Sewing Retreat

Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 11/16/2016 to Sewing Projects

Do you ever have a hard time completing sewing projects at home?  (Do you ever NOT have a hard time completing projects at home?) Maybe it’s the family or the pets or the neighbors that need attention – maybe it’s the mess or the tv or the bills that distract us or maybe it is all of the above.

Going off on a sewing retreat is a great way to concentrate on your projects, learn new skills, meet new friends and relax in an atmosphere filled with all of your favorite things – like needles, thread, sewing machines, fabulous fabrics and other sewistas!  And the good news is that there are so many sewing retreats offered these days.

I decided to stick close to home and go on the Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Sewing Guild’s retreat, not even an hour’s drive away, but somehow a world away.  Camp Latgawa is somewhat rustic, beautiful, isolated and blissfully quiet, except for that stream that runs through it. The ASG members on the retreat – simply wonderful ladies. 

Here is a photo of a vest that I completed, with a felted square sewn to the back and another square cut in half and sewn to the front.  I don’t know how many ways I considered sewing this vest, but at the retreat, it just became clear that I should keep it simple and finish it.

It is difficult to describe what happens in a group of people who “retreat” together.  It does allow a sewist to relax, disconnect, explore and observe creative sparks in others.  I’d like to hear what has happened for other creative sewists on retreats and hear some recommendations for retreats that have been great for you.


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Chelle Cohen Date 11/22/2016
Your retreat sounds wonderful. And the vest you made is so cute! I went on a sewing retreat recently in Topeka, KS, at The Sewing Workshop - 3 days of sewing with new friends. It can't be beat!
Janet Elmes Date 11/29/2016
I love going on retreats! I totally agree about there always being some reason why I can't get any sewing done at home. I go one in May every year nearby Sydney Aus where I live and hoping to add a couple more to my annual programme. I also take my sewing machine and a project on holidays with me, whenever I can, and that works well too.
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