I have some business to take care of on this page – including thanking the sponsors who provided goodies for the SWAG bags – and I promise I’ll get to it soon. In the meantime, I’ve released the dates for the 2018 Sew Camps. We will have 2 sew camps in 2018 – March 23 – 25, 2018 and September 21 – 23, 2018. Hope to see you there.
Carriage Corner Sew Camp Basic Details
There are a maximum of 10 spaces available at Sew Camp. Rooms will be filled on a first come/first served basis and the cost is $425 for the weekend. If you wish to share a room with a friend, please provide their name when you email.
Included in your registration:
March 29, 2017 – First Carriage Corner Sew Camp Recap
Whew! That’s a mouthful! I’m happy to say that I survived the first ever Carriage Corner Sew Camp. While I wish I had had more time to sew, I actually didn’t anticipate having much – but I am so very, very thankful for the time that I did have, the conversations, the laughter and the new friendships that are developing as a result of #CarriageCornerSewCamp.
One camper chose to come a day early and stay until Monday and it was so much fun having you! We had some other guests on Friday morning, so all the guests were treated to a the typical B&B breakfast – on Friday morning it started with a yummy gluten free coffee cake and was followed by a potato & Gruiere crustless quiche served with sausage and sliced pears drizzled with a dark vanilla balsalmic. The other attendees timed their arrival just perfect. Breakfast was mostly done, but because my kitchen cleaning B&B helper had decided to get the flu, I needed to do the kitchen clean up before we left. So as the other ladies arrived, they joined Carolyn at the dining room table and had coffee & coffee cake.
A little bit later than anticipate, we all trooped out to the driveway where my better half unloaded sewing machines and projects and carried them into the sewing space while we went to FabricMart. We arrived right around 11:30 or so. There were photo ops and while I even put my camera into my purse, I didn’t pull it out once. We were given the grand tour of FabricMart and I was surprised how big it is! If you haven’t been there, you should go. They have patterns and notions too! I was good and only bought 3 pieces of fabric – each one is big enough to make some tacky matching GG & Eleanor outfits! (I don’t even want to tell you how excited I am about that prospect.)
As usual, after getting home – I had loads of fabric envy and wished that I had shared fabric with everyone. At the top is a link to the Carriage Corner Sew Camp hashtag on Instagram and so far both B & S have shared their purchases with the world.
Anyway – once we got back to the B&B, we got sewing machines set up and projects out. I learned that Friday night we want to cater dinner in – after being out most of the day, everyone wants to just settle down to get to know one another and sew.
It was an absolutely blessing that Carolyn was here. Saturday started with B getting a serger lesson; saw C ripping, ripping and doing more ripping to a dress she had brought that had fabulous beading on the neckline but needed fit help. She got loads of fit help and hopefully will translate that to her paper pattern (which she didn’t bring or it would be done already). S started the morning by transferring her tunic alterations to her tissue, she then picked a piece of fabric from my stash, cut and mostly sewed up a beautifully fitting tunic from The Tunic Bible. It went home waiting for trim and hems and since S is now on instagram and leaving comments on blogs, I have no doubt we’ll see that finished tunic soon. (You can find all the Sew Camp attendees through the instagram hashtag link above.)
Saturday evening we all went out for dinner as a group – lesson number 2, make reservations or cater both nights. Upon getting back, sewing happened until later in the evening. Sunday morning B was up early, she grabbed a cup of tea and went to sew before breakfast was ready – yea!! this is what I wanted. I know there are plenty of places where people can go to learn with an ‘expert,’ especially on the East Coast, but sewing can be so solitary and it’s nice to know that there really are other people out there who like fabric and making things. My goal with hosting CarriageCornerSewCamps is to help create that community; and build friendships and connections. Each of the ladies who attended our first very intimate Sew Camp are now on instagram, they are all private so request to follow them. My personal experiences with attending the Sewing Retreats sponsored by the Seattle Chapter of ASG where amazing. I left with such fond memories and while there wasn’t a dedicated person there to answer questions and help with fitting, we all pitched in. Fitting books were poured over, darts and excess fabric were pinned out, modifications were transferred to patterns, garments were tried on, great conversations were had, and sewing happened. As we sat and sewed we learned who would help us with a question and who we could help and that’s my goal – to create a similar experience here.
When you attend Sew Camp at Carriage Corner you get the full Bed & Breakfast experience. You stay in one of our 5 rooms – 2 of the rooms have pull out beds (one double, one twin) both of them have fabulous memory foam mattresses and you wouldn’t know you were sleeping on a pull out. You sew in our personal space – there is a kitchen, and powder room available to you. We provided irons & ironing boards, tables, extension cords with serge protectors and a couple of Ott Lights. I also have 2 machines I can loan, if you are flying and don’t want to cart your machine. Also, the Hubby will move your sewing paraphernalia to and from your car so you don’t have to. The space is separate from our sleeping space so you can feel free to stay up as late as you want or get an early start (this was lesson #3 – I’m so used to closing the office door at night that I didn’t even think about it – won’t happen next time).
March 2, 2017 – Sewing Camp/Retreat
I thought I’d share a little about my desire to host sewing retreats at Carriage Corner. Before moving to the heart of Amish Farmlands, we lived in Seattle and I belonged to the Great Seattle Chapter of the American Sewing Guild. I am still a member of ASG, belonging to the Philadelphia Chapter now.
3. 2 1/2 glorious days to sew my little heart out. Are you a morning person? Want to get up at 5 and start sewing? Everything is set up, coffee is on so go right ahead, you won’t bother anyone. Maybe you are a night owl and you get on a roll and you want to keep sewing until 2 or 3 in the morning. Probably there will be at least one other person there with you. But if you are the last woman sewing, just make sure the irons are off, flip a couple switches and off you go to bed.
4. Social – sewing can be a very solitary hobby. Yes, there are blogs and various social events. Many of them right here on the East Coast – for example: Workroom Social, Cashmerette and Gertie
One additional “treat” to the Carriage Corner Sew Camp attendees is a trip to Fabric Mart. We will meet at the B&B on Friday morning. We’ve rented a van so that all of the attendees can travel to Fabric Mart together. The Fabric Mart staff will be waiting to assist us with purchases and will ship your goodies home if you don’t want to carry them. After the shopping spree, we will have lunch at a nearby restaurant (which, other than your fabric, is the only meal not included in the entire weekend). When we get back to the B&B, you can settle in and then join us for a Wine & Cheese reception at the local yarn store which is in walkable distance from the B&B.