Nurture your creativity.

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Making Zen Online Retreat  

27-31 May 2024


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Craft a Life You Love



An online retreat for stitchers with a wholistic approach to creativity 


Discover new processes, improve your technique and get inspired with a wholistic approach that nurtures your well being.

Empowering you to CRAFT a life you love.


Say yes to your creativity.

During the online retreat we will show you how to... 

ūüĖ§ Make dedicated time for yourself to create, helping you overcome procrastination

ūüĖ§¬†Learn new techniques to improve your stitching and other art

ūüĖ§¬†Develop practices that stimulate new ideas and creativity

ūüĖ§¬†Achieve Zen through the creative process which brings clarity and peace of mind

You can have all these things without feeling overwhelmed. The best part: it can be simple.


Get inspired! 

With 20 artists over five days, you'll learn new methods you can use to get creative and find that exquisite feeling of Zen.


Get Out of That Creative Rut

The Making Zen Online Retreat offers a wide variety of workshops, allowing you to try new ideas and techniques. Open yourself up to be inspired!


Make Some 'Me Time'

We all know and feel the benefits of when we sit down and create, and this Online Retreat provides the incentive to make some well deserved 'Me Time.'


Learn New Techniques

We've all felt intimidated by new methods of working or even new mediums. These workshops show you step by step how to create beautiful, meaningful art without fear.


The Details

 27-31 May, 2024 | 11am EDT/12pm ADT

(click here for your time zone) 

  • Four presentations will run each day.
  • Presentations will be¬†about¬†30 minutes in length.
  • Each will be available for 24 hours for free.
  • Different presentations will be available each day.
  • The presentations will be right here on my website; tune in from anywhere with an Internet connection!¬†


You'll also have access to our Facebook Community for the retreat where we can gather and mingle before the retreat starts and share ideas and inspiration once MAKING ZEN begins and beyond.

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 The Workshops

No Rules Hand-Stitching

Jayne Emerson

An exploration into the possibilities of hand stitching No Rules style! Use reclaimed lace, net and furnishing fabrics as guides to weave into and create entirely new fabrics. 

Mixed Media Textile Moth

Lisa Goddard

Follow me step by step through my process to create these beautiful mixed media textile moths. Starting by creating hand dyed and stitched wings before building a giant fabric bead body and finally putting it all together with some gorgeous extra details.

Macrame Leaf Necklace

Isabella Strambio

In this workshop, you will learn how to make a beautiful macrame leaf necklace in just 30 minutes. Isabella will also share with you how you can use this pattern to make a macrame flower for your home.

Hand-Embroidered Sewing Pouch

Nicki Franklin

Hand embroider, patch and hand sew a pretty little pouch - great as a travel sewing kit but also for storing all sorts of small items!

Chicken Scratch Embroidery

Blair Stocker

Learn a fun, easy-to-stitch embroidery motif on gingham to add to simple bed pillowcases, all based on the vintage craft of Chicken Scratch embroidery

Traditional Chinese Cloud Motif Appliqué

Selina Ben

Stitch a historical Chinese cloud motif together with me and take the opportunity to look into the tradition of reusing textiles and zero waste approach to design in China culture.

Kawandi Style Quilting

Jen Strauser

Join Jen Strauser and follow along as she creates a mini quilt with the yummiest texture you will ever feel.  This slow stitching technique is easy and relaxing, perfect for anyone who can thread a needle. 

Sew Yourself a Hat

Liz Haywood

Sew a sunhat with me!  This pattern is almost zero waste, has an unusual construction, and comes in five sizes (to fit a 54cm head, 56cm, 58cm, 60cm and 62cm). You'll need sewing experience to make this hat!

Embroider Your Knits 

Betz White

Learn versatile embroidery stitches to accent your sweaters and knit accessories! It's a fun, easy way to use up stash yarn while adding a unique touch to a thrifted garment or beloved handknit. 

Stitch Goddesses

Mirjam Gielen

Make a small friend that will inspire you, support your creativity and make you smile!

Meditative Needle Lace

Ozden Dora Clow

In this Making Zen workshop, we will be making meditative needle lace scrolls. You don’t need to have tried needle lace before, as we will be working our way through the very basic steps of Oya needle lace to create lengths of colourful lace, attached to sticks that you have chosen for your musings. This is a repetitive endeavour where a truly relaxing flow sets in once the basics are understood. And I can promise you that it is so satisfying to witness a fabric (lace) being produced just with your needle and thread. 

Sewing Stella

Trixi Symonds

Stella is a sweet little softie/stuffie suitable for experienced sewists, beginner sewists and kids.

