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Glamp Stitchalot November 2016

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Sep 15, 2016 2:20:00 PM
  

We're coming up on our third Glamp Stitchalot in less than two months!
It will be held at the Kensington Hotel in Ann Arbor, Michigan November 10th through 13th, 2016.

Glamp Stitchalot is run by Pink Castle Fabrics. With the purchase of a ticket, you will receive instructions from six well-known teachers, all meals for the entire weekend, and lasting friendships with new like-minded ladies and gentlemen.

In the past, our Glampers have had amazing experiences. As a company, we strive to make each Glamp even more successful than the last. Here are a few highlights from our past two Glamp Stitchalot Events:

Glamp Stitchalot cupcakes
Cupcakes at the Welcome Mixer

Welcome Mixer
Thursday night, we like to have a mixer for all of our Glampers to meet each other. We supply a buffet-style dinner after you check in and pick up your orders and goody bags.
You have the opportunity to check in to the hotel, if you've decided to stay at the Kensington with us, set up your sewing machine if you've brought your own, and find your swap partner if you've partaken in the Swap! You have the freedom to roam about Ann Arbor throughout the afternoon and stop into the Pink Castle Fabrics shop to pick up anything you've forgotten.

Six Classes
Each class will be taught by a professional quilter. We have six amazing teachers coming for November 2016: Latifah Saafir, Daniel Rouse, Sherri Lynn Wood, Nydia Kehnle, Luke Haynes, and Nicholas Ball! You can read more about each teacher at www.stitchalot.com.

 

Each class period will last two hours a piece. You'll be taught a different technique by each teacher.

Open Sewing Time
Want to practice your new improvisational skills? Well, you get a lot of open sewing time throughout the weekend! We keep the sewing room open until Midnight both Friday and Saturday so you and sew to your heart's desire. We know to many of you that a sewing retreat means that you finally have time to get some sewing done, so we want to give you as much time to just relax and sew as you want and need!

Open sew
Open Sew

A Pop-Up Shop
Forget something or find you need just a little bit more fabric for one of your projects? We're here to help! You can find some of Pink Castle's Finest working in the pop-up shop along with Pink Castle's Resident Janome Sale's Girl, Molly, hanging out to help you with any questions about the Janome Sewing Machines we sell.
We will have shelf cuts, bundles, and notions galore for your purchasing pleasures!

Popup shop
Katie, Kara, and Molly
Hanging out in the Pop-Up Shop
Janome machines PCF
Janome Machines at the Pop-Up Shop


Massage Therapy
Yes, you read that right! We bring in a certified massage therapist (sometimes two!) for those that need a little bit of R&R after sewing for many hours! The cost is $1/minute, and it's first-come-first-serve, so no need to schedule an appointment. Just drop in on the massage therapist whenever you need to and they'll take care of you!

Giveaways
Throughout the weekend, we hold giveaways! A lot of them, too! I'm not going to spoil any surprises for our November Event, but look at June's awesome table of goodies:

Glamp giveaways
June's Giveaway Table
November's will be different!

We hope you'll join us for a weekend of sewing and fun. We still have a few tickets left, so don't hesitate to order yours at www.stitchalot.com!

sewing
We get folks from all over! Especially Canada
 

Topics: daniel rouse, Events, Glamp Stitchalot, latifah saafir, Luke Haynes, nicholas ball, nydia kehnle, Sherri lynn wood

Serger Success Weekend: Serger and CoverPro Sewing Class Ann Arbor

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Sep 9, 2016 10:45:00 AM
  

Want to come and make some cute clothes with us?

Come to our Serger Success classes!
 
DanielleWilkesApparel
DanielleWilkesApparel
 
We have had so many requests for sewing classes in Ann Arbor, especially garment classes!  And now that Fall is almost here, it's time to learn how to make some cute and comfortable clothing for yourself!  Our friend and Janome expert, Danielle Wilkes is coming all the way from the great state of Texas to set you on the path to success.  By the end of the weekend you will have four finished garments!  And the tools you need to make more clothing on your own!  Professional looking clothing is easy with a serger and cover pro!

The classes will be held at the Sheraton in Ann Arbor (located by Briarwood Mall).  You can come to any or all of the classes!  Each class is priced at just $40 a ticket but you get 25% off (total of $120) if you come to all four!  Each class has all the machines and patterns provided!  Just bring your prewashed fabric!  No previous experience necessary.

We will be teaching on the Janome Skyline S7 sewing machine, the Janome 1100d serger and Janone 2000CPX Cover Pro machine!  This is a great opportunity to try out and learn how to use some awesome machines!  And of course will have some great Janome pricing for the weekend too!

Merchant and Mills Tank
5:30pm - 8:30pm - Thursday, September 29
Ticket Price: $40

Learn to make a cute tank top!  This awesome pattern from the Merchant and Mills Workbook looks great worn with a sweater for fall and some jeans! Or even around the house with the Pajama Pants you will learn how to make on Friday!
Materials Supplied: Includes a copy of the Merchant and Mills workbook and all machine rentals.
Materials Required: Bring 2 Yards of pre-washed quilting cotton, chambray or cotton lawn fabric. 2 yards of 5/8" fold over elastic or bias tape for the neck and arm holes.

