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Victoria Sampler presents: 
Our 20th Anniversary
Victoria, B.C. Canada

 April 27th - 30th, 2017

Celebrate Victoria Sampler’s 20th Birthday and stitch with us at our VS Retreat next Spring..!

Stitched on a lovely light sand linen, this long sampler has beautiful joyful colours of peach, turquoise, pink, purple and greens.. fun for any Birthday celebration! At the top of the sampler is a delicious tiered Birthday Cake with lit candles under a garland of flowers and hearts. Below is some lovely lace and some specialty stitched bands to learn, a floral vine, and some drawn thread as well as gorgeous bargello and more specialty bands. Then you can see a stand with cupcakes and candles to blow out for that magic moment! Below that is some beautiful Hardanger to stitch.

If you’ve always wanted a pattern to celebrate the fun and joy of a friend or family birthday, come stitch this one! I’ve stitched this Birthday Sampler on a pale yellow sand, but you can choose your own coloured linen, with silks in bright colours! Frame or fashion into a bellpull as a gift for a special birthday and see their delight!

We are very excited to welcome old and new friends to stitch together! Register early for this special BIG retreat.. to celebrate our 20th anniversary.. Come and enjoy the many delights of Victoria in Springtime... and stitching with Thea!  

Retreat is now full.  Please email your request including your full name, email address, and phone number! Email Lisa:  
Registration Waiting List.

Retreat Format:
We encourage a comfortable teaching structure to each day. You will learn plenty of terrific techniques as well as tips and tricks used in Lisa's gorgeous finishing! You can stitch the entire time you attend, as the stitching room will be open from 8:30am -12 midnight, but you can also take breaks, go for a long walk, go shopping, or do other things that you enjoy! This promises to be a relaxing time for you, a time when you can steal away for a wee nap in the afternoon, or just keep stitching and chatting with us the whole weekend through.

While we aim to have you stitching for hours during our official class days, we recommend you come early and stay late, so you can enjoy Victoria's many pleasures; walk along the inner harbour causeway, ride on our horse drawn buggies, or shop at our local needlework shop and quilting shops or the numerous tourist or antique shops that Victoria is known for. Victoria is filled with oodles of boutiques, antique shops, restaurants, and museums so that you are never at a loss for what to do during the retreat. Have High Tea at Murchie's or the elegant lobby of the jewel of the city, the Empress Hotel. You may want to stay longer, arriving before or leaving after our event . If you do, just email us, and we will help extend your holiday if we can share our group hotel rate to you for your entire stay. 
The Harbour Towers is our base hotel.

Our intimate VS Retreats include all the following:

- 3 nights hotel - Thursday/Friday/Saturday (Check out Sunday before  11am) (of course we can arrange extra nights for before or afterwards)
- two days with Thea...  stitching & laughing in a cosy common room with elbow room for all.
- membership in a dedicated yahoo chat group to get to know your fellow stitchers ahead of time.
- entirely voluntary participation in a stitcher's gift exchange

- VS studio tour and tea..
- a full kit containing a new design by Thea (to be announced)
- an in depth overview of the featured design taught by Thea  
- some special prizes and goodies of course.. we can't forget those! :)

Any questions? just email us  

There are TWO options for your registration: Double Occupancy and Single Occupancy. With the double occupancy price, you will share the room with another stitcher. If you don't already know a stitcher to share with, we will assign one to you. If you want to share with a certain registered stitcher, just let us know by email. You can decide you want to pay the entire amount at once, or you can opt for our 3 x payment plan as you can see on our payment page

VS Retreats email: .

Our VS Retreats Registration is found in the menu at left under Catalogue and then under VS Retreats! Just click here to see your options and to register. There is a single payment for each option, and there is also a payment plan for each option. The payment amount will be charged twice more before the Retreat starts, once in May of 2016 and once in October 2016.  We will contact you via email regarding the remaining payment dates and method of payment if things change.

The first payment is the non-refundable deposit included in each Registration:
Based on Double Accom. - Cdn $286 - or - Based on Single Accom. -Cdn $339
No refunds at all after 30 days before retreat (no exceptions)
All events here advertised are subject to change without notice.
For further questions
-  email Lisa

Stitching with Thea and Kathleen!

Thea has a warm and comfortable teaching style, and enjoys her students immensely. She encourages everyone to try new things and to relax while learning! Lisa has taught several finishing workshops over the years, and is our resident finishing guru. She will give you some easy finishing hints for this beautiful project... We just know you'll have a wonderful time in Victoria next Spring.. just come and smell the flowers, and follow the birds to Victoria!

If your husband, friend or relative wants to travel with you to this little bit of Olde England on the West Coast of Canada, you are of course welcome to bring them! Victoria is considered one of the 10 top cities in the world to visit. Your guest can enjoy Victoria and is welcome to stay with you in a 'single' room at no extra charge to you.

A few Victoria links for you... good link for finding Victoria,_British_Columbia a good link for Victoria info

Fly directly into Victoria International Airport.. or take the Pacific Coach Lines
from the Vancouver Airport, or from Vancouver and let them
take you directly to downtown Victoria (they go via Ferry as well)
************************************************************************* Take the BC Ferries from Vancouver (Tsawassen) to Sidney (Swartz Bay) and drive to Victoria.  take the Clipper
(easy passenger catamaran ferry) from Seattle harbour to Victoria harbour 3 hrs! Go from Port Angeles to Victoria
via the Coho Ferry (cars and passengers). Take the Anacortes (cars and passengers) Ferry (Washington State Ferry from Anacortes WA to Sidney, B.C. 

************************************************************************** The Harbour Towers. If you are wheelchair dependent.. please email us before you sign up.  Button and Needlework Shop
Email for VS Retreats:

  Prices and Registration link under VS Retreats in menu at left.

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