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Sewing and Travel. Travel and Sewing? It's hard to decide which one I like more, it tends to flip flop depending on projects and vacation budgets. Nonetheless, the only thing better than traveling or sewing, is traveling and sewing. You know where I'm going with this...retreats! Time spent in an amazing place with like-minded people learning and perfecting your craft. I have a list as long as my arm of retreats or classes that I would love to travel to take. I've pared it down to my current top 5 to share with you... Lew Soeurs Anglaises. The minute I saw this website, my heart melted. Craft classes and workshops in South West France. Could anything be better? I'm pretty sure the answer is no. The workshops change each year and there is a variety from textile based to calligraphy and writing. The Makerie, is located a little closer to home, actually at one of my favorite places, Boulder, CO. The Makerie offers multiple retreats; one that has a variety pack of classes from sewing, printing, drawing and even prop/food styling, and another that is just sewing based. Last April, the sewing retreat had teachers like Amy Butler, Jenny Hart and Liesl Gibson. Not too shabby! The Makerie also offers a summer series of one day retreats that focus on modern crafting and homesteading. Sewing Summit actually starts in a mere two days! The Sewing Summit is a modern sewing and blogging conference taking place in Salt Lake City. Classes range from classic sewing, such as the Foldover Clutch and How to Fit Sewing Patterns, but also include business oriented classes like, Do You Want To Be A Craft Book Author or HTML Basics for bloggers. There are a lot of savvy sewists at this retreat! Heather Ross hosts a sewing retreat at the super glamorous Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. This year she is doing 2 Ace workshops, one classic workshop and one special mother-daughter edition. Now, how incredibly fun would that be? The weekend is full of crafts and sewing, and this year they are mixing in some paper and fabric printing classes as well! Sign me up! The Modern Quilt Guild is getting into the workshop spirit with the SewDown retreats. These weekend getaways are all quilting all the time offering classes such as Beyond Quilting Cotton, Mini-Sample Texture Quilt and Perfect Quilted Totes. Now, I know some of these Modern Quilt Guild folks, and they love to have a good time. I can't think of a better crowd to spend a weekend with. The ACE CAMPS. These are total luxury camps where you spend time learning with some of the most creative people out there. For instance, in October, there is a camp where Lotta Jansdotter will be teaching a 3 day workshop. In India. INDIA. Sorry, it is sold out, but keep an eye on Ace Camps..they have amazing options (not all out of the country).