Come spend a long weekend with Megan Avery, longtime sewing instructor and your personal camp counselor for the weekend. She'll help you with your challenging sewing projects and take you to all her secret Catskills hikes and swimming holes when you're not sewing.
Workshops will take place in our peaceful sewing studio set on 5 acres of natural beauty in the heart of the Catskills. Megan fell in love with this property and now lives here full-time and teaches sewing here year-round. She has converted one of the outbuildings into a cozy, open-air sewing studio (in warmer months) & invites everyone to experience it with her at Sewing Camp.
Sewing camp guests will stay at our Retreat House, a gorgeous 6 bedroom house, set on a lake, 3.5 miles from the studio.
- Thursday 6-9pm: Arrive at Retreat House in Stamford NY
- Thursday 7-9pm: Welcome Reception at Retreat House
- Friday & Saturday 10am -1pm: Sewing at the Studio
- Friday & Saturday 1-2pm Lunch: Provided by Hipstitch Academy Studio
- Friday & Saturday 2-4pm: Sewing at the Studio
- Friday & Saturday 4pm - 6pm: Guided Nature & Recreation Time or Free Sewing
- Saturday 7pm: BBQ & Bonfire
- Sunday 9am: Departure
The Retreat House
While attending Sewing Camp, you'll stay at this gorgeous 6 bedroom home located at 4 Holly Tree Road in Stamford NY. It's located 3.5 miles from the Sewing Studio (110 Gaffey Rd, Harpersfield NY). Each guest can choose to have their own private bedroom or share with a friend (also sharing a queen sized bed), access to the houses multiple bathrooms, kitchen, living areas and multiple porches. The house is directly across from Rexmere Lake. You'll share the retreat large retreat house with 5-7 other guests. The retreat house is walking distance to coffee shops, cafes, a convenience store, a grocery store, a drug store & more.
Megan will meet everyone at the house on the night of your arrival and show you around where you'll be staying. You're invited to join the group for vegetarian lunch Friday & Saturday, as well as BBQ dinner on Saturday. Breakfasts and other dinners will be on your own.
You are welcome to sew whatever you would like at the Catskills Sewing Retreat. Bring sewing projects that will challenge you! You'll have access to Megan's personalized instruction from 10am - 4pm on Friday and Saturday.
If you are a beginner, we suggest starting with some of our Hipstitch Academy Learn to Sew Projects in order to solidify your sewing skills. Or find a beginner sewing pattern to tackle over the weekend. If you have no idea where to start, just show up. We'll take care of the rest.
If you already have sewing experience and have a pile of projects you'd like to tackle - this is exactly what the weekend is meant for. Gather your fabric and notions needed for these challenging projects and bring them with you!
Bring any sewing tools you already have and cannot live without. Small tools like scissors, pins, thread, needles, measuring devices, writing utensils can be accessed at the retreat, but if you have your own, it's recommended you bring them with you.
Please note: Fabric & other supplies are not included in the price of the retreat. You can purchase fabric at the retreat. We have a limited supply of sewing patterns, as well as woven & knit fabrics.
Sewing machines can be rented if you don't have your own or don't feel like dragging it with you. There are plenty of irons (regular home irons) and ironing stations, so you don't have to worry about that.
You will have access to numerous sewing pattern options that you can choose from and utilize. These may need to be printed and taped together at the retreat. So if you'd rather not spend your class time doing that, come prepared.
"I just returned from an amazing weekend sewing retreat at Hipstitch Outpost - Megan Avery's lovely, comfortable and rustic home in the Catskills. We were blessed with terrific weather that let us sew outdoors in a safe and socially distant manner. After months of isolation from the pandemic, it was just what the doctor ordered.
Instruction: I had already taken several classes at M. Avery Studio with Megan, so I knew she was a great instructor. That was reinforced this weekend as I observed her guiding new and experienced sewists through some pretty complex projects. One attendee made a fitted shirt, another made a reversible apron with built-in crossover straps AND a trapeze style dress, and a third made a pretty complicated baby carrier and some masks. I used the weekend to focus on two quilt projects I was having trouble finishing at home due to daily distractions and lack of space.
Megan: Her style is laid back but her instruction is spot on. Her years of experience with sewists of every age and skill level have given her the ability to meet students where they are and help them get to the next level. She is very responsive but never intrusive, which allows her students to build confidence in a safe environment. Her sewing knowledge is vast
The Takeaway: The weekend wasn't just about sewing. It was about coming together with new friends with common interests, sharing some awesome bonding moments (campfire with peanut butter cup s'mores!!!) and relaxation.
Sewing instruction was available 10 to 4 each day and outside of that we could hike, relax, or swim in the local swimming hole. It was as much about escaping the pressures of daily life and living in the moment as it was about sewing. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to complete a sewing project in a gorgeous setting with a great teacher on hand for lots of individual attention."
-Michelle McGreivey North Bergen, NJ
"The entire weekend was so perfectly designed. From arrival to departure Megan made sure we were welcome at her beautiful chalet retreat. The rooms were so comfy and fun. BUT the sewing was the best part. I hadn't sewn anything since I was a teenager and I left having completed 5 complete projects, clutches, a t-shirt and an apron. Who would have thought! And I immediately bought a sewing machine when I came home. But I will be back to the Hoboken studio to learn more with Megan and her team."
-Beth C. Jersey City, NJ
"I'm pleased as punch with my placemats and napkins that I made at the sewing retreat! And so happy I had the opportunity to spend some time in such a beautiful setting. It was a great weekend"
-Denise J. Milwaukee, WI
"Megan helped me design a pattern from a vest I love, then I sewed the vest and it was perfect! Everything about the weekend was great! "
-Noreen G. Austin, TX
"I think the thing that made it extra special was having quiet unencumbered time in such a beautiful home. And you cooked so healthy too. Speaking to the full experience of it all - it was a vacation where we got to learn and do sewing in addition to the getaway, which made it even so much more fun."
-Emily A. New York, NY
"I enjoyed the laid back nature of activities, location was beautiful, I liked that you had the different types of fabric. That Megan and Lauren (instructors) were available for questions / support was of the greatest value to me. I think encouraging participants to challenge themselves with skills they don't know is ideal. I certainly was a bit nervous about embarking on pants on my own and know I would have gotten frustrated had I not had the support of the instructors there."
"Both instructors were very helpful & really nice people!! I just wish I got further along w one of my projects (no ones fault but my own) wish I was more motivated to get help on certain things. So sweet & thoughtful of Megan to give necklaces & cards. I loved it & I'm so glad that I went!!!"
-Laura L. New York, NY
"Just finished a fun/productive sewing class in the Catskills. Megan was so patient and helpful. I finished several projects (bags, dress, fixed shirt, and cut out a tunic). The accommodations were great, very comfortable. I'm planning on returning next year. "
-Liz. D, Jersey City NJ
1 Person - With Accommodations
1 Person - Retreat Only - No Accommodations*
July 28-31, 2022
4 Spots Remain
August 18-21, 2022
2 Spots Remain
Please note: You can pay for the retreat in full when you sign up, or choose to pay 1/2 non-refundable deposit upfront and the balance in 2 months.
* The No Accommodations options still includes lunch both days and BBQ Saturday.