The Needle Emporium Knitting Camp

Knitting Camp 2022 is sold out.

Watch for 2023 details later this year.

Friday September 30th - Sunday October 2nd

Bayview-Wildwood Resort

Port Stanton, Ontario

The Instructors

Kate Atherley

Kate Atherley is an expert teacher, with more than 12 years experience teaching at local yarn shops, guild gatherings, retreats and large-scale events. All classes include high-quality handouts. Technique classes are a lively mix of discussion, demonstration and hands-on practice, with individual attention and guidance provided.

Fiona Ellis 

Fiona Ellis’s career is certainly one about escapism. After pursuing a sensible career in laboratory work for textile production and colour cosmetic formulation, Fiona escaped from career-captivity in the early 1990’s to pursue fashion design at De Montfort University. She graduated with a degree specializing in Knitwear design. Fiona then founded her independent design business, selling designs to major fashion houses in New York, Paris and London. Her contacts in New York helped her to add design for the independent knitter to her repertoire. This led to her published patterns in major print and on-line magazines, and two successful books published by Random House. Fiona helps people escape from the mundane and bring creative design sensibilities to their knitting. 


Workshops

Here are the workshops that we are offering. At the end of each workshop description I have added a comment as to why I chose this class. It will be in Italics to make it easy to find.
Saturday Morning Classes

Kate

Introduction to Top Down Seamless Garment Knitting

description: The top-down one piece garment construction is very popular, particularly for babies’ and kids’ garments. This class takes you through the process of working a complete mini-sweater project, building all the skills and techniques you need to successfully work any such design, whether for kids or adults. A baby-sized sweater pattern is included in the class.

skill level: beginner: knitters need to be able to cast on, knit and bind off, no garment experience required; also suitable for more experienced knitters who have never tackled this type of pattern before

Top down sweaters are the rage. Not everyone is comfortable knitting in the round from the top down. This is a great way to try the technique and see if you like it.

Fiona

Trick Up My Sleeve
Beginner - Advanced

Sleeves are a complex part of a garment. They can add style and interest or dramatically change the overall silhouette. A sleeve has several different components, each of which can be modified. Combining variations of these components has led to a seemingly endless number of styles.

Fiona will begin with an illustrated journey through sleeve styles and design, looking at when and why various styles became popular or fell out of favour.

But the journey doesn’t end there... we will move onto how to modify a published knitted sleeve pattern. An invaluable tool enabling student to ensure a better fit for their specific project; we will look at how to lengthen or shorten a sleeve or, for more advanced students, how to maybe change its shape. There will also be an overview of handling increases and decreases & appropriate choices for patterning. This is a more theoretical class, with some hands-on paper pattern manipulation, calculations (Fiona will be there for hand holding & guidance of course), and discussions rather than lots of knitting.

From Fiona
Sleeves are very important from a style point of view which is why I developed this one. It could be great to have campers bring along a garment that they don’t like the fit of the sleeve as actual real life examples or patterns they they might like to change the sleeves.

I have a problem with most sleeves that I knit. They are way, way too long. I can’t just take 4” off the length and call it a day. There are also many top down sweaters that are shown with long sleeves but I would like to knit them with short sleeves or shorter sleeves. How long? How do I change the decreasing?

 

Saturday Afternoon Classes

Kate

Custom Mittens

Winter is coming! It’s never too early in the year to prep for the cold weather. We’ll show you how to create a custom mitten – regular or fingerless! - for any hand, and any yarn. Use up your stash and keep your friends and family warm. Along the way we’ll share tips for making hand-mittens as warm and possible – from yarn choice to lining strategies, and help you deal with problem areas like ill-fitting or holey thumbs.

skill level: intermediate – knitters should ideally have made a pair of mittens or two

My fingers are stubby and I need to knit a large mitten to fit around my hand but they end up way too long. It would be amazing to have a go to pattern that fits my hand and keeps my hands warm.


Fiona

Rootcamp Bootcamp: Rediscovering our Strengths

Advanced beginner - advanced

“A tree’s beauty lies in its branches, but its strength lies in its roots” – Matchona Dhliwayo

By going back to the basics of our knitting practise we strengthen our roots, learning how to become more aware of stitch structure and see what is occurring in a specific technique. This in turn improves our proficiency and ability to read our work, leading to fewer errors or more confidence when fixing a mistake.

Through a series of knitting exercise Fiona will bring awareness to the humble knit and purl stitch, directional increases and decreases, how to shape “in pattern”, and create simple colourwork patterning.

I had a customer in this week who is merrily knitting away on her shawl. She read the pattern but didn’t understand the stitch. She was doing the stitch wrong for the whole shawl - it is halfway finished. If she had understood her stitches she would have questioned how she was knitting from row one and her shawl would turn out better.
Fiona will also teach you how to shape ‘in pattern’. This is the one of the hardest techniques for most knitters.

 

Sunday Morning Classes

Kate

Size & Fit: Why the “Medium” Never Fits Quite Right

description: The biggest challenge for many knitters when choosing a pattern is knowing which size to make. This class will show you how to decide - and set you well along the way to a successful and flattering sweater project. We’ll explain how to read sizing tables and schematics to understand how a garment is sized. We'll show you how to measure yourself properly to make the right choice. And most importantly, we'll explain garment fit, including demystifying terms like "negative ease"- and show you how to choose the right pattern from the start. And then once you’ve got the pattern and size chosen, we’ll discuss easy alterations to perfect the fit and look of a garment.

skill level: all levels, ideal for knitters just starting with garment knitting, or for knitters who haven’t had a lot of success with garments

Customers come in the store all the time telling us that they are disappointed in their project - it doesn’t fit because they knit the wrong size. This class will benefit everyone.


Fiona

Trick Up My Sleeve
Beginner - Advanced

Sleeves are a complex part of a garment. They can add style and interest or dramatically change the overall silhouette. A sleeve has several different components, each of which can be modified. Combining variations of these components has led to a seemingly endless number of styles.

Fiona will begin with an illustrated journey through sleeve styles and design, looking at when and why various styles became popular or fell out of favour.

But the journey doesn’t end there... we will move onto how to modify a published knitted sleeve pattern. An invaluable tool enabling student to ensure a better fit for their specific project; we will look at how to lengthen or shorten a sleeve or, for more advanced students, how to maybe change its shape. There will also be an overview of handling increases and decreases & appropriate choices for patterning. This is a more theoretical class, with some hands-on paper pattern manipulation, calculations (Fiona will be there for hand holding & guidance of course), and discussions rather than lots of knitting.

From Fiona
Sleeves are very important from a style point of view which is why I developed this one. It could be great to have campers bring along a garment that they don’t like the fit of the sleeve as actual real life examples or patterns they they might like to change the sleeves.

We are offering this class twice because I want everyone to have a chance to take it. Sleeves are a part of the garment that needs adjusting for most people.]

 

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.

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. Full payment secures your spot.

All prices include HST (13%)

If you cancel before July 31, 2022 the refundable amount is $350. After that date there are no refunds.

Camp Registrations will not earn points in our store points program. Any purchases made at Camp will earn points.

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

1-800-667-9167.

Covid Policy

We will be following the Province of Ontario guidelines regarding masking and vaccination requirements.

 


Price Includes

2 night accommodations

Meals Friday dinner through Sunday lunch

3 workshops

Friday night Fashion Show

Saturday night Student Fashion Show

Single $1375
Double (per person) $1200
Non-knitting Guest $550