Catskills Sewing Retreat

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Sewing Camp For Adults

Leave the hectic pace of daily life behind and spend time in the beauty of the Catskills. Let nature clear your mind and soothe your soul. Our peaceful chalet sewing studio was built in 1968 and has ample room for getting creative.  Megan fell in love with this property and now she invites everyone to experience it.

Sewing Retreats are over two full days: Friday 9am ‚Äď 5pm and Saturday 9am ‚Äď 5pm.
Lunch each day is provided.

If you'd like to stay at the Chalet during the Sewing Retreat, choose that option when you sign up. 
When you stay at the Chalet for the retreat,  you're welcome to arrive Thursday evening, anytime after 6pm and stay until Sunday morning checkout at 9am.

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Friday & Saturday March 27 & 28, 2020
Friday & Saturday April 24 & 25, 2020
Friday & Saturday May 29 & 30, 2020
Friday & Saturday June 26 & 27, 2020

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Charity Sewing Workshop – Free Sewing Class to Make Kids Surgical Gowns

Anyone who loves helping kids in need & loves to sew are invited to attend!

Even if you’ve never sewn before, you are more than welcome to ¬†join us! We can teach you sewing and/or find other important jobs to help with.

Wednesday September 26th, 2018 from 7-9pm

This is a free night of sewing to support a New Jersey non-profit organization called Healing the Children NJ

Their program called Medical Teams Abroad sends volunteer medical teams to other countries to perform surgeries on children who otherwise would not receive the care they needed.¬† ¬†In addition to medical supplies and equipment¬† the medical teams bring hospital gowns for the children to wear.¬† All of the gowns are sewn by volunteers and this is what we’ll be sewing in the free workshop.¬† Medical teams abroad does approximately 4-6 trips per year.

For more information about this organization, check out their website here.

All the supplies and instruction will be provided free of charge by M Avery Designs Sewing Studio. We’ll have some light refreshments.

Please join us! It’s sure to be a fun night of sewing and supporting this very worthwhile cause!

There will also be fundraising for HTC and M Avery Designs will have some cool giveaways.

Please sign up by clicking the link below so we can keep an accurate count of who will be coming! Please sign up all who will be attending.

Please do not “no show”. There are only 20 spots due to the size of our studio. If you sign up, you’re expected to attend. It’s only right.

Kids are welcome if accompanied by a sewing adult.

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Catskills Weekend Sewing Retreat – Invite Only

You’re invited for a long weekend of¬†sewing, relaxing, & making some new friends who love sewing & creating as much as you do!

Mark your Calendars for Thursday September 27, 2018 – Sunday September 30, 2018

Unwind from the daily grind of normal life & take some time for yourself to work on all the unfinished sewing¬†projects you’ve been meaning to tackle. You’ll have almost¬†72 hours of uninterrupted sewing & ME time! The sewing retreat will take place in the wonderful natural setting of Harpersfield NY, located in the gorgeous Catskill Mountains.

Where Retreat is Taking Place:
The sewing retreat will be taking place in an adorable chalet style home that is set on 4 acres of land in the Western Catskills town of Harpersfield NY approximately 1 hour from Albany, NY/3 hours from New York City.

The house has 4 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. The house has a large open space for sewing on the first floor.

We’d like to keep the group intimate so the retreat will be open to a maximum of 8¬†guests.

Double Occupancy $275 for 2 or 3 Nights (Sharing a Bedroom)
Single Occupancy  $500 for 2 or 3 Nights (Private Bedroom)

If you are signing up with a friend and would like to share a room, ¬†just let us know when you sign up. Otherwise we’ll find you a roommate.

