The Needle Emporium Knitting Camp

October 1-4, 2020

The Instructors

Kate Atherley

Kate is’s Managing Technical Editor, and a seasoned designer and teacher of all things knitterly.

Her latest book, The Knitter’s Dictionary, is an easy-to-use and friendly guide to the language of knitting. A reference book and a guide to pattern reading all in one, it covers topics from Gauge to Yarn Barf. It received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly.

‘Knit Mitts: Your Hand-y Guide to Knitting Mittens and Gloves’, released in fall 2017, brings the same any-size-any-gauge approach as used in Custom Socks to hand coverings of all kinds. The first printing sold out in record time.

‘Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet’ was released summer 2015 by Interweave Press, to great acclaim. It takes a different approach than many sock books, teaching you how to measure your feet and providing numbers for working both toe-up and top down socks for 12 sizes and 9 gauges.

Her ‘Pattern Writing for Knit Designers’ book is the industry’s first guide specifically written to help knit designers (and teachers) of all levels create easy-to-follow, high quality knitting patterns. It’s been called a “game-changer” and a “must-have” by designers and magazine editors.

She’s known for her attention to detail in her patterns and her classes, and she regularly teaches at stores and events across North America, including Interweave YarnFest and Vogue Knitting Live. Her work has appeared in many books and magazines.

Kate lives in Toronto with her husband and their adorable but sometimes challenging rescue dog Dexter.

Julie Schilthuis

Julie is in her 33rd 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


Saturday Morning

Saturday Afternoon

Sunday morning

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. Full payment secures your spot.

All prices include HST (13%)

If you cancel before July 31, 2020 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 $1550
Double (per person) $1250
Non-knitting Guest $750
Single $1350
Double (per person) $1100
Non-knitting Guest $700