The Needle Emporium Knitting Camp

Camp 2019 is SOLD OUT. Watch for news about Camp 2020.

October 3-6, 2019

The Instructors

Laura Bryant

Laura is founder and creative director of Prism Yarns. She has written 6 books, including Artful Color, Mindful Knits and The New Knitter’s Template (with Barry Klein). She is well known for her color expertise, exploration with hand-dyed yarns, and innovative approach to garment shape, developed through years as a working artist. Laura has published designs and articles in many magazines, including Vogue Knitting and Knit Simple, and has published over 70 booklets for Prism.

Julie Schilthuis

Julie is in her 31st year of owning and operating The Needle Emporium. 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!

Beth Schilthuis

Beth has joined us as a Camp Counsellor for years. Beth has been around the fibre world her whole life. Early on she was dragged into yarn stores and then when Julie opened her store she learned to knit. At a trade show she fell in love with needle felting kits. It started with a small kit of a shark and ended up with an aquarium. This year she is going to share her knowledge on needle felting.


Friday morning

Laura - Yarn Stash Workshop

This in-depth class takes participants through the steps of sorting their stash into usable collections. Students will learn about yarn types, color, and weights, and how to successfully combine them into projects. Lots of hands on swatching will allow students to see how different yarns can be worked together. We will investigate strategies for stretching yarn amounts, and formulas for calculating when there is enough—and when there isn’t. Dozens of knitted samples and swatches will be shared.

All levels. Sample instructions will range from simple to advanced, but each student may choose which swatches to do.

Beth - Needle Felting 

Spend a couple of hours playing with fleece and felting needles.

Saturday Morning

Laura - Creating with Gradients

Gradient or ombre yarns abound in the market, either as long-repeat stripes or as gradient sets from hand-dyers. Successful knitting with either type requires planning and forethought. Join Laura in exploring design possibilities from simple rectangle scarves and shawls to more complex shapes whose pieces must match. Great for modular, mosaic, and straight knitting, as well as some interesting side roads. Lots of hands-on work.

Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; have knit a few accessories; easy colorwork; basic finishing techniques; beginner crochet

Materials Fee 

$20 US for 8-step gradient yarn paid to Laura at Camp

Julie - Brioche

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.

Saturday Afternoon

Laura - Activated Colour

Color choice for visually active patterns like chevrons, mosaics, and slip stitches can make or break the impact of your work. Learn what Laura has learned through years of discovery, including studying Missoni. Lots of hands-on swatching with simple pattern stitches illustrates how to achieve a dynamic balance in value and hue contrast. Turn that ordinary pattern into extraordinary! Especially useful for showing the beauty of hand-dyed multi-colors.

Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; easy colorwork; advanced crochet

Sunday morning

Laura - Knitting Pitfalls

Or, how I learned to avoid these mistakes and love my garments!

Join Laura for an illustrated talk on a baker’s dozen mistakes knitters make repeatedly. Her humorous observations, tips & tricks will have you nodding in agreement, will surprise and sometimes delight you, and are sure to send you on your way with a new enthusiasm for getting it right. From fit to gauge to tricky stitch maneuvers, Laura’s use of an artist’s editorial process produces results that are often outside the box of tradition. Come join the fun!

Julie - Brioche

A favourite with designers 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.

The Details

Bayview Wildwood Resort has been welcoming guests to the lakeside village of Port Stanton 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.


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.


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, 2019 the refundable amount is $350. After that date there are no refunds.


Please call the store with your class choices and a credit card to register.



Price Includes

Option 1 

Arriving Thursday afternoon

Option 2

Arriving Friday morning

  • 3 nights accommodations
  • Meals Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch
  • 4 workshops
  • Friday night Fashion Show
  • Thursday evening Game Night
  • 2 night accommodations
  • Meals Friday lunch through Sunday lunch
  • 4 workshops
  • Friday night Fashion Show
Single $1500
Double (per person) $1200
Non-knitting Guest $750
Single $1300
Double (per person) $1050
Non-knitting Guest $700