What’s included:

  • Three nights stay¬†in our beautiful accommodations
  • Two and a 1/2 days of uninterrupted “me” time in a gorgeous country setting.
  • Ample space for sewing, cutting, crafting, reading, relaxing, hiking, laughing & just about anything you’d like to do during the weekend.
  • Megan’s personalized sewing assistance¬†& fit expertise with any sewing¬†project you’re working on from 9am – 5pm on Saturday & 9am to 12pm on Sunday.
  • 2 Hour Macrame Class taught by Megan
  • Breakfast on Friday, Saturday & Sunday including a selection of smoothies, quiche, yogurt, granola, fruit, pastries, toast, bagels & more.
  • Lunch on Friday & Saturday including homemade soup, sandwiches, salads & more.
  • Additional refreshments to keep us fortified while sewing (you’re also welcome to bring any food & drinks you’d like).
  • A¬†wonderful time¬†time making beautiful things & meeting new people in a gorgeous country¬†setting.

I will ask that each participant help Megan prepare one of the lunches or breakfasts while we are on the retreat.

We’ll head into town on Friday & Saturday night for a group dinners. Each participant is expected to pay for the cost of their own dinner & drinks for both days.

BYO sewing machine & sewing tools. Sewing machines (and all related tools) can be rented from M Avery Designs for the weekend for $50.

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Tentative Weekend Schedule
Thursday September 27th, 2018

5 Р8pm Arrive at house
8-12pm Free time for Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting – Your Choice

Friday September 28th, 2018
8-10am Breakfast Available
9am-12pm Free Time for Sewing, Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting
12-2pm Lunch Available
1-6pm  Free time for Sewing, Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting
6:30pm Dinner
8pm-MidnightFree Time for Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting

Saturday September 29th, 2018
8-10am Breakfast Available
9am-12pm Sewing (with instruction) or Free for  Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting
12-2pm Lunch Available
1-5pm Sewing (with instruction) or Free for  Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting
5-6pm Free Time
6:30pm Dinner
8pm-Midnight Free Time for Sewing, Relaxing, Chatting

Sunday September 30th, 2018
8-10am Breakfast Available
9am-12pm Sewing (with instruction) or Free for  Relaxing, Exploring, Chatting
Check out is at 12pm

Getting There:
Please note: All guests are responsible for getting to & from the retreat for the weekend. We are happy to try to help facilitate ride shares if requested.

Suggestions for what to bring:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Sewing Tools & Supplies (thread, buttons, bobbins, iron, pins, needles, fabric, seam ripper, tape measure, etc.)
  • Ideas & patterns for what you would like to sew

Here is what past M Avery Designs Sewing Retreat participants had to say:

“It was great to meet up beforehand especially since it was the first one! I enjoyed the laid back nature of activities, location was beautiful, I liked that you had the different types of fabric. That Megan and Lauren (instructors on the retreat) were available for questions / support was of the greatest value to me. I think encouraging retreat participants to challenge themselves with skills they don’t know is ideal. I certainly was a bit nervous about embarking on pants on my own and know I would have gotten frustrated had I not had the support of the instructors there.”

“Both instructors were very helpful & really nice people!! ¬†I just wish I got further along w one of my projects (no ones fault but my own) wish I was more motivated to get help on certain things. So sweet & thoughtful of Megan to give necklaces & cards. I loved the retreat & I’m so glad that I went!!!”

“Amazing location and it definitely fostered a nice sense of community and relaxation.”

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Kids Runway Show – Spring 2018

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Our sewing students work very hard on all of their their sewing & design projects. We always like to show off all their hard work at the Runway Show!  (Not just clothing projects go down the runway, BTW!)

The Spring Kids/Tween Runway Show is open to any & all students who are taking or have taken sewing class either in our studio at the Monroe Center or in one of kids mobile sewing classes in local schools between January – April 2018.

Click here to check out photos from our last fabulous runway show.

We sincerely hope you, your student and your family will be interested participating in this super adorable event! Please reserve a spot for your student in the show by signing up at the link above! Participation is free for all participants in any after school, Saturday or homeschool kids sewing class.

Kids are dropped off at 2pm. Runway Show starts at 3pm.

