Retreat 2016 March 18 - 20

Retreat 2016 was a huge success. Sixty members were in attendance, filling up every table spot in the beading room. Throughout the weekend they attended classes, enjoyed the daily projects, ooohhing and aahhing over the treat bags stuffed with goodies from our favorite vendors, visited Funky Hannah’s, shopped on Racine’s Main Street, snacked and talke and laughed late into the evenings and then started over again early the next moring.

Here are some photos from the general beading room. Some members chose to spend the weekend there getting some of their UFO’s done:

Meanwhile there was a great variety of classes to participate in beginning on Friday evening with the Riveting Make-n-Take at Funky Hannah’s:

Saturday morning classes included the My Fair Lady Necklace taught by Renee Kovnesky of Elegance by Renee, the Bead Soup Embroidered Cuff taught by Joellen Fritchen, and Connie Whitaker’s Wrap It Up Bracelet.

After lunch members headed off for another round of classes: Twinkling LED Jewelry taught by Robin Lawson of LUMEN Electronic Jewelry, Renee’s Tennis Bracelet taught by Renee Kovnesky of Elegance by Renee, and the micro macrame Gemstone Nugget Necklace taught by Kerrie Sue Miller of Interlace Designs.

Saturday evening, three die-hard beaders and Kerrie Sue tackled another micro macrame project, the Toggle Tassel Pendant.

By Sunday morning, people were beginning to wear down but enthusiasm was still high and there were more classes to take. (The Explore Glass Workshop was not photographed – sorry.)
Here are a few photos of the Fairisle: Zig zag Dash Series Bracelet taught by Kim Rueth of Knot Just Beads with assistance by Cindy Collins.

Shopping at Funky Hannah’s included the Saturday night smorgasbord of treats with good deals throughout the store. There’s always something new to add to a beader’s stash:

The weekend ended far too soon and it’s a year until the next one but in the meantime, there are lots of good memories to tide us over.

Thanks to Cindy Collins, Karen Fullington and Traci Otte for some of the photos.

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