Knitting Camp 2018

September 20-23


10th Annual Needle Emporium Knitting Camp

Weekend Away

Imagine a weekend away with someone cooking your meals and making your bed. Oh yeah, you also get to knit all weekend!

Knitting Experience

Whether you bring a friend or two, or come alone, you'll enjoy the company of new friends with common interests and spend a few days where free gifts, surprises and interesting seminars by fantastic instructors await you.

Mini Yarn Shop

We take a small part of The Needle Emporium and set up a yarn shop at Camp. Yarns, kits, books, needles, knitting bags and accessories.

Fashion Show

On Friday evening we will be presenting a Fashion Show where you will see (and be able to feel) fabulous garments and accessories. After the Fashion Show there is time for you to try on garments.

You will have the option of starting your weekend Thursday night, Friday morning or Friday afternoon. Class Friday morning will be followed by the fashion show in the afternoon. In the evening there will be an optional seminar. Saturday is more classes with the student fashion show for your evening entertainment and Sunday morning classes will round off your class schedule.


Instructors


Fiona Ellis

Fiona Ellis graduated from DeMontfort University (England) with a degree in fashion knitwear design in 1993 and she has been designing professionally since then. Her work appears in leading magazine publications including on- line at twistcollective.com, and in yarn pattern booklets. She is a regular instructor at Stitches Events and at Vogue Knitting Live. She has also produced original concepts for major fashion houses in London, Paris and New York. She is the author of Inspired Cable Knits, Knitspiration Journal and Inspired Fair Isle Knits. You can find out what she is currently doing at fionaellisonline.com or follow her on Twitter or Ravelry (both under her name).

Beth Casey

The former owner of Lorna's Laces and Mrs. Crosby, has recently turned into (or has she always been?) a madcap explorer. Beth brings her 15 years of dyeing experience and artistic curiosity to camp again this year with a slightly different perspective. Always on the lookout for inspiration and ideas, Beth is constantly dreaming up something new, or at the very least something wonderfully colorful. Her former role as a successful business owner and artist brings a sense of purpose and style to the dyeing table. Her newfound freedom this year brings us a sense of anticipation and excitement.

Julie Schilthuis

Julie is in her 31st year of owning and operating The Needle Emporium (needleemporium.com). She has taught many classes and workshops both in the store and at many knitting guilds across Southern Ontario. She loves to source new and beautiful yarns and through her many trips to TNNA has formed relationships with companies from around the world. Julie's customers will tell you she has a knack for putting colours together and many of her regulars leave the selections up to her. The Needle Emporium has become a destination yarn shop for knitters from across Canada and the United States - it is worth the drive to Ancaster!


Details

Bayview Wildwood Resort

This lakeside village of Port Stanton has been welcoming guests for over 110 years for wonderful Ontario resort vacations. Whether it is a family vacation, Weekend getaways, Conference, Meeting, Wedding, Family reunion, or Romantic Getaways, Bayview Wildwood offers a variety of modern facilities and services to suit your needs. At our all seasons Ontario resort you'll feel right at home with the wide range of accommodations we offer including rooms, suites, waterfront cottages and historic houses.

Dining

Breakfast and lunch are offered buffet style, with a daily change of food fare. Dinners are full service and offer up to four choices of entrees, two to three appetizers and a selection of tempting desserts all made fresh from our on-site bakery.

Registration

We're limiting registrations to keep workshops small and personal. Registrations will be accepted on a "First Come, First Accepted" basis, so peruse this site, phone your friends, pick out some courses, circle the calendar and send your registration in today!

All prices include HST (13%)

If you cancel before July 31, 2018 the refundable amount is $350. After that date there are no refunds.

NOTE: This retreat does not cater to just experienced knitters but to those of all levels. For some of our workshops all you have to be able to do is cast on, knit and purl, so don't be afraid to join in.


Pricing

Option 1

Price includes:

  • 3 nights accommodations
  • Meals Thursday dinner through
    Sunday lunch
  • 4 workshops
  • Friday night fashion show
  • Thursday evening game night

Single $1450
Double (per person) $1150
Non Knitting Guest $700

Option 2

Price includes:

  • 2 nights accommodations
  • Meals Friday lunch through
    Sunday lunch
  • 4 workshops
  • Friday night fashion show

Single $1300
Double (per person) $1000
Non Knitting Guest $650

Option 3

Price includes:

  • 2 nights accommodations
  • Meals Friday dinner through
    Sunday lunch
  • 3 workshops
  • Friday night fashion show

Single $1200
Double (per person) $900
Non Knitting Guest $600



Workshops

Friday


Experiment with Colour and Fair Isle

with Fiona Ellis

Working with colour can be so much fun! And dreaming up your own colour story is very rewarding. In this workshop we will look at colour theory and apply it to knitting. There will be time to experiment by yourself to see what happens when you introduce a new colour palette to a tried and tested pattern. Patterning in yokes will be discussed. For students who are unsure of how to work the Fair Isle method instruction will be given.


