A Great Sewing Getaway/School

I have always loved teaching in Myrtle Beach for the Stranded Stitchers and Smockers at their annual January Sewing at the Beach event.  The school is well organized, well run and reasonably priced.  The classes are fabulous, the daily table favors are charming and the market is great.

Hope Yoder and her button machine

It is held right on the beach at lovely hotel.

The classrooms are spacious, with uncrowded work areas.  There are always plenty of irons,  press cloths, rotary mats and cutters, and everything you need to have a well set up classroom.

Before class, early risers walk the sandy beach.  The workshop is almost always held over Martin Luther King weekend.  For anyone who grows weary of winter at home, Sewing at the Beach can be a well timed getaway to a mild climate.

You can read about the last time I taught there here and then again here.  It is a joy and a bargain to be there.  To a person, everyone is so friendly, helpful and cooperative.

This may read like an infomercial, but is, in fact, a from-the-heart recommendation for anyone looking for a sewing getaway.  I have to admit that  it’s a little bittersweet for me to tell you all about Sewing at the Beach, since I cannot be there this year.

Having officially announced my retirement from teaching, I had a pang of regret when I read the brochure that came in the mail a few days ago.  Noting the absence of my name on the faculty list made me gulp and feel a little sad.

It is especially disappointing because beloved Diva Eloise Smith (of Point and Tuck Shark’s Teeth Ruler fame and reigning Southern Belle Matriarch) is expected to come by for a few days.  I really would love to see her.

For some time, I entertained the possibility of attending as a student or even going as a vendor.  But then we got the exciting news that our daughter’s second child would be born around Christmas.  Of course, I will spend a few weeks helping out as they find their groove with the new baby girl.  I can’t wait to meet our newest granddaughter and get my fill of rocking and loving on her. But there will be no Sewing at the Beach  for me.

But you could go!   I once asked if the Stranded Smockers somehow screened prospective students so they get only nice people.  Well, it turns out they don’t, but you would think they did if you met other registrants, the teachers and the class angels from the Stranded Smockers group.

From what I know of you dear readers, you would make the cut even if they did have that screening process.   And you would love Sewing at the Beach 2013.  I know I would.

12 responses to “A Great Sewing Getaway/School

  1. Janice, you are such a dear to put us on your blog. Thank you so much for all the kind things you said. We will miss you this year and hope that your retirement does not include us. I have always enjoyed your classes. You have so much knowledge and talent and I have so little. Thank you for sharing it with me.

  2. WHAT?!?!! You’re NOT GOING?!?!?!! *I’m* going and I thought at last I was going to get to meet you and maybe even take a class from you! I’ve heard about you for like ever and this was going to be my chance!! 🙁 I’m SO disappointed!!! But I’m still going!

  3. Oh, Barbara, now I feel reeeeeally bad about not attending SATB 2013! I’d love to meet you. It would be great if you could take pictures to share here. I know you’ll have a fabulous time. sigh..sob…sob…

  4. Linda, you know I love SATB. Maybe next year I can be there. This little one due at Christmas should be our last grandbaby. But then again, there are often surprises.

  5. Dianne Smith McKay

    Hey Janice,
    I am so very sad that you will not be at SATB 2013- teaching or attending. I loved ALL of your past SATB classes. Please come back when you can. I love your classes on pillowcases and your shadow work.
    Glad you are well and happy! Dianne

  6. Oh, Dianne, how nice of you to write! I absolutely loved teaching at SATB and will miss it more than you can imagine. But it’s time to focus on my grandchildren, especially our new little granddaughter who is due to arrive sometime between Christmas and SATB! Maybe next year I can get away to take some classes! I’d love to see you, Dianne.

  7. Hello, just wondering where I can purchase one of these gorgeous smocked nighties for my 4 year old.

    Thankyou in advance

  8. Hi Vicki. In the past I did a lot of custom orders like this and would have welcomed your request. But now I am focused on sewing for my grandchildren. Bishop nighties are relatively easy to make. Let me know if you want referral to another stitcher.

  9. Cort Mankin

    Sure would love to go. But, stuck up here in the mountains and never know what the weather will be like…cannot lay out the cash and run the risk of being unable to get there…would sure love to take the Tuesday class with Missy and Pam, though. Nevertheless, I promised myself this was the year to complete UFO’s and I’ve only done one. I’m not making much progress. Y’all have a great time.

  10. Cort, I too would love to go. But with a variety of family commitments and a huge bin of UFO’s, I’ll miss it again. SATB is my DisneyWorld.

  11. Wish you could be here at our 25Th year. Hoping to get web up by 7-115 two weeks late. Full slate of teachers this year. Hoping to make it a great event.

  12. Linda, Sewing at the Beach is ALWAYS a great event! I would love to be there but once again our granddaughter’s birthday (5 yo!) is scheduled for that weekend. Thanks for thinking of me.

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