We shine the spotlight on the Saskatchewan Stitches Conference which is an annual sewing, knitting, bra making, quilting (and more) retreat held in Muenster, a tiny town about 1 1/2 hours from Saskatoon. Each Year, Wendy Toye, owner of Haus of Stitches, Humboldt, Saskatchewan, hosts the Saskatchewan Stitches Conference at St Peter’s Abbey & College so the surroundings are well equipped, peaceful and wonderfully wholesome. Meals are served in the Abbey diningroom – so wonderful to just sew and learn and not have to worry about mundane things like meal prep!
There is just something very special about drawing aside from everyday life to meet and share our passion for sewing, quilting, bra making, knitting etc together. The ladies (and the occasional man) laugh a lot, share stories about what they have been doing since the last conference and they sew & quilt & knit until it is time for bed! And then they do it all again the next day in day 2 of their class or they move on to another topic and teacher.
I have often been heard to say that my visit to the Conference each year to represent Janome & Elna and to teach a few classes is really one of the highlights of my year. I find the people friendly, hospitable, down to earth and very talented sewers. Saskatchewan may be tucked away in the central part of Canada, on those wind swept Prairies which are so very cold in winter, but I think Saskatchewan is one of my favourite provinces due to the rolling farmlands which remind me very much of parts of South Africa. But most of all, it is because of the warm hearts of the people I get to see each year: we chat, we laugh and we sew together and I usually get to answer several hundred sewing related queries from our growing group of happy Janome & Elna customers in this region.
Well done, Wendy, the Saskatchewan Stitches Conference 2015 was another very good one and I look forward greatly to coming again in 2016. Thank you. I know it is a lot of work to arrange this conference and to keep the 100’s of ladies attending happy thoroughout the 10 day conference……but it is SO worth it.