My beading group's annual bead retreat was this past weekend. We had a wonderful time. For the last few years we have made our hostess, Donna, a gift. This year it was a denim jacket that we all took turns making bead embroidered flowers. Above you can see the back of the jacket.
Below is a detail from the left side of the jacket.
Another view of detail from the right side of the jacket.
Yes, it really is a bead retreat! Here are Donna, Kathie, and Hollie.
Laura made a beautiful freeform bracelet for her daughter.
One of the beading tables. A beadiful mess!
Everyone always brings more beads and projects than we can possibly do, but we are always so optimistic. I pulled all my beads out of the bags I brought up but haven't sorted through them yet - still want to hang on to the good feeling of spending time with friends, beading all day, staying up late talking, and just having a grand time.