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Chelmsford's First Sewing Retreat!

On Saturday 13th July, SewJoBaker will be hosting a sewing retreat day! Imagine a whole day of uninterrupted sewing (well, the only interruptions will be afternoon tea and sewing chit chat!). I think the sewing community is wonderful and can think of nothing nicer than spending a day with fellow sewing enthusiasts.If this appeals to you - please read on for more details.

The cost is £70 and this includes:

  • brunch and a drink

  • ironing boards and irons, plus tailors ham and sleeve press

  • some larger tables for pinning and cutting and the other smaller tables will be for your machines. There is also a comfy seating area for some hand sewing and relaxation.

  • afternoon tea and a drink (you are welcome to purchase additional drinks from the counter during the day)

  • plenty of free parking on site

  • your own sewing goody bag to take home!

You will need to bring

  • your own sewing machine – although do get in touch if this is not possible, as I will have a limited number of machines to hire for the day at £10.

  • your own project for the day (don’t forget your instructions!) – and make sure you have pins, thread, scissors and anything else you think you might need with you. I will have a selection of sewing items for sale on the day if you have forgotten something.

Rough timings for the day (this is a chilled day, after all!)

9.30am arrival

Brunch will be served upon arrival– I will be asking for your choice of bacon bap, sausage bap, or vegetarian option (TBA nearer the time)

You can then unpack your project and enjoy a day of uninterrupted sewing surrounded by fellow enthusiasts!

10am-2.30pm Sewing time (including pinning, sewing, chatting, unpicking, pressing, chatting and having a nosey at what your fellow sewists are making!)

2.30pm – afternoon tea is served (including cakes, a cream tea with the famous Tiptree jam and delicious finger sandwiches)

More sewing time and goody bags are handed out

4.30-5pm – packing up your project and heading home after a lovely day of sewing with like-minded peo


Location: The Writtle Tea Rooms (function suite), Lordship Road, Writtle (opposite the Agricultural College)

If you have any questions - after all, this is the first such event I have organised and I have probably not covered everything you need to know, then please do email me (

There are only 10 spaces and they will be booked on a first come first served basis.

If you would like to confirm your place – please pay £70 to the following account, using your name and 13th July as the reference.

Sort code 20-19-95

Account 4357 4814

As this is a booking with an external venue, I will be unable to issue refunds in the event that you cannot attend.

Many thanks and here’s to the first ever Chelmsford Sewing Retreat!

Jo xx

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