Sewing tools

Studio62 located at the Blue Bear Inn

The Host:
Lorrie Mailhot

Lorrie, the Innkeeper and Proprietor of the Blue Bear Inn has been a sewing enthusiast and designer since a very early age. Her dream of owning an Inn brought her to Francestown, NH after patiently waiting for something to become available. In addition to owning an Inn, Lorrie wanted to have a space that she could share her love of sewing with others. The Blue Bear Inn provides a dedicated space known as “Studio62” in which she can mentor, teach and enjoy the sewing lifestyle with others. Studio62 is a dedicated retreat space for sewists, quilters, scrapbookers and alike.  With space for up to 12 people you can book and hold your retreat at Studio62.

Why a Sewing Retreat?

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Why a Sewing Retreat?

Sewing retreats offer a unique and rewarding experience for sewing enthusiasts of all levels. These specialized getaways provide a perfect opportunity for individuals to immerse themselves in their passion for sewing, surrounded by like-minded individuals in a supportive and creative environment.


At a sewing retreat, participants have the chance to dedicate uninterrupted time to their craft, away from the distractions of daily life. It is a time to focus on honing skills, exploring new techniques, and engaging in hands-on projects. From quilting to garment construction, embroidery to appliqué, sewing retreats cater to a wide range of interests and specialties. Expert instructors and fellow attendees share their knowledge, providing valuable insights, guidance, and inspiration.

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A Sense of Community

Beyond the educational aspect, sewing retreats foster a sense of community and camaraderie. Participants bond over their shared love for sewing, exchanging ideas, tips, and stories. These retreats often feature group activities, such as fabric shopping excursions, show-and-tell sessions, and evening gatherings, where participants can relax, socialize, and forge lasting friendships.

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The Retreat Setting

The retreat setting itself plays a significant role in the overall experience. The peaceful surroundings of the Blue Bear Inn contribute to a relaxed and focused mindset, allowing attendees to fully immerse themselves in their sewing projects.

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Retreat Information

We can handle up to 11 max, and each individual gets their own room. Fees are $175 per day per person. Arrival day you get lunch and dinner, middle days all three meals and departing day you get a breakfast and lunch. Breakfast - Continental (bread, bagels, English muffins, pastries, cereal, yogurt, breakfast bars, tea, coffee and juice), Sunday morning we add eggs, bacon and waffles. Lunches - We make a soup or stew with fresh bread on one day and some type of bowl on the second day... Dinners - When booking on the weekend - Thursday, Friday and Saturday each participant gets a $15 coupon for the restaurant; other days we provide a main dish, salad and dessert. Sewists have full use of the sewing room for all days, with coffee, tea, soda, and water during the retreat. We allow the group to bring snacks for the duration. There is a dedicated area near the sewing room just for this purpose. During the day you have use of full inn to lay out quilts etc., except for Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 3:30 pm to close as we need it for our outside guests because our restaurant and Tavern is open . If you book during the week and book all rooms and the Restaurant is closed, you have full use of the Inn the entire time. Each participant fills out their form with appropriate information. The deposit is 25% of the total cost. When participants book, they select their room, or the group coordinator can gather everything and do the room selection. We have 8 rooms with private baths and 5 with shared baths. We have irons, ironing boards, cutting table, many quilt rulers plus some machines to rent. We also have 5 small tables that mini-ironing pads can be put on and have mini-irons for them. This will cut down on things people bring.

See our Events Document for more information

Booked Sewing Retreats

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