Shepherd's Retreat 2022


Shepherd's Retreat 2022
October 10th, 11, 12th

Dear Friends
April 2022

I hope you are well out there in the big world and enjoying both a beautiful Spring and the beginnings of Life out on the edges of the Pandemic.  Teri and I and everyone at SB are also well.

I know it has taken us a while to get here, but do not think that the Retreat has not been in our minds and hearts every minute of the past two years--a couple of years that have turned our world and lives upside down. Like you, we have traveled through every emotion available as we have tried to navigate the right decisions for all of us moving forward.  We have kept in constant contact with The Canyons since the end of January as well as with all of the teachers.  We will have the Retreat in October of 2022 - this year.  Teri and I remain positive and hopeful that things will be back to whatever our new normal is by October.  
Please know that our main concern in this decision is the safety and well being of all of you, all of our teachers, the staff and support group at The Canyons as well as our team at Shepherd's Bush.  
 Our retreat is still full as we are keeping the registrations we have from 2020.  
Sending you all our best and looking forward to seeing you here in Utah in 2022. 
We will just have to have a party!
hugs, Tina and Teri   

 The dates for the Retreat are: October 10-12  2022  (Oct 7-8 for the shop open house.) If you are a registered participant for this year’s retreat, please check your email for more information.  We hope you will be able to make arrangements to join us next year, and if you do, we promise to make it the very best Retreat ever.  


Teri and Tina

*****Remember the Retreat dates have changed to October 10th - 12 for 2022  


Retreat Brochure

*Our retreat is full as we are keeping the registrations we have from 2020. 

Shop open house- October 7th and 8th (Friday and Saturday)
Shepherd's Retreat- October 10th - 12th (Monday- Wednesday)

We always have the most amazing time at the Retreat, and we would love to have you join us. We will be staying at the beautiful Canyons Resort in Park City Utah for the Retreat.  The shop open house will be in Ogden.   

Shepherd's Retreat 2018

The Canyons Park City Utah 

Oh what a great time we had with everyone at the Retreat.  Here are a few photos of our great time.  Thanks so much for coming and being part of our retreat family.  
     Our theme this year was A Stitcher's Journey...
Jeannette comes to help us at the shop open house  We had a great time togetrher

The Van is packed to the hilt, with all the goodies for the retreat.  I was worried I'd make it up the long hill to Park City Here we arte at the Canyons in Park City.  It even dusted snow on Sunday morning.  It was so pretty
This is Paulette's Class project.  It was amazing Linda from Chessie and Me taught this sweet project.   Jeannette 's project started a new flower series.  It is gorgeous.  
Brenda's piece is so much fabulous and a small pincushion design can with it.   This is our project a great sampler The Blackbirds showed a beautiful sampler and the class painted a box and stitched a cover and a pincushion.  I have stitched the pincushion and have it framed on our wall.  
Our evening event with Cece, we had an amazing dessert, dreamed up by the pastry chef at the Canyons.   She made spun sugar pincushions and long pulled sugar needles in all colors.  They looked so spectacular at the tables.  Ubderneath was a yummy chocolate pudding
Our annual pincushion exchange is so much fun.  We take an entry fee (and donations) to submit a pincushion, then at the  banquet everyone that enters will receive a pincushionhion,  the money we raise is matched by Shepherd's Bush and we donate it to the Heiffer project ( to send young girls from underdeveloped countries to school.    
This was the scissors fob we gave at the Shared Stitches night.  Charms were collected all weekend to add to the fob.   This is our Shared Stitches project.  It is a project that is only available to the retreat attendees, as each teacher donated a band and we put it all together in a sampler.   These gals are dressed for a party. 
 I just love their great hats.   
Tina and I make hundreds of strawberries for one of the daily gifts.  I wish I had a photo of all of them together   This was the final gift, Dovo scissors and a floral case.   Here are all the sweet surprises everyone received throughout the weekend.  It is always so sad when it is all over...  We love doing the retreat


