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2024 USA Retreat - 1 Day ticket - Thu 13 June 24

This One - Day ticket allows access to our classes with two of our fantastic CraftyMonkies tutors: Victoria van der Laan and Jennie Pickett

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2024 USA Retreat - 1 Day ticket - Thu 13 June 24
2024 USA Retreat - 1 Day ticket - Thu 13 June 24

Time & Location

13 Jun 2024, 09:30 – 16:30 GMT-4

Lancaster, 2400 Willow Street Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602, USA

About the Event

2024 Midweek USA Craft Retreat - Thursday 13  June 2024

Featuring Victoria van der Laan & Jennie Pickett

Venue: Doubletree Resort by Hilton Hotel in Lancaster, PA, USA

This One-Day ticket gives you access to the fabulous CraftyMonkies USA Midweek Craft Retreat for this day and you will work with both Victoria and Jennie.

The wonderful Doubletree Resort by Hilton Hotels, Lancaster PA, chosen for its accessibility is the location for our first ever USA retreat so exciting! With this ticket you will need to arrive at the Hilton for a 9.30am start for your tailor made sewing classes on Thursday 13th June, a  Lunch & light refreshments will be served on this day.

At this point we are looking at a maximum of  30 students per group with your teacher, we believe in attentive teaching, we don't want to have hundreds of students to one teacher, we prefer an much more intimate setting, with plenty of space for you to work in and personal tuition from each of your teachers.

The Doubletree Resort by Hilton Hotels fits within our CraftyMonkies  Craft Retreat ethos: luxury, quality, attentive service, beautiful views and a stunning environment in which to learn, focus, relax, make friends, enjoy terrific food, (including cake!) and learn new invaluable skills. We want your every need to be catered for.

Victoria van der Laan- Thursday 13 June 2024

"Explore stretched patchwork with me! After nearly a year and a half of a weekly practice making 8 x 8 inch patchwork sketches I've really come to embrace working small and allowing the materials in front of me to guide my work. In this workshop I'll share how I approach working intuitively, responding to the materials in front of me in the moment to really open up creative possibilities for patchwork. I'll ask you to bring a bunch of small scraps in all different shapes, colors, and patterns, some for you to use and some to add to a collective pile for everyone to pull from. Working with someone else's scraps can really open you up to new ideas! I'll share some general approaches I take when making these pieces, including both variations of traditional quilt blocks and improvisational "formulas". I've come to love the quick and tidy finish of stretching these pieces on stretcher bars, just like a painting, and I will share my technique for doing this as well."

Jennie Pickett - Thursday 13 June 2024

"When people ask me what I do, the first thing I say is I'm a quilter, but that I rarely make quilts! I cannot resist a good quilted project and I'm so excited to be teaching a fun, quilted organizer that will be a great use of scraps or your precious pieces that you can hardly bear to use. This little organizer will be perfect for taking your hand stitching project on the go, or for using at a retreat like this one to keep all your supplies organized and at your fingertips, so you have more time to finish your other projects and aren't always hunting for your notions. Kits will be available to purchase online before the event.!"

Here's what you will need for your CraftyMonkies 2024 USA One-Day ticket:- 

  • Your own fabric you would like to sew with (more details to follow but it will simply be from your own stash, no need to buy anything fancy!) 
  • Sewing machine in good working order – with manual, and standard sewing machine feet. If you are unfamiliar with your machine, please take a few minutes to practice stitching in a straight line. You will need no further skills than that! 
  • Sewing threads in neutral colours (cream, ecru, greys – bring what you have!) and coloured swing machine threads for embroidery stitches. 
  • Rotary Cutter (45mm rotary cutter is the best size) and mat (18” x 24 approx so a fat 1Ž4 fits on it easily) – please check that the cutting blade is sharp. I will have some spare bits of equipment, but it means you may have to share! 
  • Rulers – Easy Rule 2 (long ruler) and any square rulers you have hidden away will be useful. 
  • General sewing kit (pins, scissors, stitch ripper, etc). 
  • Optional items – craft iron and ironing mat (so you don’t have to queue!). There is an ironing station planned with domestic irons, so only bring small irons and don’t worry if you don’t have one – it’s not vital. 


  • USA One Day Ticket - 13 June

    This ticket gives you entry to the One Day sewing classes with Victoria van der Laan and Jennie Pickett. You will work with both and will have refreshments and a lovely lunch provided. Class starts at 9.30am and ends at 4.30pm (Eastern Time)

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