Life is hectic, but every once in a while we get a chance to experience a magical day.
On Thursday, May 30th, two friends and I travelled to the little community of Jordan Village, Ontario, located on Twenty Mile Creek and the Niagara escarpment. This charming community, settled in 1799 by a small group of Mennonites, is home to some of Ontario’s most prestigious vineyards and winemakers, and is especially known for its world class production of icewine.
The weather was glorious. Sunny and hot. Our purpose was to celebrate Kate’s birthday with a lovely lunch and a trip to one of Kate’s favourite shops, Stitch.
Kate and Jenny in front of Stitch in Jordan, Ontario.
Stitch is a haven for quilters, knitters, and fiber artists. It was my first visit, and, as you will see from the following, I LOVED it!
Located in a century home, the design aesthetic of owner Jocelyn Chamberlain took my breath away. As it proclaims on the signage, she truly has created a sanctuary for stitchers, quilters, and knitters. The shop’s wares are arranged artfully among an impressive antique furniture collection. THIS is the place for inspiration. The little pincushion bird’s nest above can be made in one of her project classes from the hand dyed silk velvet that she stocks in the shop. Isn’t it just delightful?
My sensibilities were soon saturated – there were so many wonderful things! You can purchase the patterns (and the fabric) to make the sweet little boy and elephant perched on the corner of the table.
Every room revealed a new trove of treasures, such as this incredible quilt draped across the 0h-so-comfy couch. I’d like to just move in, if only for the afternoon.
Of course, there were many quilt options – patterns, fabric, workshops, tools, silk thread and kits.
Stitch offers a hand printing workshop – these carved wooden blocks can be used to print on either paper or cloth. Arranged thus, they are simply beautiful objects in and of themselves.
Jocelyn had just returned from “Quilt Market” in Portland Oregon. Little Elsie Cabbage is among a few of the things that she managed to carry home in her suitcase to enjoy before the major fabric shipment arrives.
In addition to the many yarns Stitch carries from major manufacturers, there was a lovely grouping of hand dyed and hand spun skeins by a local artist that were visually lush and soooo soft to the touch.
Having worked up our appetites, we were off to lunch at Inn on the Twenty. The dining room overlooks the lush and beautiful Twenty Valley, towards the Ball’s Falls Conservation Area.
Kate – veterinarian by trade, wife, mother of two, quilter and knitter “extraordinaire” – opened her birthday presents.
Lunch was truly divine. I chose the special of the day: Fiddlehead and Arugula Salad with Kobe-style Beef. It was delicious.
Birthdays are about dessert, right? We shared three, but my favourite was this lemon custard atop a chardonnay jelly. Oh my! Well worth the trip just for this!
Alas, it was all too soon ended. Later that evening Kate sent a note:
Dear closest friends,
Thank you both for such a lovely perfect day. Thanks Jenny for doing all the driving. Thank you both for a gorgeous (expensive) super luxury lunch. Thank you both for such lovely thoughtful perfect gifts. Thank you especially for the most valuable gift: your time, and an entire day to hang out together. You spoil me. I feel very loved.
Our lives are qualified beyond measure by such special days. May we all be blessed with enough of these.
Stitch is located at 3799 Main Street, Jordan Village, Ontario, Canada L0R 1S0 905- 562-1505 222. www.stitchonline.ca The shop is open every day except Monday and until 10:30 on Friday evenings.
Inn On The Twenty Restaurant is located at 3836 Main Street, Jordan, Ontario, Canada L0R 1S0
Telephone 905-562-7313. There is also a resort and spa attached. Reservations recommended.