Our Go + Sew posts feature upcoming modern sewing retreats and conferences so you can plan ahead to attend an event. The latest is the Modern Domestic Home Sewn Weekend in Portland, Oregon! Learn all about the instructors, classes and activities, and plan your trip to Portland today…

Find more information about Home Sewn Weekend on the Modern Domestic site. Many of the photos here show the gorgeous Modern Domestic space, where the event takes place.


The Event: Modern Domestic Home Sewn Weekend
Modern Domestic is hosting Home Sewn Weekend, a three-day, hands-on sewing and quilting event October 10th-12th, 2014, with national instructors Lizzy House and Blair Stocker, and special guests Susan Beal and Sarai Mitnick.

Where + When:
Home Sewn Weekend will take place from Friday, October 10th through Sunday, October 12th at Modern Domestic (1408 NE Alberta St., Portland, OR 97211).

How much does it cost, and what’s included?
The cost for the retreat is $550 and includes five unique workshops, a field trip to a local design studio, use of BERNINA sewing and embroidery machines, sergers, tool-kits and many of the supplies for the projects. Additionally, all days include breakfast, lunch and light snacks. Registration is available online, in-person or by calling 503-808-9910.

This is the first Home Sewn Weekend and there are 16 spots available. We plan for this to be a biannual event. The idea is that it is an intimate sewing weekend.

Lodging Options:
We are happy to make recommendations for nearby places to stay and places to have dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings (we are not providing accommodations or dinners). Give us a call at (503) 808-9910 if you have any questions. Sign up in the shop, on the phone or on our website.

What does the schedule look like?
Friday morning will kick-off with breakfast and a beautiful cowl sewing project made with Pendleton® wool. This will get you acquainted with the wonderful BERNINAs that you will be sewing on all weekend. Susan Beal will stop by for an inspiring trunk show and she will chat about sewing with wool, which is the theme of her beautiful new book Hand-Stitched Home: Projects to Sew with Pendleton® & Other Wools.

After lunch get ready to learn “Faux Bois” stitching on a quilted throw pillow with Blair Stocker. This is a super technique that you will want to use over and over in your projects. Blair is also bringing projects from her beautiful new book Wise Craft. If you have not had a chance to cozy up with her book yet, this is the perfect opportunity. It is full of projects designed to keep you creating year-round!

We will break for dinner to give you the chance explore the famous Alberta Street dining experience on your own. Many delicious eateries are walking distance from our studio; we are happy to tell you all about our favorites! After dinner, head back to Modern Domestic for more stitching fun. Both Friday and Saturday evenings we will break up into smaller groups where you will work on a fun, Modern Domestic-exclusive embroidery project designed by Lizzy House and our own talented staff. There will be open-sewing and tasty beverages too!

Saturday morning we will take a field trip to the new headquarters of the Colette Patterns Studio. We will visit, chat and take a tour with Sarai and her crew, so think of all the questions you have ever wanted to ask her in person and get ready to be inspired! Returning to the Modern Domestic studio in the afternoon, you will begin The Meadow Block with Lizzy, her exclusive, never-released and awesome quilt design full of fun techniques. This project will take place over two days; it is stunning and fun to make!

Lizzy House with the Meadow Quilt

Sunday we will reconvene for breakfast in the morning and you will continue working on The Meadow Blocks. And because we couldn’t resist, we also have a surprise project planned with Lizzy in the afternoon. We are keeping this one a secret though, because surprises are fun!

Are there other things to do in the area?
Lots! We are located in the heart of the Alberta Arts District where there is shopping, dining, music and more!