Last fall, we had a tuffet retreat at Jones Mansion in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. Tuffet retreats are always a lot of fun and are a great way to get more than one tuffet made (within reason, of course). I don't have any retreats planned at the moment, but if you have a group or guild interested, please let me know via my contact page!
We had wonderful food thanks to Trish...
And worked hard building our tuffets!
And what wonderful tuffets they were! Check these babies out!
Aren't they wonderful? I also took a stab at making a square ottoman. I need to tweak my measurements, but I'm pretty happy with it for a first attempt...
Back in October we had a tuffet retreat at Prairie Star Lodge in Browntown, Wisconsin. The location is really nice. I'd recommended it if you're looking for a retreat location. If you're interested in attending a tuffet retreat, check out my upcoming one in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin the weekend of April 7 - 9. It's a great way to get one or more tuffets done in just a weekend!
Picture staying at a beautiful, three-story, hundred-year-old mansion atop a hill in a town filled with artists and craftspeople. That was our setting when we had a retreat at the Jones Mansion in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for some great news!
Now, often times, as is true in this case, I'm so busy when I'm teaching that I forget to take photos. So instead, for the next three, I'm borrowing some photos from the Jones Mansion website so you can see the lovely accommodations. Here you can see the gorgeous skylight (which is actually in the workroom!) and lovely curved banister on the second floor.
Here's a photo of one of the bedrooms. It's the only triple room; most are doubles, and there are a couple of single rooms. All of the beds are topped with a handmade quilt.
And the bathrooms are wonderful too -- each has a claw foot tub and lots of character (and no, I don't mean that in a "nice personality" way, either)!
Okay, we're on to my photos now. There is a large workroom (you should go to the Jones Mansion website to check them out) and off of it are two rooms with cutting mats and ironing boards.
Now, why were we there? Oh yeah, tuffets! First I have to show you the table full of feet choices:
Let's check out the wonderful tuffets made by everyone!
Heres the bottom of Sandy's bee-themed tuffet:
And the detail of Toby's button. She did this by flipping button form over so the flat side was up and sewing the aqua button to the fabric before making it.
So, if you've read this far, I am thrilled to announce that we will be having another tuffet retreat at Jones Mansion! Thursday, November 10 through Sunday, November 13, you can come and work on your own projects as well as make a tuffet (or two!) If you can't come Thursday, Friday arrival is an option.
Think of it -- you can make at least one tuffet in just a few days! What an opportunity to make that special gift, for you or for someone else! Come and join us; click here for information. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up soon.
So, you may or may not know that I'm holding a retreat at the Jones Mansion in Mineral Point, Wisconsin this June. If you didn't know that, you should check it out because it's going to be a lot of fun!
Anyway, I was honored to be asked to teach some members of a private retreat how to make tuffets. Lori, Hillyn, Jane, and Marcia all had a great time!
Sadly, I don't have top-down photos of all of these like I usually do -- it was dark when we finished. But I did get one of Lori's tuffet, which she created from fabrics that are already on furniture at the Mansion, so it fits right in! She also did a great job cutting her plaids so they all match, and working with very squirrely velveteen.
I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be hosting a tuffet retreat this summer at the Jones Mansion in Mineral Point, Wisconsin! The dates for the retreat are June 24 - 26, 2016. If you've been wanting to make a tuffet but live too far from me to take a class, this is a great chance for you to make a tuffet in a weekend. If you don't live in the area, that's okay, we'll help you get to and from the airport and even help ship your tuffet home!
The Jones Mansion is gorgeous! It's a three-story home with seven bedrooms, plus a great work area. The town it's in, Mineral Point, is known for its art galleries and shops.
Included in the retreat are most meals, lodging, a full tuffet kit, and expert instruction. You can even choose to make more than one tuffet if you'd like!
I've written up a FAQ which should give you all of the information you need. If you have other questions, please let me know and I'll add them to the list!
Registration is here. Sign up soon! Spots are very limited and some are already taken!