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A project-based book that guides you through planning and creating a perfect sewing adventure filled with fabric, friends and food.
A project-based book that guides you through planning and creating a perfect sewing adventure filled with fabric, friends and food. Shipping to stores now.
A project-based book that guides you through planning and creating a perfect sewing adventure filled with fabric, friends and food. Shipping to stores now.
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UPDATE : $75,000 Stretch Goal!

We hit our original funding goal of $50,000 on Day 10! Thank you for making this happen. We never expected our community to rally so quickly and strongly for this project. We had poured everything into making our Kickstarter First Edition amazing -  Each book will be hand-stamped and numbered, with foil printing on the cover and a tear-away pattern sheet at 100%. What more could we dream up? 



You've inspired us to go for gold. We are now aiming to reach an extra $25,000 so that we can print this First Edition as a stunning hardcover. We think this will truly make your special First Edition copy a treasured keepsake. If we can reach this goal together, then each copy you have ordered through Kickstarter will be from this limited edition hardcover run.



We are encouraging shop owners to join our handmade getaway journey by pre-ordering books through our two retailer packages. Please share this book with your favourite shop owner and encourage them to help us reach our stretch goal. Only shops who pledge via Kickstarter will have First Edition books. Our current list of exclusive retailers is posted here! We'd love to add your shop to this list once we receive your Retailer Package pre-order.



In addition to our stretch goal, we are excited to add a second opportunity to escape to Makers Luck! We hope a second group of friends will scoop up this ultimate getaway.  The rewards were updated recently and there are still tool kits and other fun options to choose from. You can always increase your pledge to another level by logging in to your account. We're excited to hit our next goal and make your First Edition copies of Handmade Getaway in hardcover! 


Love sewing with friends? We do too. Whether you’re planning to leave town for a few days or you’re getting together for an afternoon of sewing at home, this book is filled with great projects, pro tips and helpful planning tools for a successful handmade getaway. And, of course, plenty of gorgeous images from our adventures to inspire you.

Here’s where you come in: we need some funds to get this book to the finish line. Right now, we’re in the final editing phase, and we’re counting on your support to get the presses running and the paper rolling. And once that happens, we’ll be ready to send this amazing book out into the world—and to you.

Inside the Book

Whether you’re just learning how to sew or you’re an advanced maker, you’ll find inspiration in the pages of our book. Organized into five chapters, it covers everything from planning to execution—whether you only have a few hours to spend or you’re planning a multi-day getaway. Each chapter covers fabric, friends and food, with tips and resources to help you plan.

  • Chapter 1: Anticipation 
  • Chapter 2: Sewing Day 
  • Chapter 3: The Weekend 
  • Chapter 4: Long Weekend 
  • Chapter 5: Week

You’ll find projects for hand and machine sewing, quilting, making accessories and textile crafts (like cyanotype, foil transfer and print making).

The book includes:

  • 12 individual projects
  • 5 group projects 
  • 4 mini projects 
  • 4 group activities 
  • 3 planning charts and 
  • tons of pro tips

Handmade Getaway will have a MSRP of $35 CAD / $28.95 US

NOTE : All copies pre-ordered through Kickstarter will be from our
special hand-numbered First Edition!

First edition specs 

  • Designed, photographed and printed in Canada
  • Perfect bound book (soft binding that is easy to open so the book reads well) 
  • French flaps (pretty fold-out covers) 
  • Foil stamp on the cover
  • Tear-away pattern sheet at 100% (making the patterns really simple for you to use) 
  • Hand-stamped first edition (numbered—every single one, yup, we’re doing it) 
  • Matte laminated soft touch cover (durable for all your getaway packing)
  • Dynamic graphic design—gallery spreads with gorgeous typesetting complement clean, clear instructional project layouts 
  • Every single book pre-ordered on Kickstarter will be from this special first edition!

Production timeline

JanuaryTechnical Editing / The technical editor ensures all projects and patterns are accurate and easy to use.

February / Finalize Design / The graphic designer finalizes layout and gets it ready for printing.

March / Printing / The final file goes to the printer for printing.

May / Shipping / Early bird books arrive from the printer. The first edition is numbered and books begin to ship.

June / Getaway / The balance of the first edition books ship. People everywhere begin to plan and host their own handmade getaways!

Share our campaign! Are you one of our backers? Thank you! If you'd like to help us share this campaign we'd love for you to post about it. We have created Instagram-ready images that you can download here. Please tag us at @handmadegetaway and #handmadegetaway 

Media: Click here to download our press release and media assets.

Retailer inquiries: Inspire your customers by being one of the first shops to stock Handmade Getaway. Only retailers who pre-order through Kickstarter will have copies of this special First Edition of Handmade Getaway. We've got two preset packages of wholesale books for you to choose from, but we can set up a custom amount of books for you, as well. Email us  if you have any questions about supporting this campaign as a First Edition retailer.

Why Independent Publishing?

We want this book to go directly from our community to yours—no middlemen. The independent route lets us share every detail of our experience in its most authentic form. In the pages of this beautiful book, you’ll find the pro tips, charts, planning lists and project ideas that have made our getaways smooth sailing—so you can use them to build your own special memories.

