I normally attend a Stitcher's Hideaway in October. Sue Donnelly's retreats are the best I have ever attended. This year, the October retreat features Thea Dueck as a teacher. I was excited about this until I saw the project, a three dimensional gingerbread house. Normally, Thea teaches a sampler or etui of some sort. They are always elegant projects with lots of specialty stitching and hardangar stitching. Wonderful stuff taught by an excellent, not to mention, favorite instructor. So I was disappointed when I saw this "cute" project featured for 2015. Not my style at all. By the time one pays for the hotel room, the retreat and the travel expenses, the total tends to be between $800-900 ... way too much to pay when I'll never complete the project ... however much I regret missing Thea's visit to the states.
I have been casting about for an alternative. After all, I do like to go on a stitching retreat once a year. There are the much more economical retreats without teachers or special class projects offered at various times and places and there is an interesting needlepoint retreat in the summer. I have never been to the events at the old Dupont estate in Delaware or to any of the New Hampshire retreats. All of these are within reasonable driving distance. I'll be doing some research. With my upcoming retirement I shall have much more freedom in making choices, not being locked into school vacation time only.