And it seems that Lisa and Sam will have their pick of camps in the future. Many smaller-town guilds, studios, and craftspeople are finding that by bringing people into their communities to share instruction they can develop new business, and keep their arts alive. The laid-back feel can be a part of the experience.
The Rosewood Studio, in Almonte, Ontario, keeps the art of hand-crafted, hand-tooled working alive and well. The one-week classes are particularly suited to those who are moving into a more serious approach, as Peter Myers says on the Rosewood Studio website: “As with many people who come to woodworking in retirement, I began with the machine tools, then progressed to hand ones. After a few years of working on my own, trying to understand both what the wood was demanding and what I could do by myself, I was ready for some instruction…. The whole week was a source of heightened pleasure to me.”
“Quilting Buddies,” Jan and Carla, see their mission as social as well, as they state: “to spread the love of quilting, camaraderie and new friendships that are all born from sharing the art of quilting. Due to the geographical distances in Northern Ontario, we feel that new and exciting workshops should be offered closer to home.” To judge from their weekend retreats – already full for this fall – offering the experience closer to home is definitely a winning approach.
But if spending a vacation learning new techniques and creating handcrafted items isn’t enough for you, check out the Cruise for a Cure, sponsored by The Quilter Magazine. Not only a quilting retreat to spectacular Alaska, this cruise will also raise money for breast cancer research.
Now that’s multitasking.
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