Friday September 30
5:30 - 8:30pm
Sew Easy Pajama Pants (ticket price $40)

I love a good pair of pants for around the house!  Danielle is going to show us how easy it is to make all the comfy pants you will ever need!  These can be made with a contrasting cuff (even a ruffle cuff!) or all one fabric.  And wouldn't these be so soft in a silky cotton lawn?
Materials Supplied: Pattern, 1" elastic and all machine rentals.
Materials Required: Bring 2 Yards of pre-washed quilting cotton, chambray or cotton lawn fabric. You will need 1.5 yards for the body and 1/2 yard for a contrasting cuff.

Saturday October 1
noon - 3:00pm
Kwik Sew leggings (ticket price $40)

Everyone loves leggings!  The perfect pant for Fall!  Wear them to the gym, around the house or even out with a cute top!  Stay for the evening class to sew a matching Linden Tunic!  A whole outfit in one day!
Materials Supplied: Pattern and 1" elastic and all machine rentals.
Materials Required: Bring 1.5 yards of pre-washed medium weight knit fabric.

Saturday October 1
5:30 - 8:30pm
Linden Tunic (ticket price $40)

The Linden pattern is the perfect raglan tunic!  You can make this with contrasting long sleeves for a fun top to go with the leggings that we will make in the morning!  This pattern will be a go to again and again with all the cute knits that are available now!  And so comfortable!  This is a garment that you will actually wear!
Materials Supplied: Pattern and all machine rentals.
Materials Required: Bring 2 Yards of pre-washed medium weight knit fabric!  (1 yard for the body and 1 yard for sleeves)

Get ALL FOUR Classes 25% off for just $120!

Topics: coverpro, Events, Janome, serger, Apparel Sewing, Techniques

Glamp Stitchalot Teacher Feature: Nicholas Ball

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Mar 25, 2016 11:00:00 AM
  

In November 2016, we will welcome 200 guests to the Kensington Court to join us for a weekend of  classes and a whole lot of fun with a star studded team of teachers. At this Glamp Stitchalot event, each of our teachers will be teaching a unique technique for improv piecing in quilts.

 
Nicholas Ball
 
 
This week, we feature Nicholas Ball. Active in the Modern Male Quilters movement and a member of the No Girls Allowed Quilt Bee, Nicholas is an incredible quilter. His work with improvisational lines and tiny pieces is stunning and you might recognize him from his vegetable patch quilts.

Here are a few great quilts of Nicholas' quilts, all from his blog, quiltsfromtheattic.wordpress.com:

Nicholas Ball
Nicholas Ball
Nicholas Ball
Nicholas Ball
That wraps up our teacher features! Have you gone to stitchalot.com and purchased your ticket yet?! It's going to be an amazing event. I can't wait to show you what all of these lovely instructors have planned for their classes!
 
--Hayley

Topics: Events, Glamp Stitchalot, nicholas ball

Glamp Stitchalot Teacher Feature: Nydia Kehnle

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Mar 18, 2016 11:00:00 AM
  

In November 2016, we will welcome 200 guests to the Kensington Court to join us for a weekend of  classes and a whole lot of fun with a star studded team of teachers. At this Glamp Stitchalot event, each of our teachers will be teaching a unique technique for improv piecing in quilts.

 
Nydia Kehnle
 
 
This week, we feature Nydia Kehnle. Her love of puzzles and problem solving combined with her keen eye for color and texture are evident in Nydia’s work. In 2015, Nydia placed first in the category of Improvisational quilts at QuiltCon. Here are just a few of her gorgeous quilts (click the caption for more information about each quilt):
Nydia Kehnle
Alternative
Nydia Kehnle
Feathers
Nydia Kehnle
Tessellation
Nydia Kehnle
Ventana

I'm excited to see what Nydia brings to our incredible lineup of teachers. She won first place in the Improvisational category at QuiltCon 2015, so her pattern is bound to be stellar.

For more information and to purchase tickets, check out the Stitchalot website.

See you next week for another Glamp Stitchalot Teacher Feature!

--Hayley

Topics: Events, Glamp Stitchalot, nydia kehnle

Glamp Stitchalot Teacher Feature: Daniel Rouse

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Mar 11, 2016 11:00:00 AM
  

In November 2016, we will welcome 200 guests to the Kensington Court to join us for a weekend of  classes and a whole lot of fun with a star studded team of teachers. At this Glamp Stitchalot event, each of our teachers will be teaching a unique technique for improv piecing in quilts.

 
 
My Photo 
 
This week, we feature Daniel Rouse. Dan's quilts often feature grid-based improv. Originally inspired by Gee's Bend quilts and mostly self-taught, Daniel brings a unique perspective to the roster of teachers. He taught for us at Camp Stitchalot in 2013 and we are thrilled to bring him back!

Here are a few great quilts of Dan's (all images from his blog, http://pieceandpress.blogspot.com/, and his Facebook page, Daniel Rouse Quilts):

Daniel Rouse
Daniel Rouse
Daniel Rouse
Daniel Rouse

For more information and to purchase tickets, check out the Stitchalot website.

See you next week for another Glamp Stitchalot Teacher Feature!

--Hayley

Topics: daniel rouse, Events, Glamp Stitchalot

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