We continue our new Go + Sew series with information on Camp Stichalot. We’re sharing information about modern sewing conferences and retreats so you can learn more, plan ahead and maybe even attend one of these fun events! Camp Stitchalot is a sewing retreat hosted by Pink Castle Fabrics in Michigan. Brenda from Pink Castle Fabrics gives us the details about the weekend retreat (the next retreat is this August!)…


The Event: Camp Stitchalot
Remember Camp when you were younger? This is like that, with sewing… And hot water… And better food… And no bugs! Camp Stitchalot is a sewing retreat which runs Friday through Saturday, with an optional Open Sew all day Thursday. You will have “Camp Counselors” who will be teaching a variety of classes throughout the weekend. Your ticket will include lodging, all meals and even the classes! Camp Stitchalot is held in Pleasant Lake, Michigan at a Bed and Breakfast called the Hankerd Inn. It’s about an hour outside Ann Arbor where the Pink Castle Fabrics shop is located.

How much does it cost, and what’s included?
Tickets for Camp (Friday through Sunday) are $525 for a twin bed in a shared room or $475 if you share a queen bedroom with a friend, plus $100 if you opt in for the extra day on Thursday. We don’t have any classes on Thursday; it’s just an open sew with the teachers. The cost of the ticket includes lodging at the camp and all brunches and dinners.


Classes + Projects
Since we take over the whole inn for the weekend, there’s no closing time for the sewing room. And since you don’t have to worry about where and when dinner is you save all the time of planning and going to find something elsewhere. The campers REALLY get a lot done because of this. It’s very satisfying to leave the retreat with finished projects. AND you are getting a lot of time with the teachers. They sew and eat alongside the campers and you really do get a better chance to get to know everyone. There are only 30 tickets for each camp so it stays small and intimate. It’s been really fun the last two camps. Everyone exchanges info and stays in touch. You see campters talking to each other on Instagram and online. It’s really a cool thing… It’s like camp when you are a kid and then you get a pen pal for life. Except we sew and talk about fabric!

The Inn is on a golf course and has a lot of living rooms and decks to sit on and relax. Since there’s no where else you need to go, we get time in the evenings to hand sew and chat (or have a drink). Some of the ladies bring treats to share and we all make new friends. Here’s a link to our May Camp Flickr group.


When is Camp Stichalot?
We plan to have two more camps this year and four camps next year (this year’s events are available to purchase now). We will be having a camp this August 9-11 (optional extra day on the 8th), 2013. This camp has a modern quilting theme. Dan Rouse, Amanda Jean Nyberg, Jacquie Gering and Rossie Hutchinson are each going to teach a different modern quilting technique. The top image in this post is a sample quilt to show what we are learning. As well as learning the techniques we will be having a discussion on ways to use them together in a quilt and how to plan a modern quilt. Find more information and registration here.


Upcoming Camps:
December 6-8 (optional extra day on the 5th). This camp will focus on small projects that are perfect for gift giving. Anna Graham (Noodlehead), Jeni Baker (In Color Order) and Debbie Grifka (Esch House Quilts) are each showing a small project from start to finish. We will also have extra open sewing time to finish up holiday sewing. Find more information and registration here.

2014 Camps:
March 27-30 (teachers TBA)
June 6-8: Tula Pink, Katy Jones, John Adams and Deborah Moebes (tickets will be available in a few months)
September 18-24 (teachers TBA)
November 13-16 (teachers TBA)