Been a bit since I last checked in. Had not really sewn much for the summer after the draping class dates of the last post. Have spent end of summer and all early fall enjoying a short break from sewing- particularly a break from sewing for other people. Spent last weekend enjoying a fall season 4day sewing fling at Camp Workroom Social.
For those of you who don’t know-there is no real physical campground named “camp workroom social”. There IS however a sewing studio on Brooklyn NY named Workroom Social. Once a year the studio takes the sewing party to upstate NY to host a fun and relaxing sewing retreat weekend at one of the best YMCA camps on the east coast. I had a great time. Going to this event always feeds my “KIDULT” i.e little kid memories of summer camp and the adult sense of “get the heck out of NYC for the weekend” and enjoy the scenic NY state fall foliage. In addition I got to meet up with people of all sewing levels who sew and want to talk sewing all weekend long. When we weren’t sewing , we were doing real camp stuff like archery, zip lining, hiking, or visiting the wildlife that lived in camp. Kinda wonderful.
OK- For all the feedback I heard from about 6 sewing friends who DID NOT go to the CWS weekend ( feedback like– “It was so expensive to go for just one weekend”, or ” there is not a lot of advanced sewing technique that is happening for the weekend”..) I have this to say about my best moment at camp:
There’s nothing quite like sitting around a relaxed fall evening campfire after dinner, roasting and eating S’mores ( with GOOD quality dark milk chocolate…) and talking fabric, patterns and sewing techniques– all the stuff your non sewing friends think you are crazy for getting excited about. At camp I get to hang out with the “sewing tribe” and do that. It did not matter what sewing level you were when you came to camp. Everyone was bound to learn something new or share a new technique from among all the different types of sewing folk who did come. Even though I already knew some of the sewing technique that was excellently presented in my class by my instructor, I put my own “spin” on what the project was ( Yep-went a little “rogue” and put a little more tailoring in that Jacket than was called for in the pattern, but hey, I was enjoying the class in my own quiet way, and my instructor was not bothered.) For all the camaraderie and sewing good times to be had, it was worth the price. I would say start to save your pennies in a jar starting now ( like I did last year…) and come to camp next year. It’s fun.