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Craft camp

(for grown ups)

september 12-15, 2019 / santa cruz / california


a multicraftual experience

PCH Craft Camp is for people who love ALL the crafts — knitting, sewing, embroidery, dyeing, block printing, weaving, mending and more. It’s like fancy summer camp for grown ups! Come and experience three days of craft classes, exploration, and friendship in a serene retreat setting in the Santa Cruz mountains. Our expert teachers and craft counselors will help you deepen your knowledge and learn new skills while you relax in the beautiful redwoods, enjoy delicious food, and make new friends.


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september 12–15, 2019


Retreat Overview

Craft Camp begins on Thursday, September 12 with check in at 4:00. We will have an opening craft time and then dinner as a group in the Kitchen Table.

Friday and Saturday are class days with two 3 hour class times each day.

Sunday will include breakfast, a wrap up show & tell party, lunch, and farewells

Yoga/meditation are available before breakfast and before dinner, and there will be open times for hiking, taking a soak in the pool, or using the available spa services (separately charged). Field trips to Santa Cruz are also available.



Housing will be provided onsite at 1440 Multiversity in your choice of lodging (price varies according to lodging choice):

  • Deluxe Room with private bath (single or double)

  • Standard Room with shared bath (single or double)

  • Pod bunk with shared bath (private curtained bunk in an 8 bunk pod)

We strongly recommend booking a pod bunk for the full Craft Camp experience of getting to know your cabin mates. Be sure to visit the housing page to see full details on the pods - they are far more spacious and comfortable than you’d assume. Pod bunk rooms will have craft supplies set up for shared crafting time in the evenings with your cabin mates.

All meals are provided onsite at the Kitchen Table. Food preferences/allergies will be accommodated. Alcoholic beverages or food at the Common Grounds Cafe are charged separately.

Extra enrichment classes are available in the early morning and late afternoon, including yoga, meditation, hiking, use of the exercise facilities, hanging out at the cafe, or simply resting. These are included in your room & board fee.



Class information

We are so excited to welcome Sonya Philip (100 Acts of Sewing), Simone Kereit (Owlcat Designs) and Michelle Russell (Left Coast Dyer) as our lead teachers. General class descriptions are below. Registration for specific classes will be after Craft Camp registration is finalized and will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Sonya Philip

Sonya Philip

Shirt no. 1 and dress no. 2 classes

Shirt No. 1: Learn to sew your own clothes, starting with this uncomplicated garment - just four seams and a hem. The neck is finished with bias tape facing. Students will learn how to cut pattern pieces, finish seams and make their own bias tape.

Dress No. 2: Take the mystery out of sewing sleeves! Dress no. 2 is a basic garment with set in sleeves and a slight A-line silhouette. Learn how to cut pattern pieces, attach sleeves, finish seams and make bias tape. In this longer workshop, students will have to opportunity to customize their garment, adding elements like pin tucks or in-seam pockets, as well as different neckline variations. 

Simone Kereit

Simone Kereit

Brioche Knitting, Shawl Knitting, fixing mistakes

Brioche Knitting: If you are new to Brioche or need a total refresher, start with the basics and build confidence from there! Learn what to watch out for and get a feel for ‘Brioche anatomy’ before casting on. 

Shawl Shapes: In this class we will delve into some of the popular shawl shapes by knitting several mini shawl swatches and learn about the construction and advantages of each shape. 

Fixing Mistakes: Learn how to read your knitting and notice mistakes and how to fix them without having to tink back rows and rows to where the problem happened. 

Michelle Russell and Meghan Maze

Michelle Russell and Meghan Maze

indigo resist playdate

Enjoy a full-day, hands-on indigo class exploring a variety of resist methods, from 8th century Japanese shibori techniques to quick modern cheats. We will play, exploring process during the first half of the day, and then make take-home sampler buntings with our favorite pieces. I love to talk about the various types of indigo vats and will most likely have more than one to work with and compare.