Mixed Media Watercolour & Embroidery

Embroidery Art by Nat

Hi! My name is Natalie and In this video I will be sharing everything I learned on how to apply watercolors on fabric and create mixed-media embroidery projects. I will show you a few techniques I use in my work that will help you to draw sharper and more controlled areas.

Appliqué Blackbird Zipper Pouch

Ann Smith

Create a colorful patchwork zipper pouch featuring a hand-stitched appliqué blackbird.

Stitching in 3D

Pippa Haynes

Working through 8 three-dimensional stitches this class will teach you how to add relief to your embroidery. Create captivating and exciting work by making it come alive off the fabric!

Barbara's Boats:
3D Jogakbo Coaster

Youngmin Lee

Using small pieces of fabrics and the hand stitching technique Gamchimjil, Youngmin Lee will teach how to make jogakbo-style blocks. These blocks will transform from flat coasters into 3D-shaped coasters.

Small Gifts of Hope

Rakefet Hadar

In this lesson we will create mixed media fabric talismans that can be used later in our visual journals. We will learn the SoulPages technique based on the seven elements to create stunning small talismans using torn images, small scraps of paper and fabrics, ink and different stitching.

Hidden Zipper Pillow Cover

Ellie Beck

Learn how to add a zip into a cushion cover, with a sweet little hidden back-flap. I'll teach you how to lengthen or shorten a zip that's not quite the right size. 

Metal Leaf and Foils on Fabric and Paper

Liz Kettle

Metal leaf and foil are easy to use and a great way to add elegant shine and glittery sparkle to your textile and mixed media art. 

Kuguri Sashi Pin Cushion

Kate Ward

Join me in learning a Sashiko pattern featuring kuguri sashi, or woven stitches! Then, we'll turn our newly stitched fabric into a sweet pyramid-shaped pin cushion.

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Meet your summit host

Hi, I'm Kate!

I'm a textile artist with a love of travelling and the esoteric. Everything has the potential to become a new creative project, and because of this my house is literally scattered with these ideas.  

My goal is to empower you and give you permission to get creative, helping you to CRAFT a life you love.

Want to learn about my mission for the Making Zen retreat? Check it out here.

Learn about Making Zen's mission >

Love letters from past attendees

Comments in response to Making Zen Online Retreat in May 2023

Lori Coulston

"A carefully curated range of artists sharing new techniques in a friendly and approachable manner. I’ve learned a tremendous amount from the artists profiled in a very short amount of time and I’ve made some fantastic mini-projects that I hope to expand into larger ones.

It was a great opportunity to be exposed to such a diverse group of artists and to learn from all of them at such a bargain price. I will definitely join again."

Jane Ebone

"Thank goodness I purchased the [VIP] Pass. I've taken 3 classes so far and already have many ideas to try out. I plan to try a new class each week to be able to absorb it into my work. I can see that even classes that I didn't think applied to me will have valuable tips to teach me."

Mary Elizabeth O'Toole

"I have participated in every Making Zen Retreat and at each one I have learned about new artists, new techniques, and new ways to develop my own style to tell my stories.  I am grateful for the inspiration and for the invitation to slow down and enjoy the power of slow, intentional stitching.

Thanks to Kate, the Zen Stitching Team, and all the talented instructors who shared their skill and resources."

More love letters from past attendees

Comments in response to Making Zen Online Retreat in October 2022

Kim Saxe

"Making Zen is not to be missed! Whatever your level of expertise  - from beginner to expert, you will learn a lot & be inspired to try all sorts of new techniques & projects. Kate Ward is exceptional at pulling together a terrific group of teachers to spur us onwards! Thank you Kate!"

Rachel Irving

"Thank you so much for the amazing Zen Online Retreat. The timing was perfect for me and helped me deal with a stressful week. It provided me with so many ideas and encouraged me to make everyday. Thank you, I can’t wait to watch everything available on the [VIP] Pass and find pockets of creativity everyday."

Sharon Walker

"My second Zen retreat and I can't wait for the next one - I'm in awe of the quality of presenters.

Thank you Kate for making this retreat so enjoyable."

It's time to...


  • Start making time for yourself so that you can¬†develop your creative ideas¬†and satisfy those creative itches
  • Get out of that creative rut and start making¬†beautiful things you are proud of
  • Conquer the fear of making a mistake and getting it wrong and¬†learn the easy way to do things¬†
  • Get over that negative self talk that you are not creative and realize that¬†it's all about having fun
  • Stop doing things the hard way by trying to figure it out all by yourself -¬†let us show you how!

Join us for the Making Zen Online Retreat today!


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Craft a Life You Love

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