After years of hosting our own handmade getaways, we’ve maximized small spaces, devised plans for sharing responsibilities around food and supplies, and created a coveted experience everyone looks forward to all year round. We’ve learned lessons that only come with years of experience—and the biggest one is that a little planning goes a long way.

Karyn has been documenting our getaways since day one, long before we realized we had book content, so we had great images to share.

Then we partnered with Andrew Cloutier to bring the book to life. His clean, classic design makes for beautiful storytelling and clear communication.

We are so proud of the work we’ve done, the projects we’ve created and the knowledge we’ve gathered—and we’re so excited to share it with you.

About us

Karyn Valino, Co-author, Photographer

Karyn opened the workroom in 2007, dreaming of a place the local maker community could gather. She didn’t realize that the workroom's doors would open to a flood of enthusiastic crafters, strangers would become best friends and families would grow before her eyes. Sewing has brought more community, friendship and love to her life than she could ever have imagined—and she’s excited to share her strategies for sustaining creativity and friendship in Homemade Getaways.

Karyn shot all the gorgeous photography of our getaways to transport you to places far from home—but very close to our hearts. In addition to clear patterns, all the step-by-step photography you see in the book was her labour of love.

“Handmade getaways are a rare chance to gift ourselves the freedom to sew morning to night, to eat all the delicious things, to take care of our friends, but also to let them take care of us. There is nothing like it.” —Karyn

 Jacqueline Sava Clarke, Co-author

Jacqueline is the founder and Director of Possibilities at Soak Wash Inc. Her company makes, markets and internationally distributes Soak modern laundry care and Flatter ironing spray, which have a significant following among sewers, quilters, knitters and crafters. She teaches design strategy and lectures on entrepreneurialism and business development. In addition to being a successful entrepreneur, Jacqueline is a talented maker who loves sharing her passion with friends who are fellow sewing enthusiasts.

“The first time I took my sewing machine to the cottage, it was a magical mix of all my favorite things: the quiet view of the lake, the warm summer sun and the humming of my machine as I worked away. I knew immediately that I needed to bring my friends to experience this magic, and so began the handmade getaways.” —Jacqueline

May your handmade getaways fill you with as much joy and satisfaction as ours do. Please join us by pre-ordering your first edition book today.

 

Risks and challenges

As best friends and authors, we are passionately committed to bringing this book to life. We work off each other’s strengths. Our skills complement each other. We’ve immersed ourselves in this new world of book writing and publishing. While we aren’t experts yet, we’re getting there. With our retail, wholesale and manufacturing backgrounds, we are already experts at packing, shipping and distributing things, so the books will flow easily into that mix.

We are working morning, noon and night, between the shop, Soak, teaching, life, the twins, family emergencies and (shorter than usual) getaways, always fitting in time to move this book forward. We’ve consulted editor friends, industry experts, pattern designers, graphic designers, book makers, book publishers, printers, magazine editors and writers to make sure we bring the best possible book to life. Every element of putting it together has been a team effort.

We spent the last two years crafting the manuscript, perfecting the projects and pushing forward through some huge life challenges that made us stop and question whether we should just take the easy route and put it on hold indefinitely. But each time we resolve to work through it together, and get it done.

You may see websites featuring our book, or have seen it pop up on Amazon. It’s because we originally had a publishing contract, but it is no longer active. Our separation with our publisher was for all the right reasons and we each hold the other in high regard. It just wasn’t the right fit.

So while we try to clean up the websites still listing our book for sale, rest assured that the only place to pre-order this book is here, on Kickstarter.

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    Thank you

    Become part of our community. Follow our getaway adventures and share yours. Make friends, share stories and sew along.

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    The early bird gets the book!

    You are the first to arrive at our getaway.

    Unpack, make a cup of tea and enjoy your copy of Handmade Getaway and start planning your perfect gathering.

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    First edition book

    Anticipation.

    We know you'll daydream about your getaway while you work, plan and count down days. Make your adventure a reality when you curl up with your own copy of Handmade Getaway.

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    1 book- local pick up (Toronto)

    Coming to the workroom soon? Pick up your copy of Handmade Getaway in person in Toronto and give Jacqueline or Karyn a high five for all their hard work!

    To claim this reward you must pick up your book at the shop (meaning you save on shipping).

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    Getaway with a friend

    You know your bestie will love this book too. Share the love when you pick up two copies of Handmade Getaway.

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    2 books

    Share and share alike.

    You and your bestie can daydream about your getaway, texting back and forth while you work. Then, when you step away from the computer, you'll each have your own copy of Handmade Getaway to enjoy.

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    Soak care package

    In additon to your copy of Handmade Getaway, you'll need Flatter for your ironing station and Soak for craft projects and handmaid for your hard working hands on your getaway.

    You'll get all three in this great little care package. Choose your fragrance at the end of the campaign.

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    the workroom 10 years

    Don't forget to stop at your local fabric shop before heading out on your getaway. You'll be set with your copy of Handmade Getaway and a workroom 10 year anniversary tote and pin set.

