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The What

Handcrafted is a weekend long retreat dedicated to stitching and hand crafts.  

It celebrates the notion of a hand made home and the treasures and keepsakes we labour over.  

It’s about being a part of and enjoying a community of makers and indulging in our passion.

The When

Friday 26 July 2019 - Sunday 28 July 2019

Registration opens from 10am on Friday at Amitie, 87 Beach Road, Torquay

Retreat begins from 1pm Friday and concludes Sunday 3pm

The Where

Torquay Surf Life Saving Club 

Surf Beach Drive, Torquay

Picture spectacular beach front views.

Torquay is all about the beach and we love what this brings to our business.  We scoured the Surf Coast to find a venue that truly captures our beach location.  We are thrilled to announce that Handcrafted will run at the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club, situated right on the beach and just minutes down the road from our Amitie Store.

Who Should Come

Anyone who likes to make and create.  

We delight in all craft forms from patchwork to embroidery, crochet to knitting.  If it involves some form of stitch then we welcome you to our event.

Whats on Offer

Two and a half days of uninterrupted crafting, chatting, shopping, eating, creating, dreaming..

Fully catered from when the retreat begins on Friday through to its conclusion on Sunday.

Cocktail Party on Friday night at Amitie with Special Guest Speaker Julia Green from Green House Interiors discussing colour and texture and how to style our handmade homes.

Amitie's inspirational founder and owner, Jen Kingwell on hand throughout the weekend for one on one instruction, advice, trouble shooting or just a chat.

Saturday Night Stitch In


A truly wonderful Gift Pack

What to Bring

A project or two to keep your hands busy for the weekend.

Whilst we love handwork, sewing machines are welcome and we have power to supply them.

All the relevant tools of your trade; threads, needles, scissors, yarns, fabric... and never fear Amitie will be open throughout the weekend for anything you might have forgotten.

Food and Drink

Handcrafted will be fully catered with all the deliciousness that has come to be expected from our Amitie Cafe

This includes;
On Friday; Afternoon Tea
On Saturday; Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
On Sunday; Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch

Friday Evening; Amitie will host a Cocktail Party where we will unleash the wondrous talents of our chef.
Expect delectable canapes... and lots of them. 
Fun and Indulgence.

As always we aim to cater to everyone so please if you have any special dietary requirements that we need to consider please include these in the form at time of booking.

We can not guarantee that we will be able to accommodate your dietary needs over the weekend if we have not received prior notification.


Accommodation for the weekend is not included in the cost of the retreat and whilst we are happy to help with suggestions, attendees will be responsible for their own lodgings.

Thankfully Torquay is a vibrant beach town with lots of options for accommodation.  

July is the off season so there should be plenty of available choices via popular holiday sites Stayz and AirBnb. 

We also recommend getting in touch with Surf Coast Holiday Rentals. 

We have included a list here of some of the places we have used previously and can recommend.  They span a variety of budgets and sleeping arrangements so hopefully you will find something suitable.


$480 per person

To help attendees manage the upfront costs of this event, we will be taking 2 payments of $240. 

The first at time of booking and the second on 1 April 2019.
Bookings taken after 1 April will be charged the full price at time of booking.

Handcrafted is limited to 60 attendees.

Bookings can only be made online via the above link.  

Should you experience any problems or have any questions please call our store on (03) 4241 2109

The Fine Print

Due to the nature of this event, any cancellations made after Wednesday 26 June will be politely declined.   

We will happily transfer your booking into another person's name if you are able to find someone to take your place. 
However, you will be responsible for handling the financial transaction between yourself  and your nominated person. Please note, if you transfer prior to the second payment date, the credit card details attached to the original booking will still be charged.

All cancellations will incur a $50 cancellation fee.

A bit of Competition

Attendees are invited to enter our ‘Embellish My Square’ competition.

Each entry will go into the draw to win a really fantastic prize.  The winner will be drawn at random at the Cocktail Function on Friday 26 July.

All squares will be on display at Amitie throughout the weekend of the retreat and people are invited to vote for their favourite. 

The People's Choice Award will be announced on Sunday 28 July.


Create a square with dimensions no smaller than 12” and no larger than 18” (in this case a square can also be a rectangle).

Embellish your square using your chosen craft form .  This can be a patchwork block, an embroidered piece, crocheted, knitted or a combination of many mediums.  You are only limited to your imaginings.

Place your entries in an envelope along with your name, address and phone number. Either post or drop into the store your entries no later than Friday 20 July 2019.

Address the envelope to:
Embellish My Square Competition
c/o Amitie Textiles
87 Beach Road
Torquay Victoria 3228

Should you wish to have your square returned please include a prepaid self addressed envelope and we will be happy to return it to you.