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 as Chrissy & Katie will both be on hand during the retreat ensuring everyone gets the attention and guidance they need.

Accommodation is included. St John’s is an award winning home owned by Marta @domstayandlive. The house is located moments from our studio. St John’s is all about open plan living – inside and out. You’ll have the option of staying in and cooking or going out for supper. The kitchen will be well stocked for breakfasts.

What is included in your class fee:

  • 5 night stay at St John’s, in the heart of Rye (Monday night to Friday night inclusive).
  • Welcome drinks at the shop, where you meet your tutors and fellow students.
  • 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.

St Johns House:

The house is in the centre of Rye, a stone’s throw from Merchant and Mills, a home to be enjoyed and shared by you all in the same way as our studio. There is a shared bathroom and an additional shower room downstairs. You have a choice of the following rooms (please see each picture for reference):

King Room with en suite (1 x king size bed) sole occupancy
Double Room (1 x king size bed) sole occupancy
Twin Room (2 x single beds) – sharing with another student – price is per head/place. Female only.
Writer’s Corridor Space (1 x single bed) –  sole occupancy.

Twin room is the only shared room – all other rooms you have to yourself. If you are staying in either the King room or the Double room and would like to bring a partner, this is fine, there is no extra 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

All photos of St John’s by Voytek Ketz.

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.

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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.