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    Design Book Cover Class with Karyn

    The key to every well-planned project is a beautiful notebook. Take the Design Book Cover Class at the Workroom, then take notes in your beautiful creative journal while you cruise through your copy of Handmade Getaway.

    Class Date TBC- 3 options available summer 2018

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    Cottage Sign

    ACD Stencil will create a custom pine sign for your home or cottage (max. 12" x18") so your getaway guests will know exactly where you're at.

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    Mini Retailer Package

    You know this book will be a hit with your customers.

    Your shop is small yet mighty, so this is the perfect mini retailer order of Handmade Getaway books for your shelves.

    Retailers who order through Kickstarter will be the only shops to carry this special first edition.

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    Double Time Quilt Tools

    Jump into your getaway with the Double Time Quilt project. You'll need two books and one Pathway Ruler (to share, of course, because that's what getaways are all about) to create this exceptional quilt design.

    We'll also throw in a bundle of Essex from Robert Kaufman. (Fabric bundles will vary) We've used this fabric in so many projects we can't even count. We love it. You will too.

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    Doubletime Quilt Tools Version 2

    Jump into your getaway with the Double Time Quilt project. Our first reward sold so fast we've brought you this new tool kit.

    You'll need two books and one Pathway Ruler (to share, of course, because that's what getaways are all about) to create this exceptional quilt design.

    We'll also throw in a wildcard bundle of 10 fat quarters from Andover Fabrics. #sewwiththebest with this assortment of beautiful fabrics. (fabric bundles will vary) We love it. You will too.

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    Double Time Quilt Tools Version 3

    Jump into your getaway with the Double Time Quilt project. You'll need two books and one Pathway Ruler (to share, of course, because that's what getaways are all about) to create this exceptional quilt design.

    We'll also throw in a curated palette of neutrals from Camelot Fabrics. We love this Canadian fabric company. You will too.

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    • 10 piece bundle of neutral fat quarters from Camelot Fabrics
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    Six copies of the book

    You know they all want a copy.

    The best way to start planning your next sewing adventure is to get six copies of the book and give five away as invitations to a handmade getaway. Go.

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    Retailer Package

    Are your customers serious about planning getaways? Be one of the first shops to have Handmade Getaway on the shelf with this selection of books.

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    Retailer Package Local Pick up

    Are your customers serious about planning getaways? Be one of the first shops to have Handmade Getaway on the shelf with this selection of books.

    Since you are local, come pick up your books at another great shop, the workroom!

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    Pro-tip ironing

    You’ll want a top-quality iron with you on your getaway. This Reliable iron will be an essential part of your handmade getaway, along with your copy of the book, of course. Read all the pro tips in the book to learn why.

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    Retailer Package x 2

    You know this book will be a hit with your customers, so double up your order of Handmade Getaway books for your shelves. Retailers who order through Kickstarter will be the only shops to carry this special first edition.

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    Retailer Package + Rulers

    Enjoy a selection of First Edition books, plus Pathway Rulers for your shop. This set is a great way to bring the book to your shop.

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    Insider information

    Once you've read your copy of Handmade Getaway, you'll want to chat about what goes into making a book. Whether you're working on a craft book, or building your craft business, sit down via Skype with Jacqueline for an exclusive half-day one-on-one business coaching session.

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    Community development

    Sit down to a custom lecture and visual tour of our handmade getaways with your shop or guild. Includes five copies of Handmade Getaway to use as door prizes during this exciting lecture by the authors.

    Travel not included. Date TBD with backer.

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    Sewing Date

    Enjoy an exclusive Sewing Date at the workroom in Toronto with nine of your closest friends. Work from the book or on your own projects, morning through night. Includes 10 copies of the book and exclusive access to the Workroom Studio for a day.

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    Meadow Quilt Class with Lizzy House

    Lizzy House will come to your shop or guild for an exclusive Meadow Quilt Class. This includes one six-hour session for up to 15 students. She'll hand-deliver your 15 copies of Handmade Getaway as well.

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    Community Medallion

    Nap, snuggle, read or flip through your own copy of Handmade Getaway somewhere cozy, wrapped up in this beautiful one-of-a-kind quilt. Designed and made by members of our community, you'll cherish this memento for generations.

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    Ultimate Getaway

    Enjoy an all-inclusive four-night, five-day Handmade Getaway with Karyn and Jacqueline to Maker's Luck in Dripping Springs, Texas.

    You and nine of your closest friends can escape to a sewing paradise, each with your own book. Includes meals and accomodations (and lots of sewing time). Travel not included. Date TBD with group.

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    Ultimate Getaway #2

    Enjoy an all-inclusive four-night, five-day Handmade Getaway with Karyn and Jacqueline to Makers Luck in Dripping Springs, Texas.

    You and nine of your closest friends can escape to a sewing paradise, each with your own book. Includes meals and accomodations (and lots of sewing and pool time). Travel not included.
    Date TBD with group, after September 2018

    We are so excited Makers Luck offered us a second opportunity for another group to get this great getaway!

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