Product Search


Victoria Sampler presents: 
Fall VSRetreat..!
Sidney, B.C. Canada

3 nights - Oct 24th - 27th, 2019

Click here to Register!  

Come and stitch with us in Sidney, B.C. in Fall of 2019..!  Thea's new project, "Scary Stitches", a box shaped like a book, is being designed now. You'll see it as soon as it's finished!  Sidney-by-the-Sea is a little town just north of Victoria, with a small town feel and big town flair. We have found a classroom in a beautiful new Four Star waterfront hotel called "The Pier Hotel and Spa".

The classroom is bright enough but smaller than the rooms we have had in the past, so we have to
limit the class to 32 people.  We do recommend you bring some extra magnification or light with you for extra comfort.

Sidney is 18 K (25 min by car) north of Victoria and only a 10 minute drive from YYJ airport and the Vancouver ferries. Due to cancellations early this year, some rooms have opened up, so Registration is Open once again. You can also email Lisa to put yourself on a waiting list if a certain category is closed. Our easy Payment plan means you will be paying a third now and we will process your credit card two more times. We are very excited to welcome old and new friends to stitch together! Come and enjoy the many delights of Sidney in the Fall, and stitch with Thea! 

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 - 10pm, 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 two class days, we recommend you come early and stay late, so you can enjoy Sidney's many pleasures; walk along the beach path or browse through Beacon Avenue's numerous small boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, and bookstores! Sidney is sometimes called "Booktown" as there is a bookstore on almost every corner.  You are never at a loss for what to do during the retreat. You can take a city bus to Victoria, and 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 Pier Hotel and Spa is our base hotel this year. This is a Boutique Hotel, with few rooms that are much in demand, so if you're planning to stay longer, please ask us as soon as you can!  

Our intimate VS Retreats include:

- 3 nights Sidney Pier hotel - Thursday - Saturday (Check out Sunday before 11am) (we can arrange extra time before or after, if hotel is not full. They offer full spa services (not included)!
- two days with Thea... 
stitching & chatting in a classroom with elbow room for all.
- Continental Breakfast and Lunch on our two class days!
- membership in a dedicated Facebook chat group
to get to know your fellow stitchers
- stitcher's gift exchange -
entirely voluntary participation
- VS studio tour - to  shop and look at all of Thea's models
- Student Kit
 (Design by Thea to be announced)
- Thea
teaching and videos 
- 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 whom we will assign to you. If you want to share with a certain registered stitcher, just let us know when you register. You can pay the entire amount at once, or you can opt for our 3 x payment plan as you can see on our payment page

For the Fall VS Retreat or the Spring Stitch Along --

 VS Retreat Registration is open now! Just click to see your options and to register. There is a cash payment for each option, and there is also a payment-plan for each option. Choose the one you like best!
The payment amount will be charged twice more before the Retreat starts, once in Febriuary 2019 and once in June 2019.  We will contact you via email regarding the remaining payment dates and method of payment if things change. Let Lisa know if you have any other preferences. 

For the Fall Retreat: The first payment is the non-refundable deposit included in each Registration.
The second and Third Payments will be charged to your cc  Feb 2019 and June 2019

Based on Double Accom. - Cdn $361.67 - or - Based on Single Accom. -Cdn $438.67
Based on Double Accom. - US $289.34 - or - Based on Single Accom. -US $350.94

No refunds at all after 90 days before retreat unless we find a replacement (no exceptions)
All events here advertised are subject to change without notice.
For further questions
-  email Lisa

Stitching with Thea, Lisa 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 Sidney next year.. just come and follow the birds to Sidney!

If your daughter, husband, friend or relative wants to travel with you to our beautiful Island 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, and Sidney-by-the-Sea is so close to Victoria most people think it is similar, a wonderful quieter getaway village. Your guest can enjoy Sidney and is welcome to stay with you in a 'single' room at no extra charge to you as long as you let us know. 

A few helpful links for you to orient yourself ...

Map of Sidney via Google.
See airport to the left of Sidney and the Anacortes Ferry terminal just south of Sidney!

Sidney by the Sea  Things to do, about Sidney, Services, etc.

 Check out the information for Victoria AND a good link for Victoria info


Directions to the Pier Hotel and Spa in Sidney by the Sea, B.C. Canada

Fly directly into YYJ Victoria International Airport.. and grab a taxi to drive you to the Pier Hotel in Sidney, directly.  (Cost approx Cdn$15)  Recommended!

Ferry from Vancouver.  Take the Canada Line to Bridgeport Station from the YVR Airport. Then take a #620 city bus to the Tsawassen Ferry Terminal. Walk on the Ferry to Swartz Bay (Victoria). Then take city bus #70 from Ferry Terminal at Swartz Bay to Fifth Street in Sidney, B.C. and walk three blocks to the Pier Hotel in Sidney.

By Car: Take the BC Ferries from Vancouver (Tsawassen) to Sidney (Swartz Bay)
and drive or bus to the
Pier Hotel, at the foot of Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC.

Via Washington State Ferries: Take the Anacortes (cars and/or walk on passengers) Ferry (Washington State Ferry from Anacortes WA to Sidney, B.C. Walk 2 blocks north to the Pier Hotel.


Email for VS Retreats:

  Prices and Registration

  Welcome to VS
Login    My Account

#119 Babe's Honey Farm Leaflet ... !

“Life is the Flower for which Love is the Honey” - Babe’s Honey Farm is a companion to Ravenhill Farm, Strawberry Fields Farm and Jingle Bells Christmas Tree farms. Parts of this design can be stitched separately, use some of the motifs for a nametag, greeting card, or honey bee stitching accessories! ... click and scroll down for more