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 !
The Vashon Island Sewing Retreats
are coordinated by Lorraine's daughter, Penny Kimmel
PO Box 2143
Vashon, WA 98070-2143
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
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.
Vashon Island Sewing Retreats
30 Years of History Movie Created by Penny Kimmel
30 Years is a long time! To celebrate our achievement, Penny created a video showing how we came this far and highlighting the ongoing fun we have been having since the 20th DVD.