There are only spots for 30 participants and we’ll need all sign ups by April 30th, 2018, so don’t delay.  Once we hear from you, you’ll get our updates with more details.  We hope that you and your family can attend this fun event!

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Sewing Parties For Kids

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Pricing is as follows:

  • $300 for groups up to 6 guests
  • $400 for 8 guests
  • $35 for each additional guest over 8 (up to 16 guests total)

Open Lab – Come Sew in Our Studio

We all love to sew and create, but who has the space to do at home.

Now your can bring your projects to the M Avery Designs Studio and work on them here in a semi-supervised environment, with all the right tools at your disposal.

Open lab time is your chance to rent out workspace here at our studio to work on any sewing or crafting project you might have.

Open lab time is available if an instructor is in the studio working and/or teaching a class. See schedule below or send us an email.

Open lab is NOT a lesson.  Little questions can sometimes be accommodated, but the teacher on duty is there to teach a class, unfortunately not to help you. Please keep this in mind!

Rates are paid to instructor at the end of your time at the studio:
Up to 1 Hour $10
Up to 2 Hours $20
Up to 3 Hours $30
Up to 4 Hours $40

Upcoming Open Lab Schedule:

Closed for Summer break
Open lab is close for summer break until РMonday September 4th Рno open lab during this time. Need to work on something? Book a private lesson. 

ALWAYS send an email to reserve space during the time you were thinking of coming in. We’ll get right back to you with availability.The time you rent is always supervised by a knowledgeable instructor and comes equipped with just about anything you might need to complete your project including:

Sewing Machines
Irons & Ironing Boards
Scissors, Rulers, Seam Rippers, Thread, Tape Measures, Pins, Needles,Pin Cushions, Tailors Chalk, Hand Sewing Needles, Large Cutting Tables, Adjustable Dress Forms, Patterns, Sewing & Crafting Reference Books & More.

Fabrics, Trim, Bag Making Supplies and other notions are always available to purchase.

Please Note: This schedule is subject to change based on our ever changing class & private workshop schedule. Be sure to check this page from time to time as it updates. When in doubt, call, text or email ahead of time to make sure open is happening. No heads ¬†that you’re coming may result in a closed studio or not enough space to work in our open lab. MUST MAKE RESERVATION VIA EMAIL!

Please note: Anyone utilizing our open lab time must either have some sewing experience, have taken our Intro to the Sewing Machine Class or one of our Private Sewing Lessons prior to using our sewing machines.

Private Parties & Workshops

We have an adorable, creative space that is perfect to hold your next Girls Night Out, Birthday Party, Networking Event, Private Class, Baby Shower or whatever type of awesome get together you’re looking to have.

  • Or just about any project you’d like

Contact us with questions or to find out availability or call us at 201.876.1198.

Check private party availability online.

Charity Cat Toy Sewing Workshop – Free Class for a Great Cause

All who love CATS & love to Sew are invited to attend!

Even if you’ve never sewn before, you are more than welcome to ¬†join us! (We always need expert catnip distributors and cat toy stuffers!)

Monday November 20th, 2017 from 7-9pm

This is a free night of sewing to support a local Cat Adoption Group called JerseyCats.

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We’ll be sewing catnip filled cat toys that JerseyCats Organization will sell at upcoming adoption events. The money raised from selling the toys we make will go towards the Jersey Cats Mission.

Kids age 8 & up are welcome when accompanied by at least one adult.
There are no child drop offs for this event. 

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JerseyCats has simple and clear objectives to help cats:

  • Homing – finding homes for cats in need by facilitating foster care and adoption

  • Reducing overpopulation – supporting and encouraging the spay/neuter of cats

  • Outreach – improving people‚Äôs understanding of cats and their care through community education

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All the supplies and instruction will be provided free of charge by JerseyCats & M Avery Designs. We’ll even have some light refreshments.

Please join us! It’s sure to be a fun night of sewing and supporting this very worthwhile cause!

