Donalee Kennedy: Meditative Stitching | June 27-28, 2019

Donalee Kennedy: Meditative Stitching | June 27-28, 2019

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Quiet your mind while you use a variety of materials to create your own personal story in fabric. Beginner to advanced levels welcome.

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Check In: Thursday, June 27th, 2019 | Check Out: Friday, June 28th, 2019

Tuition: $165 per person
Tuition + Meals: $183 per person
With Shared Lodging Package: $308 per person
With Private Lodging Package: $413 per person


A 5.5% tax on tuition/meals and 12% tax on lodging packages will be added to any full payments made online. Deposits will not include tax and will be applied to overall retreat registration. Communication shall follow all online deposits showing applicable remaining fees, including taxes.

For those who may be continuing their learning with Ms. Kennedy by attending both this workshop and the Thoughtful Improv Piecing Retreat on the three previous days, note that breakfast is not included in the meal pricing for June 28. Recommendations can be made for those wishing to plan for breakfast.


What is Meditative Stitching? It’s the deliberate hand stitching of lovely small pieces of fabrics joined together to make a pleasing composition. Why? To still your mind, to be absorbed in the lusciousness of the moment and the materials. We’ll use silk, linen, wool, hand-dyed cottons, ribbon, yarn, lace, or beads. Each small 4” composition tells a story and takes you on a journey. We’ll address design principles and sources as well as color theories related to the project. Individual attention will be emphasized. Students can expect to complete two to six compositions.


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Materials Kit $45.00* Includes includes: an assortment of fabrics, flannel for base fabric, pins, needles, and embroidery thread. Payable to instructor. *Donalee will provide first kit at no charge. Additional kits available for purchase.

There will be hand tools to share but if you have your own *favorite hand sewing tools, feel free to bring.

  • Close up magnification glasses if needed

  • Small hand scissors, embroidery thread, needles

  • Camera (your smart phone will work fine)

  • Sketchbook/pens/other supplies you want

  • Fabric if desired; any vintage linens or hankies, special or unique fabrics, ribbons, yarns pieces from loved worn garments.

Additional items and kits will be available for purchase during class.


I'm known for my textural and colorful fine art quilts for the wall. By working in an abstract improv style, I'm able to build each piece with the heart of an artist and the skills a structural engineer might employ.

No matter what medium I'm working in, the result reflects my energetic enthusiasm, and passion for abundant beauty. As I build a piece I'm also building the stories associated with the shapes and lines that come together to create the composition. I work until I'm happy with the overall visual and it feels dynamic and engaging. No two pieces are ever alike.

I was a jeweler for 25 years, as the owner-operator of a successful retail and wholesale business based out of Bayfield, Wisconsin. Those experiences and practices carry forward into all my work efforts.

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Lodging and Meal Rates & Info

All lodging costs listed are per person/per night costs. Due to the format of retreats, meal plans are required of all participants to maximize time with other students and instructors, while still providing time to explore Bayfield and the surrounding community. Please reference the cancellation policy as needed.