• Slow Stitching at Camp Medomak •

• Slow Stitching at Camp Medomak •



Would you like to slow down and spend some quality time with your stitching?  Maine is a beautiful place to turn down the volume, shut off the email, leave the phone in your room, and spend some time with a needle and thread.  Two world class sewists and makers: Chawne Kimber & Alison Glass will share their time, their stitches, and their spirit with you for four days in Washington, ME, August of 2016.

Join Chawne and Alison at the Medomak Retreat Center in Washington, ME where you can relax, unwind and dive into your stitching practice. You will sleep in a modern yet rustic cabin, eat three meals a day with the community, and spend as much time as you like with needle and thread.  Each morning will be spent with Chawne or Alison, learning their techniques and tips, and practicing new skills-or sharpening old ones.   Chawne is returning this year to teach her unique vision of Stitching Small. Make Room for Roberta! Alison will show you how to combine woven and jersey fabrics to make a beautiful hand stitched scarf or pillow.  In the afternoons you will have the choice to go back and continue working with your morning teacher, work on your own, in small groups, or go off and do some non-stitching activities. You will spend a day and a half with each teacher, with plenty of time for inspirational wanderings. We will have a small field trip to the coast, and a couple of fabulous local fabric stores, on Thursday. The focus will be on slowing down, taking time, connecting to your practice, the community, and your inner voice. Evenings will be open for more stitching, star gazing, cricket concerts, bonfires (s'mores!), chatting and anything else you might like to do in Maine in August....

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~Monday evening, August 8th, through breakfast, Friday August 12th, 2016~

Teachers: Chawne Kimber and Alison Glass

Participants: Thirty

Location: Medomak Retreat Center, Washington, Maine

Skill Level: All are welcome!

Fee: $1,100.00

Registration includes lodging in a cabin with one roommate, meals and instruction for five days.  The cabins are rustic and spare, but comfortable. You can have a private cabin all to yourself for an extra $200. Let us know if you prefer this option.  You can also split the registration up into two payments of $550. Send me an email if you want this option and I will send you invoices. Otherwise, all you have to do is get yourself here, I'll take care of the rest.  Do let me know if you have any food allergies, and if you are a committed snorer....

Medomak Retreat Center is in Washington, Maine, about 80 minutes from the Portland airport, 3 hours drive from Boston, 7 hours from NYC.  Washington is only 30 minutes inland from Camden. The campus has 250 acres of blueberry fields, forest and lakefront with trails for hiking, tennis courts, canoes and kayaks available. The cabins are clean but spare and you have two choices of arrangements.  Share acabin with one other for the $1,100, or if you'd like a more intimate experience pay another $200 for a private cabin, just register here and send us an email stating your needs, and we will send you a separate invoice for the balance.

Please check your schedule before you register. Refunds will only be given up to June 15, 2016, minus a $75 administration fee, and requests must be received in writing. After 6/15/16 there are no refunds without exception, transfers will considered on a case-by-case basis.

A materials list will be sent well in advance of the retreat.





Chawne Kimber

Chawne is a quilter and embroiderer known for detailed pixelated stitch portraits and for her use of bold colors in her original improvisational quilt designs. She has never shied away from a challenge due to tedium and has never met a color she didn't think had potential. Hand piecing, hand quilting, and very, very, slow machine stitching are just her speed. When not stitching, Chawne can be found knitting, teaching math, or proving theorems.

Alison Glass

Alison Glass is a surface designer living in Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Aspiring to create a career for herself, Alison started a design business in 2007 focusing on space remodels and custom home decor pieces. Her love of color and shape and the combination of the two eventually lead to making the decision to step back from the local design business and work toward her goal of creating artwork for surfaces. She is thrilled for the opportunity to design fabric for Andover.

Alison is inspired by the multitude of details in the world, both natural and those made by artisans, particularly in urban architecture. She is passionate about the ideas of making choices that are consistent with who a person is, being increasingly comfortable with ambiguity, and continuing to move forward and live in the new. She loves to talk about these ideas, as well as art, design, architecture, color, kids, okay, pretty much anything, with anyone who cares to talk! She is incredibly grateful to her husband and kids, for who they are, and for their enthusiasm and support of her work, as well as the amazing varied and interesting friends she is meeting along the way who are a constant source of inspiration and new possibilities. You can find her website at Alison Glass Design.