There will also be a $5 raffle for some cool giveaways courtesy of M Avery Designs. All proceeds from the raffle will go straight to the organization!

Please sign up by clicking the link below so we can keep an accurate count of who will be coming!


Fabric 101 – Learn to Identify Different Fabrics


Everyone who sews absolutely loves fabric!  But how much do we really know about it?

We have added this brand new class to help you all become fabric experts. We’ll help you identify all different kinds of fabric and we’ll help you determine which fabrics are best for which projects. You’ll see up close and personal what each of the fabrics looks like, feels like and the ways to determine the fiber content.

Swatches of each fabric discussed (over 40 different fabrics) will be provided to all students attending the class. And we’ll provide you with a handy take home information sheet including each fabrics¬†properties, how to work with it, how to care for it & little known hints and tips.

Some of the fabrics discussed include naturals (cotton, denim, chintz, chenille, poplin, corduroy, etc) silks (shantung, taffeta, brocade, tulle, etc), manufactured (acetate, acrylic, nylon, polyester, rayon, etc) sustainable (hemp, organic cotton, tencel, etc) & more.

This 2 Hour Class is $20 Per Person |  All Supplies Included

Upcoming Sessions

Monday March 3rd, 2014 6:30-8:30pm | Sign Up


Spring 2014 Sewing Retreat in the Catskills

A grand time was had by all at the First Ever M Avery Designs Sewing Retreat! You can view our photo album here. And stay tuned for details on our Fall 2014 Sewing Retreat coming soon!

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The very first M Avery Designs Sewing Retreat is finally here and we have found the perfect place to host it.

Join us for a weekend of sewing, crafting, relaxing, enjoying nature & getting to know other people who love to sew. We’ll be offering mini classes and demos all weekend long and you can enjoy them without the interruptions of every day life!


You’ll also have the opportunity for tons of open sewing time, so bring a project or two that you’ve been meaning to tackle. You’ll have almost 48 hours of uninterrupted sewing time in the wonderful natural setting of the Turqoise Barn Bed & Breakfast, located in Bloomville NY.

The B&B is set on many beautiful acres in the Western Catskills. You’ll have ample time to explore the grounds and commune with nature, if you so choose.


Friday May 2nd – Sunday May 4th 2014

Turquoise Barn Bed & Breakfast
8052 County Highway 18
Bloomville, NY 13739


Turquoise Barn is a Green Certified, eco-friendly Bed and Breakfast, Retreat, and Education Center located approximately 3 hours from NYC on an organic farm in the Western Catskills.  The former dairy farm is home to 3 historic buildings which are now the residence, studio, workshop, and gallery (Turquoise Barn) of two artists formerly of East Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY РMichelle Premura & Michael Milton.


Living Arrangements
The retreat will be open to only 8 guests. We’d like to keep the group intimate and have the sewing classes and groups remain small. There are are 4 gorgeous rooms at the B&B, each with their very own bathroom equipped with shower so everyone will be ¬†sharing a room. ¬†If you are coming with a friend and want to share a room just let us know when you sign up. Otherwise we’ll assign you a room-mate. Anyone who wishes to have a room all to themselves will ¬†have to purchase 2 spots.

Rosa Room | Mountain & Pond View | Private bath with claw-foot bathtub | King size bed and full-size futon

Moss Room | Mountain & pond view |  Private bath, queen bed and full size futon


Sunset Room | Mountain & Pond View | Private Bathroom, Queen Bed, two single beds


Sunrise Room | Mountain & Turquoise Barn View | Private Bath, Queen Bed, two single beds


Beds & Rooms are available on a first come first serve basis! Book early to get the bed of your choice!

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What’s included:

  • Sewing demos by Megan & assistant instructor on a variety of topics, with an emphasis on clothing & accessory creation

  • Mini classes throughout the day Saturday & Sunday with topics including garment & accessory construction, sewing tips & tricks, new sewing skills

  • Sewing instructions and guidance throughout the entire weekend on any sewing projects you choose. There will not be more than 8 students. With 2 instructors for the weekend, that’s a 4:1 ratio of student to teacher!

