Knitting Camp 2017

September 20-23

10th Annual Needle Emporium Knitting Camp

Weekend Away

Imagine a weekend away with someone cooking your meals and making your bed. Oh yeah, you also get to knit all weekend!

Knitting Experience

Whether you bring a friend or two, or come alone, you'll enjoy the company of new friends with common interests and spend a few days where free gifts, surprises and interesting seminars by fantastic instructors await you.

Mini Yarn Shop

We take a small part of The Needle Emporium and set up a yarn shop at Camp. Yarns, kits, books, needles, knitting bags and accessories.

Fashion Show

On Friday evening we will be presenting a Fashion Show where you will see (and be able to feel) fabulous garments and accessories. After the Fashion Show there is time for you to try on garments.

You will have the option of starting your weekend Thursday night, Friday morning or Friday afternoon. Class Friday morning will be followed by the fashion show in the afternoon. In the evening there will be an optional seminar. Saturday is more classes with the student fashion show for your evening entertainment and Sunday morning classes will round off your class schedule.


Fiona Ellis

Fiona Ellis graduated from DeMontfort University (England) with a degree in fashion knitwear design in 1993 and she has been designing professionally since then. Her work appears in leading magazine publications including on- line at, and in yarn pattern booklets. She is a regular instructor at Stitches Events and at Vogue Knitting Live. She has also produced original concepts for major fashion houses in London, Paris and New York. She is the author of Inspired Cable Knits, Knitspiration Journal and Inspired Fair Isle Knits. You can find out what she is currently doing at or follow her on Twitter or Ravelry (both under her name).

Beth Casey

The former owner of Lorna's Laces and Mrs. Crosby, has recently turned into (or has she always been?) a madcap explorer. Beth brings her 15 years of dyeing experience and artistic curiosity to camp again this year with a slightly different perspective. Always on the lookout for inspiration and ideas, Beth is constantly dreaming up something new, or at the very least something wonderfully colorful. Her former role as a successful business owner and artist brings a sense of purpose and style to the dyeing table. Her newfound freedom this year brings us a sense of anticipation and excitement.

Julie Schilthuis

Julie is in her 31st year of owning and operating The Needle Emporium ( She has taught many classes and workshops both in the store and at many knitting guilds across Southern Ontario. She loves to source new and beautiful yarns and through her many trips to TNNA has formed relationships with companies from around the world. Julie’s customers will tell you she has a knack for putting colours together and many of her regulars leave the selections up to her. The Needle Emporium has become a destination yarn shop for knitters from across Canada and the United States – it is worth the drive to Ancaster!


Bayview Wildwood Resort

This lakeside village of Port Stanton has been welcoming guests for over 110 years for wonderful Ontario resort vacations. Whether it is a family vacation, Weekend getaways, Conference, Meeting, Wedding, Family reunion, or Romantic Getaways, Bayview Wildwood offers a variety of modern facilities and services to suit your needs. At our all seasons Ontario resort you'll feel right at home with the wide range of accommodations we offer including rooms, suites, waterfront cottages and historic houses.


Breakfast and lunch are offered buffet style, with a daily change of food fare. Dinners are full service and offer up to four choices of entrees, two to three appetizers and a selection of tempting desserts all made fresh from our on-site bakery.


We're limiting registrations to keep workshops small and personal. Registrations will be accepted on a "First Come, First Accepted" basis, so peruse this site, phone your friends, pick out some courses, circle the calendar and send your registration in today!

All prices include HST (13%)

If you cancel before July 31, 2018 the refundable amount is $350. After that date there are no refunds.

NOTE: This retreat does not cater to just experienced knitters but to those of all levels. For some of our workshops all you have to be able to do is cast on, knit and purl, so don't be afraid to join in.


Option 1

Price includes:

  • 3 nights accommodations
  • Meals Thursday dinner through
    Sunday lunch
  • 4 workshops
  • Friday night fashion show
  • Thursday evening game night

Single $1450
Double (per person) $1150
Non Knitting Guest $700

Option 2

Price includes:

  • 2 nights accommodations
  • Meals Friday lunch through
    Sunday lunch
  • 4 workshops
  • Friday night fashion show

Single $1300
Double (per person) $1000
Non Knitting Guest $650

Option 3

Price includes:

  • 2 nights accommodations
  • Meals Friday dinner through
    Sunday lunch
  • 3 workshops
  • Friday night fashion show

Single $1200
Double (per person) $900
Non Knitting Guest $600