About Stitching Girls Society

About the Retreats

Penny Kimmel, Executive Director
Retreat/SGS Founder:
Lorraine Kimmel
Penny Kimmel, Executive Director
Retreat/SGS Executive Director:
Penny Kimmel

In 1985, Lorraine Kimmel, under the auspices of the Seattle Chapter of the American Sewing Guild, said, "There are plenty of quilting retreats, why not a Sewing Retreat?" and the Vashon Island Sewing Retreats were born. Even though the Sewing Guild disbanded that year, Lorrain kept the Sewing Retreat going, holding the first Retreat that fall. (See photos.)

Gradually, as the years passed, Lorraine's daughter Penny took on more and more responsibility for coordinating the Retreats, so that sadly in 2008, when Lorraine passed, Penny was ready to keep the Retreats sewing.

In 2018, because we are no longer convening Sewing Retreats at Camp Burton on Vashon Island, we have change the name of our Retreats to the Stitching Girls Sewing Retreats !

Sponsored by

The Vashon Island Sewing Retreats are coordinated by Lorraine's daughter, Penny Kimmel
PO Box 2143
Vashon, WA 98070-2143

Phone: (206) 567-5039
Email: Penny@StitchingGirlsSociety.org

About the  Stitching Girls Society

In 2009, after twenty four years of hosting Sewing Retreats, Camp Burton insisted that they could only continue hosting our Retreats if we became a nonprofit. So the Stitching Girls Society was founded, taking our name from our favorite theme song: "We are the Stitching Girls!" Although our name says "Girls" we are open to all who want to share the joys of sewing, including men!

Board of Directors

Penny Kimmel, President
Penny Kimmel
President
Penny Specht, Secreatry
Penny Specht
Secretary
Peggy Garber, Treasurer
Peggy Garber
Treasurer
Cheryl Scheeler, Board Member
Cheryl Scheeler
Board Member
Catherine Shepherd, Board Member
Catherine Shepherd
Board Member

Industry Liaisons: Cheryl Scheeler and Janice Gow

Stitching Girls Society  promotes sewing, quilt making and other needle and fiber arts skills by providing inspiration, fellowship and educational opportunities through events, classes and sewing retreats; and encourages and facilitates the donation of created items to other charitable organizations. To learn more about us or to become a member, find us at:
www.StitchingGirlsSociety.org

Vashon Island Sewing Retreats
20th Year DVD

  • 20th Retreat Year DVD

Our first 20 Years of Sewing & Fun in a 50 minute DVD video plus 20 years of photos accessible on computer

Click here to Order DVD
(Requires Acrobat Reader)

It's at hoot!