Sewing Retreat - 5 nights (from £1,250)
Sewing Retreat - 5 nights (from £1,250)
Sewing Retreat - 5 nights (from £1,250)
Sewing Retreat - 5 nights (from £1,250)
Sewing Retreat - 5 nights (from £1,250)
Sewing Retreat - 5 nights (from £1,250)
Sewing Retreat - 5 nights (from £1,250)
Sewing Retreat - 5 nights (from £1,250)
Sewing Retreat - 5 nights (from £1,250)
Sewing Retreat - 5 nights (from £1,250)
Sewing Retreat - 5 nights (from £1,250)
Sewing Retreat - 5 nights (from £1,250)
Sewing Retreat - 5 nights (from £1,250)
Sewing Retreat - 5 nights (from £1,250)
Sewing Retreat - 5 nights (from £1,250)
Sewing Retreat - 5 nights (from £1,250)
Sewing Retreat - 5 nights (from £1,250)
Sewing Retreat - 5 nights (from £1,250)
Sewing Retreat - 5 nights (from £1,250)
Sewing Retreat - 5 nights (from £1,250)

Sewing Retreat - 5 nights (from £1,250)

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The Sewing retreat is a chance to spend a week sewing and learning without the distractions of everyday life. Uninterrupted sewing time with two experienced tutors and a group who are as passionate about making as you are.

On the retreat you will be able to work on any Merchant & Mills project. We welcome all levels as Katie & Elwen will both be on hand during the retreat ensuring everyone gets the attention and guidance they need. If you’re unsure what to make during your retreat we are on hand to guide you and assess what might work within the time.

Accommodation is included. There are 6 places on each retreat. The places are all for one student.

What is included in your retreat fee:

  • 5 night stay at The Grove, in the heart of Rye (Monday night to Friday night inclusive). This is a 2 minute walk from the shop and workshop where you’ll be sewing.
  • Welcome drinks at The Grove, where you meet your tutors and fellow students.
  • 3½ days tuition with two experienced tutors.
  • Breakfast goodies at The Grove.
  • A beautiful seasonal lunch on all days.
  • Plentiful teas, coffees and cake at the studio.
  • A farewell supper with your tutors including wine.
  • 3 patterns of your choice.
  • 10% off all purchases in the shop.

You can check into the Grove from 15:00 on Monday. There will be a meet and greet at 16:30 with your fellow housemates and tutors. Check out is by 12:00 on Saturday.

The Studio:

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 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. It is full of beautiful fabrics and inspirational ideas, a fabric lovers dream. The house is both spacious and cosy, with 2 living rooms, a spacious kitchen and a stunning conservatory for dinning, chatting or sewing! There are 6 beds (one room is a shared twin room) and 4 bathrooms. There’s so much space to relax or be creative in the evenings!

You have a choice of the following rooms:

Room 1 - £1,650 - King bed with shared walk-in shower.

A large formal Victorian front bedroom which features large patio doors opening on to the front balcony, original fireplace and built in wardrobe. The original plaster detailing, cornice and ceiling rose have been restored and the room has been decorated in a gentle palette of calm neutrals.

Room 2 - £1,650 - King bed with shared walk-in shower.

Classically proportioned rear facing large bedroom. Like bedroom 1 the cornice and ceiling rose have been restored, the original fireplace and built in cupboard wardrobe have been retained. Decorated in shades of white, ochre, green and blue.

Rooms 3 - £1,250 & 4 - £1,400 - Twin bedrooms with a shared shower over bath.

A pair of adjoining bedrooms situated at the very back of the house. The first, the smaller room is also a walk through to the second of these two rooms. Divided by a door, the back room has a double bed and the smaller walk-through has a small double.

These are lively rooms designed around the beautiful detailed Injuri throws that cover the beds.

On the top floor we have the first of these two charming bedrooms. Both rooms have had their original tongue and groove cladding restored. They have both retained their original fireplaces. Decorated in gentle neutrals layered with beautiful soft furnishings.

Room 5 - £1,650 - Double room with private bathroom featuring handheld shower over bath.

The smaller of the two rooms is situated at the back of the house looking over the garden.

Room 6 - £1,650 - Double room with private bathroom featuring shower.

The slightly larger front bedroom, room 6 looks to the west and gets a gentle light in the morning.

Terms & Conditions:

The retreat is limited to 6 students.

Travel to Rye is not included in your class fee.

Our courses are non-refundable unless we have a reserve list and we can fill your space. To that end, we do recommend that you take out the relevant insurance.

In the unlikely event that we have to cancel a retreat we will offer a transfer to a new date or a full refund. We will endeavour to give as much notice as possible and a minimum of 4 weeks.

If you have any queries about this retreat you can email Katie on [email protected].


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I absolutely loved coming to the retreat. It’s a bubble of sewing happiness for me.
The shop and studio space are amazing and your tutoring extremely helpful. Seeing the other girls in their makes and doing their projects and of course all the delicious fabrics on display has only made me even more excited about sewing. The lunches and cake were so good and so was our ‘last supper!’
I really think it will end up being the highlight of my year, coming back into ordinary life is proving hard, I want to be back in Rye!
What an INCREDIBLE week, I loved every single minute! I'm still coming down from the joy and reflecting on so many details. You both utterly shine as we were nurtured and guided through the experience, with just the right amount of advice, help and humour. The perfect duo! Your gentle way of gliding in just at the right moment was uncanny! I learnt so much and felt in good hands the whole time. The lunches were sensational! The Merchant & Mills house is a truly beautiful and relaxing space, the attention to detail extraordinary.
My stay at Merchant & Mills was heaven, I enjoyed everything very much. Most of all, the classes and your help and patience. Also, of course, the joyful atmosphere you created and the many laughs we had. I am so happy and proud of my Landgate.
It was all such a special treat, so lovely to meet you and Elwen and the M&M team. The house, sewing tuition, lunches and huge cakes were all amazing. So nice to meet the other sewers too, what an interesting and diverse group.