**UPDATE 9/30: We are full!! Thanks everyone for your interest!! **
I want to share a crazy little idea I’ve had bouncing around in my brain for a while now. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a little weekend sewing retreat at my studio in Ann Arbor?? I think this would be so great. So I’ll tell you what I’m thinking and if enough people are interested we’ll make it happen.
The concept is this: A weekend of sewing in the studio; you bring your machine and projects and sew whatever you want — Washi Dresses, quilts, kids’ clothes, whatever — all weekend long. I will be on hand throughout the weekend to answer questions and teach mini-presentations based on whatever comes up (shirring lessons? dart how-tos? seam finishes?). If there’s a need, I will do individual Washi bodice fittings. I’ve asked Karen LePage (one of the most experienced and capable seamstresses I know) to help teach/fit/present as well, so there will be two of us available to help everyone out. We’d make sure to have plenty of free sewing time so that if you wanted to duck out for coffee or a shopping trip to Pink Castle Fabrics, stay as late as you want in the studio, or even wake up early and start sewing at the break of dawn, you can do that.
WHEN: The weekend of November 15, 16, and 17, 2013 (Fri-Sun)
EAT/SLEEP/TRANSPORT: It will be your responsibility to cover most meals and arrange lodging and transportation. There is plenty of reasonable hotel lodging in the area that I can help you find if need be. Everyone is welcome to join me for dinner on Friday (this meal will be covered in the cost of the event) and Saturday night. I’ll be hitting a couple of my favorite restaurants (Jolly Pumpkin and Frita Batidos are the two I have in mind), both of which have fantastic food. But if you’d rather go have a fancy white tablecloth dinner over at Gratzi, or eat every meal at the Cupcake Station, that’s perfectly fine too. There are so many amazing restaurants, lunch spots, and coffee shops all within walking distance of my studio — I’ll be sure to have plenty of menus and recommendations up on the studio bulletin board.
TIMES: The whole thing would run from Friday late afternoon to Sunday early afternoon, so people with Real Jobs wouldn’t have to take much time off. I’ll send out a rough itinerary of the weekend to those who are interested so you can get a good idea for the schedule before you actually put down a deposit, but the idea would be that Karen and I will be around Friday evening, during the day Saturday, and from Sunday until 2 pm. I can also have the studio open Friday and Saturday night for those who want to stay later and sew.
WHERE: Made By Rae sewing studio in downtown Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor is about 30 minutes from the Detroit Metro Airport)
Machine rentals: Brenda at Pink Castle has generously offered to rent her Janome or Bernette machines for the very reasonable cost of $20 for the weekend to anyone who would prefer not to travel with their machine. Let me know if you need this!
RSVP: If you are interested in participating in what is sure to be a SERIOUSLY FUN weekend, please follow this link to sign up to register. If you sign up, I’ll send you more information and an invoice for a deposit to hold your spot. I have space for about 10 or 11 people (maybe we can squeeze 12?), so space is very limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. We will only run the event if we have at least eight participants, so please tell your friends!
Hope you can come! It’s going to be fun, fun fun!!!