Splattershot

with Beth Casey

Have fun playing with a new dye technique from Lorna's Laces. Splattershot. Beth will walk you through the process and you will end up with a skein of great looking yarn.

Class Fee: $40US


Saturday Morning


Shaping in Cable Patterns

with Fiona Ellis

Stitch patterning, be it cables, lace, texture, or colour, is often can be central to a sweater's design. Stitch patterning is and also one of the best ways to explore your own sweater creativity! But it can sometimes offer up challenges, too - many of which center around shaping and pattern. In this workshop, Fiona will teach you how to tackle shaping and stitch patterning with confidence and a sense of fun. The workshop will cover how to gracefully add waist shaping in a patterned piece, how to run the pattern seamlessly around necklines (Fiona often includes this detail in her designs) and beyond. Fiona will focus not only on the methods of increasing and decreasing stitches used to change the shape of a piece, but how they can be used to create decorative effects within the cable fabric itself.

Sock Blanks

with Beth Casey

A sock blank is a long, rectangular piece of knitted fabric created by a knitting machine and then dyed or stamped with colour. The edge of the sock blank isn't bound off - it's loose so that you can knit from it, pulling the stitches out as you go. The basic idea behind the sock blank is that you'll get an amazing yet unpredictable colourway when you knit with it.

Class Fee: $40US


Find Your Fade

with Julie Schilthuis

Find Your Fade is one of the hottest patterns on Ravelry right now.

Starting at a single point and growing, shifting and fading into a piece that begs to be wrapped up in. This asymmetrical triangle shawl uses some clever increasing and decreasing, combined with relaxing garter stitch and simple lace so that you have a fun-to-knit canvas to play with mixing colors on! This shawl is all about making it your own. Let your creativity shine!

Julie has completed three shawls and the yarn is set aside for more. It is a fun knit and you are finished before you know it.

Bring your skeins of hand dyed fingering weight yarn and we will play putting together colour combinations. We'll have a yarn swap - maybe your neighbour has the perfect colour for your shawl.

In class we will discuss:


Saturday Afternoon


Shaping the Silhouette and Decorative "Fully Fashioning"

with Fiona Ellis

In this workshop Fiona will focus not only on the methods of increasing and decreasing stitches used to change the shape of a piece, but also how these stitches can be used to create decorative effects within the fabric itself.

Sock Blanks

with Beth Casey

A sock blank is a long, rectangular piece of knitted fabric created by a knitting machine and then dyed or stamped with colour. The edge of the sock blank isn't bound off - it's loose so that you can knit from it, pulling the stitches out as you go. The basic idea behind the sock blank is that you'll get an amazing yet unpredictable colourway when you knit with it.

Class Fee: $40US


Brioche

with Julie Schilthuis

A favourite with designers right now from Stephen West to Andrea Mowry. This is a technique that creates a double sided fabric.

In two-color brioche stitch, two rows are worked for every row that appears on the face of the fabric.

We will work Brioche flat and if time permits we will play with Brioche on circular needles.


Sunday Morning


Finishing with Finesse

with Fiona Ellis

Hands-up those of you who hate finishing! Now try thinking of it as a fun part of the project rather than a chore. In this workshop Fiona will demo, and then let you practice, several ways you can add some finesse to your project during the finishing process. These will include adding a knitted-on I-cord, 3 needle bind off for seaming and simple crochet edges. She will also cover a few of the basic techniques to allow you to become practice perfect, these will include, grafting stitches, mattress stitch and setting in a zipper.


Have fun with Dye

with Beth Casey

This is a class for students who've taken a dying class with Beth earlier in Camp or at a previous Camp. You will have the option to dye a mini skein pack (5 mini skeins of Shepherd Sock) or full skeins of Shepherd Sock.

Have fun!

Class Fee: this will depend on the yarn that you choose


Brioche

with Julie Schilthuis

A favourite with designers right now from Stephen West to Andrea Mowry. This is a technique that creates a double sided fabric.

In two-color brioche stitch, two rows are worked for every row that appears on the face of the fabric.

We will work Brioche flat and if time permits we will play with Brioche on circular needles.


I'm Coming!

We need from you:
Name
Email Address
Phone Number

Option
Class Choices
Saturday AM
Saturday PM
Sunday

Please let us know if you have any food allergies.

Please email these to Julie (needleemporium@gmail.com).

Then call us at 1-800-667-9167 with your credit card. We can also send a Paypal invoice for payment.