Shop and Sew Workshop

Woodland Ridge Retreat recently hosted Mary Sue Fenner’s Shop and Sew: One of a Kind Garment Workshop

Shopping at Cultural Cloth in Maiden Rock Wisconsin

Mary Sue helped student plan, shop for fabric and sew a one-of-a-kind garment in this five day workshop. Mary Sue teaches classic, traditional and contemporary sewing and finishing techniques to create a one of a kind wearable garment. Her trunk show consist of 70 garments students can try on, and photograph for inspiration.  Some of the garments Mary Sue brought to the class were made from Kanthas (many layers of old cotton or silk saris that have been stitched together) block printed cotton and indigo dyed fabric purchased from Cultural Cloth. Cultural Cloth sells fair trade textiles direct from the maker that support women’s cooperatives in 31 countries!  In the age of Covid 19, students took a socially distanced bus ride to Cultural Cloth, Treadle Yard Goods and SR Harris to shop for textiles.  Some even made a second trip to Cultural cloth later in the week!  Students loved the class so much that Mary Sue is planning another class at Woodland Ridge Retreat in late February 2021.  Follow our newsletter to receive notifications about upcoming workshops.

What better way to fight the quarantine blues than crafting to your little heart’s content? We know just how difficult it can be to stay in your home day after day, avoiding other people and any sort of physical contact. You can start to feel a little stir-crazy, especially after the cabin fever that the winter season just dumped on us. Read on for some great projects to help you fight those quarantine blues and come out of this with some great projects under your belt.


A lot of people are getting started on their Christmas and holiday gifts early. And why not, now that you have the time? This is especially a great time to get started if you hit up those after holiday sales and bought an abundance of discounted materials. Festive quilts, knit scarves and blankets, macramé coasters and wall hangings, and candles—get your craft on and make something beautiful for all your friends and family members!

Diamond Puzzle

These puzzles are all the rage right now. They combine a beautiful mosaic with the fun of paint by numbers and cross-stitch. You place gems on a DMC-coded adhesive canvas to create a beautiful mosaic picture.

Sewing Clothing

What better time than now to fix the clothing you’ve been meaning to sew up for months? Replace buttons, sew on patches, and tailor your clothes to fit perfectly.

Master a New Skill

With all your extra free time, you can master a craft skill you’ve been wanting to try. Learn how to use your old sewing machine once and for all, or try out a new stitch. Start knitting, embroidering, or cross-stitching. Using this tutorial, you can even weave a beautiful wall tapestry. YouTube is your best friend right now; you’ll find an abundance of tutorials to fulfill all your crafting desires.

There’s no better time than now to pick up a new hobby or revisit a favorite! Creating something beautiful is a great way to relieve stress and harmful emotions. It will also take your mind off things—negative news stories included.

Calling all sewists and quilters! There is a call for homemade face masks by many of the hospitals in surrounding areas.

Styles vary from location to location. Below is a list of a few organizations that have requested masks and a link to the style that the organiztion has requested. Please let me know if there is a group you are working with near our retreat that should be added.

Twin Cities area:


M Health Fairview

North Memorial/Maple Wood Hospital

Eau Claire

HSHS Sacred Heart

There is at least one local hospital that may need to ration one N95 mask per week to critical care workers. This is another style of facemask that will fit over a N95 masks to help extend its usefulness: