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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 & love.  

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

It's a Date

Friday 16th October 2020 - Sunday 18th October 2020

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

Retreat begins from 11am Friday and concludes Sunday 3pm

Come Join Us

At Amitie Textiles!! 87 Beach Road, Torquay 3228, Victoria.

We've got grand plans for the space to be transformed solely for Handcrafted 2020! We would love for Handcrafted 2020 to really focus on hand crafts with plenty of table space for socialising and cake.

We will have limited capabilities to host sewing machinists as outlined previously, but we can certainly do our very best if you get in touch with us before the event.

The More The Merrier
All are welcome to join us for our 2020 retreat. 

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. Or just come for the food! We are really wanting our event to be focused on hand work as we'd love to celebrate the social side of Handcrafted 2020.

Inclusions Apply

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

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

Cocktail Party on Friday night at Amitie with a special panel of JKD collective members.

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 & a laugh.

Saturday Night Stitch In


A truly wonderful personalised Amitie Gift Pack

Pack Your Bags

Bring along 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 registers will be open throughout the weekend for anything you might have forgotten.

Food and Drink

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

This includes;
On Friday; Lunch, 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 and her team.
Expect delectable canapes... and lots of them. 
Bubbles, fun, laughter and indulgence.

As always we aim to cater to everyone so please if you have any medical 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 1st August 2020.
Bookings taken after 1st August 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 Friday 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 Friendly Competition

Attendees are invited to enter our 'Post with the Most' competition, heavily inspired by Jen's recent trip to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Centre.

Each attendee will receive a postcard to embellish, adorn, beautify in their own unique style. These will then be submitted at the time of registration ready for their display debut on the night of the Cocktail Party.

Each entry will go in the draw to win an in store prize valued at $200! The winner will be drawn at random on the night of the Cocktail Party.

All cards will be framed and displayed for the duration of the retreat, ready with silent auction forms available for bids all weekend. All proceeds will be gifted to a local charity.


The adorned postcard must be of the original material received at time of booking. 

Embellish your postcard using your chosen craft form. This can be anything! Beading, applique, knitting, crochet, stitchery, textile artistry... Happy stitching!