Cross Stitch Club will be offered one Wednesday a month from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Club cost is $25.00 per person, per session and of course includes lunch! Come get your (cross) stitch on with instructor Kathy Decker! Get information on recommended threads and materials, different techniques, and more!

Hey! Let’s not forget the littles in the midst of all our adult fun and games… School is starting soon but that doesn’t mean all the fun has to end. Kiddos can keep the shenanigans going during our after school Kid’s Camp sessions! Starting on September 21st we will be offering an after school Kid’s Sewing Camp one Wednesday evening a month from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM. Kids can learn the basics of hand sewing and how to successfully take projects from point A all the way through to point Z! Classes offer hands-on learning and will have an exciting new take-home project to work on each week. All boys and girls ages 7 and up are welcome to sign up!

All clubs and open sews have limited space so if you’re interested in participating in one or all of them, please call Judy or Gloria at The Gathering at 920.778.8031 to reserve your seat! You can also email them at thegathering@primitivegatherings.us. If there is anything for certain around here it’s that activities fill up fast, so don’t delay if you have your heart set on getting in on any of these awesome events. You’ll regret it if you do!

Well everyone, it’s getting to be about that time. I want to wish everyone a safe, fun, and productive weekend! I will be focusing on wrapping up loose ends and nailing down final projects for the next few weeks ahead. I want to be sure all my ducks are in a row so I can leave for Hawaii worry free. I feel like I’ve been waiting an eternity for this trip and I want to do whatever I can to make sure it goes off without a hitch! Think I can pull it off??? Only time will tell! I will see you all Monday! Take care and behave (but only just a little). See you soon! ~Lisa

19 responses to “Looking for Something to Do? Join a Club!”

  1. Katie Avatar

    These are all awesome!! I hope to one day live closer so I can come join the fun!!

  2. Nancy Black Avatar

    You really have a busy house & beautiful projects going on in The Gatherings! Congratulations on your vision coming to life. If I only lived closer to participate in all your local events!

  3. Cheryl D Keown Avatar
    Cheryl D Keown

    Wished I lived closer. The crossstitch club would be the one for me. Almost all of the pictures I have cross stitched have quilts. All of them are over 20 plus years old.

  4. Mary Connelly Avatar
    Mary Connelly

    Sure wish I lived closer!

  5. Helen Lineham Avatar
    Helen Lineham

    Clubs and classes at the Gathering would be awesome 👏 if only I lived closer. I love your videos and watch them all.

  6. Leona Kofoed Avatar
    Leona Kofoed

    WI is too cold for me- but I sure wished I lived there right now. So many exciting things I want to be included in! You guys are awesome.

  7. Lisa Marie Avatar
    Lisa Marie

    My vacation goal is to someday earn enough days to see the new store while we are visiting family in Wisco. Preferably on a Friday. 😁

  8. Jeanne Giebe Avatar
    Jeanne Giebe

    I wish I lived closer to be able to attend some of your daily events. Right now I plan to try to get to a retreat once or twice a year. Let’s hope I can! Have a great weekend, rest of your summer and wow, have a great cruise!

  9. Adele Bowyer Avatar
    Adele Bowyer

    It’s word be so nice if you offered a series of classes or projects like on zoom that we could subscribe to. I don’t think I and there are probably more like me that will never get Wisconsin. Adele Bowyer

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Hi Adele! We’ve definitely been talking about this idea for the future. If we do it, I’ll be sure to announce it here on the blog! Thanks for commenting!

  10. Delores Rast Avatar
    Delores Rast

    You got it soooo right about your husband – if he’s around he must be entertained!!! Love all the classes – wish I lived there- I’d be at all of them!!!! I’m still holding back from cross-stitch – I gave everything away except my threads – who knows I may just buy a kit and start back. Have fun in Hawaii!!! Thank you for all you do!!!!

  11. Sherri L Getchel Avatar
    Sherri L Getchel

    So much going on! I really want to try and spend a day stitching and try your amazing lunch!

  12. Glenda Avatar

    Sept 7th you have your wool and hexie club on the same day. Oops!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      That’s ok! There’s plenty of room in The Gathering!

  13. Gram to Alex Avatar
    Gram to Alex

    Oh, I wish I lived closer. I’d be there for all the clubs. Primitive Gatherings is at the top of my Bucket List. Where would we be without our needlework of all types?

  14. Lori Avatar

    You all have so much fun! Wish I lived closer. I do plan to visit one day though!

  15. Nancy Morone Avatar
    Nancy Morone

    Hi Lisa, just wanted to say I wish I lived closer so I could take advantage of a couple of the clubs you offer( although I’m sure my husbands is glad we live far away lol). Everything looks fun to do. I am enjoying both the wool & cotton clubs. Every month is a great surprise!
    Love all you do & hope you enjoy your trip to Hawaii.

  16. pwid5626gmailcom Avatar

    Weekend came and went and was so thrilled I was able to accomplish my goal of 50 blocks done for oh say can you sew. Now on to the next project and a few more Oh say can you sew blocks. Never a dull moment. Hope you had a great weekend and are feeling better.


  17. Jennifer Roth Avatar
    Jennifer Roth

    Love how these clubs are offered. If I was closer I would participate. Always power in people with similar interests.

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