  • Megan’s personalized fitting and sewing help with any garment project you bring along

  • Two nights stay at the beautiful¬†Turquoise Barn B&B

  • Breakfast on Saturday & Sunday

  • Boxed lunch on Saturday & Sunday

  • Additional Refreshments to keep us fortified while sewing

  • An old fashioned good time making beautiful things in a beautiful setting & you might even make a new friend or two


Vegetarian Breakfast & Lunch on Saturday & Sunday are included in the price. There is a vegetarian kitchen in the house we’ll be staying in so feel free to bring snacks and extra beverages. We’ll be heading into town for a group dinner on Saturday at one of the tasty local restaurants.

The main area of the B&B is big and open and gives us plenty of room for sewing machine tables, design space & cutting room. We recommend that you bring your own sewing machine, but machines can be rented from M Avery Designs for the weekend for the low cost of $20.

We’ve done our best to keep the price very reasonable.

We’ll be offering the low introductory price of $475 per person if you commit ¬†by paying the $225 non-refundable deposit before March 15th, 2014.

All spots for the retreat are now full – Please send us an email if you’d like to get on the waiting list

We’ll follow up with you regarding your room choice as soon as we get your registration.






Tenative Weekend Schedule

Friday May 2nd:

Arrive anytime between 5 & 8pm
8-12pm Dig right into some Sewing

Saturday May 3rd:

Breakfast 8am
Sewing & Mini Classes 9am-12pm
Lunch 12pm
More Sewing, Mini Classes & Free Time 1-6pm
Dinner 6:30pm
More Sewing & Free time 8pm-Midnight

Sunday May 4th:

Breakfast 8am
Sewing & Mini Classes 9am – 12pm
12pm Check out & Bag Lunch for the Road

Please note: All guests are responsible for getting to & from the B&B for the weekend. We are happy to try to help facilitate ride shares if requested.


More about the Turquoise B&B

Rustic . . Simplistic. . . Elegance……..Our 3-story 3,000 sq. ft, converted 1800’s Carriage House has large loft-style open spaces with high ceilings, artist designed & renovated with handcrafted furnishings and art throughout the house.Upstairs are four large bedrooms, each equipped with a¬†private bathroom,¬†tastefully designed and decorated, and each with AMAZING views of the sunrise, sunset, moonrise, mountains or pond.

Downstairs has an additional 5th full bathroom, open kitchen (vegetarian), large handcrafted dining table, radiant heat floors, wood stove and back sun porch.

NATURE THERAPY…….Outside are acres of meadows, mountains, wooded areas, organic flower & veggie gardens, a fishing/swimming pond and streams. Fire pit for evening gatherings and open large field for special events. Also on the property are chickens, roosters, ducks, & cats (outdoor only). Hiking in our backyard or up the mountain road and just minutes away from the Catskill Scenic Trail for biking/walking/running/skiing.

Taking the time to relax & create is very good for all of our souls! This M Avery Designs Retreat is designed for anyone who shares a love for creativity, no matter where your skill level lies. Whether you‚Äôre a seasoned crafter or have yet to thread a needle, you’re welcome to join us for this weekend of sewing fun & creativity.


Interested in adding a special activity to your visit?  Turquoise Barn offers a variety of additional services for our guests including:

‚Äč‚ô•¬†Bicycle & snowshoe rentals
♥ Botanical culinary workshops & retreats
♥ Dietary & Lifestyle consultations
♥ Wild edible ID walks & Herbal consultations (seasonal)
♥ Massage
♥ Private or Group Yoga
♥ Reiki
♥ Raindrop Therapy
‚ô• Aromatherapy
‚ô• Re-connective Healing (Energy Work)
♥ Intuitive readings

Advance registration required РContact the Turquoise Barn directly for pricing and availability.