Retreat 2016

Our 2016 Retreat was a blast,  We had amazing teachers teachers, gorgeous projects, and fabulous participants.  We all had a great time meeting friends, and making new memories.  This year our theme was "Embrace the Journey".  It was such a great theme.   We stayed at the most gorgeous spot in Park City-  The Canyons.  It is a beautiful hotel with all the amenities.  Thank you so much to everyone who left their busy lives to come stitch with us all weekend. 
 Our Retreat started on Tuesday and Wednesday with an open house at the Shop in Ogden, We are dressed and ready for visitors  Jeannette Douglas helps Teri at  the front counter.  They love to visit and chat with everyone.  The shop open house is a crazy and super fun, with lots of new and fun things stitched.   Paulette of Plum Street designs (left), Brenda of With Thy Needle and Thread (middle), pose with Des their chauffeur for the day.  
 Darling friends from far and wide make the trip to visit us at the shop for those first couple of days.  It is so much fun to visit and catch up.    On to the Canyons for the Retreat to begin.  We set up a shop up in Park City to highlight the teachers, and any of the attending designers that would like to participate.  We have special things just for the Retreat shop, and all sorts of fun things to buy.  We are finished setting up the retreat shop up in Park City and take a moment to breathe before we open up.  
 The shop up there has so many delights.  The teachers bring new designs and different things so everyone is so excited.    The Blackbirds had a fun section, They brought new stitching dot magnets that were a total hit.  In the back you can see our finished model of the Garden club.   Sharon from the Purple thread, set up a display of her wonderful things'  She has so many fine and intriguing kits and designs. 

Here is part of the accessory table, brimming with cool and unusual things we had gathered all year.  
This is part of Brenda's display, she brought so many new charts to the joy of all.   We do a free pattern each day, and  make up kits as well.  This year, we had a fun Halloween Hare from Paulette and a new fall chart from Teri.  
As part of our Retreat we do a exchange, to support the Heifer Project ( )  This year we made scissor fobs to exchange.  Everyone who donates a scissor fob, also donates $5.00 all of which goes towards our Heifer project.  Shepherd's Bush matches all money collected for this project and together we send girls to school under developed countries.   With all the money collected, and a match grant from Heifer, we were able to send 20 girls to school.  Thanks so much everyone. This project really hit home as we could make a difference in young lives.    
The Welcome project was to stitch luggage  tags.  The tags were already made by a dear friend of ours (Lonii).  Everyone stitched their names and then put them onto their printed tote bag.   The Tote bags were in the registration packets.   
Here are the class projects they were wonderful and so different.  The Blackbirds had an antique sampler, and taught a pincushion.  It was wonderful.  Their country was Scotland.  
Jeanette's project was a journey box.  It had many little parts and pincushions.  Wonderful colors and so beautiful.  Her country was Holland.
Linda, Chessie and Me did a sweet sewing box that her girl would have brought with her as she emigrated from England (her country).  The box was filled with sweet needlework implements 
Paulette's country was America (of course).  Her amazing sampler had a historical flair.  George Washington crossing the Delaware, Lincoln with a flag, the pilgrims and so many more wonderful motifs.  So much fun.
Brenda from With Thy Needle and Thread brought a fabulous Christmas piece.  It is a shadow box with all sorts of darling Christmas things.  The box is a perfect fit for all the stitched pieces 
Cece Stricklin from the Thread Gatherer was our speaker on Friday night.  She told everyone about the history of the color of red.  She is a dyer and knows so many great facts and odd trivia.  she gave everyone the sampler pattern and a beautiful pincushion  to match.  
Classed were so much fun, no matter which teachers you had.  
Leslie is showing her completed scissor fob.  Everyone was given a charm with each event. By the end of the week end, it was sooooo neat, filled with charms from all over. even an english penny that Caroline Seldon brought to share with everyone.  
Here are the great purple scissors, hand crafted just for us from Italy.  The scissor fob has charms from around the world.  
 This was the project we all shared On Thursday evening.  It was our Shared Stitches, and each teacher contributed a pincushion pattern from their country.  Here are all the wonderful treasures that everyone received at during the weekend.  Hopefully everything is filled with wonderful memories of a time spent with old friends and new ones.
And then,  the retreat that we have dreamed of, planned about and prepared for is over, and it is time to say goodbye and bid safe travels.  That is the worst part of the weekend...knowing that it will be another two years before we gather again here under the Autumn skies to visit and share a small piece of our lives with each other.  Be safe everyone, and we shall hope to see you all again in 2018.  hugs, Tina...and Teri