Beach House Sewing Retreat

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The Sewing Retreat is a chance to spend a week sewing and learning without the distractions of every day life. Rye is a wonderful place to spend a week, it’s a quintessentially English town near the coast and shines all year round.

On this retreat you will be able to work on any Merchant & Mills project, including patterns from the Workbook. We welcome all levels, Chrissy & Katie will both be on hand during the retreat ensuring everyone gets the attention and guidance they need.

Accommodation is included. The Beach House is located in Camber and is moments from the dunes and the beach. The Beach House has an open plan living space  – inside and out – with facilities for cooking in the garden too if the weather permits. You’ll have the option of staying in and cooking or going out for supper. The kitchen will be well stocked for breakfasts. Transport will be arranged to and from the studio each day.

What is included in your class fee:

  • 5 night stay at The Beach House in Camber (Monday night to Friday night inclusive).
  • 3½ days tuition with two experienced tutors.
  • A beautiful seasonal lunch on all days.
  • A local outing on Thursday afternoon.
  • A farewell feast with your tutors including wine.
  • 3 patterns of your choice.
  • 10% off all purchases in the shop.

Our workspace:

The studio is on the mezzanine above the shop, so we have all fabric and notions on hand. You will be using an array of Merchant & Mills tools. We have Bernina sewing machines and two overlockers. Everything you’ll need is here, there’s no need to bring your own kit!

Each student has ample space in which to cut out and work in, with plentiful natural light.

The Beach House:

The house is located in Camber, about a 10 minute drive from Rye, a home to be enjoyed and shared by you all in the same way as our studio. Each room has one double size bed and an en suite bathroom.

All the rooms are sole occupancy. If you would like to bring a partner, this is fine, there is no extra charge. There’s many great places for them to explore while you’re in the studio. However, if your companion would like to join us for the Thursday outing or the Friday evening farewell supper then this would incur an additional charge.


The retreat is limited to 6 students.

Travel to Rye is not included in your class fee.

If you have any queries about this retreat or would like to pay in installments you can email us on

Payment plan available – for details email Katie on

Fabric is not included in the class fee. The shop is downstairs for everything you need.

We will contact you nearer the time to see what you'd like to make, to help our tutors prepare. We have an array of samples that you can try on in our shop so you may change your mind when you're here!

We can send you any fabric samples on the lead up to the class, as well as meterage if you'd like to do any pre-washing of cloth. Much of our cloth is laundered linen which you don't need to pre-wash.

6th - 11th July 2020

double en suite £1,500 SOLD OUT

20th - 25th July 2020

double en suite £1,500 SOLD OUT

3rd - 8th August 2020

double en suite £1,500 SOLD OUT

17th - 22nd August 2020

double en suite £1,500 SOLD OUT

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  • Our courses are non refundable or transferable unless we have a reserve list, and we can fill your space.
  • We reserve the right to cancel the class giving you a two weeks notice. You will receive a full refund if your class is cancelled.
  • 10% discount can not be used for purchases of future classes.