Kanuga Knitting & Quilting Retreat

January 16, 2014 - January 19, 2014


Kanuga Knitting & Quilting Retreat

January 16, 2014 – January 19, 2014

Optional January 20 Stayover

Extend your retreat for an extra day! Limited classes will be offered in addition to a buffet supper Jan. 19 and a continental breakfast before checkout Jan. 20.

“Kanuga Knitting and Quilting Retreat (KKQ) has opened the doors for new friendships and learning more about our craft from exceptional instructors; I am blessed by both!  KKQ is a special weekend of restoration, relaxation, and learning shared with an awesome collection of men & women!”
-Linda Gysin, Greer, SC (KKQ 2010-13)

Learn new techniques from patient experts and exercise your creativity during this relaxing mountain weekendProjects will be offered for beginning to advanced knitters and beginning to intermediate quilters.

Knitters and quilters will choose one project to work on during this three-day retreat. Knitting projects include a contiguous sweater, felted “pop squares” tote, beginning socks, lace and beads scarf, Christmas stockings, Fair Isle mitts or bring your own project to work on. Click here to see detailed descriptions of each project.

Quilters can choose to make a Dottie Zig-Zag, Jelly Roll Jambalaya, and/or Seed Pods. Quilters also are welcome to bring their own quilting project. Click here to see detailed descriptions of each project.

In addition to daily classes, there will be get-togethers by the fire and time for hiking to scenic mountain overlooks and visiting area yarn and quilting shops. The atmosphere is casual. The people are warm and friendly.  The experience is a gentle escape from “real life.”

About the staff

Varian BrandonCOORDINATOR: Varian Brandon has been knitting since she was 8 and has been almost continuously working with yarn and needles since a trip to Scotland after college. An international award winning designer, she is currently creating patterns for various yarn companies and knitting magazines both in this country and in Europe as well as for her own website. She lives in Saluda, NC.

Jennifer DeatonCHAPLAIN: The Rev. Jennifer Deaton serves as the Canon for Pastoral Care at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, MS. An avid knitter, she maintains the blog Preach One, Purl Two.

Jean Ann Wright and Janet Houts

QUILTING INSTRUCTOR: Jean Ann Wright is a design consultant to the fabric industry and co-author of Circle of Nine: 24 Stunning and Creative Quilts, One Unique Quilt Setting. Previously, she served as editor of The Quilting Quarterly and Quilt magazines. Her quilts have appeared on the covers of The Quilter and Quilter’s World and featured in Fons and Porter, McCalls and Quilter’s Newsletter magazines. She has taught quilting in the United States, Canada and England and was a judge at the first International Quilt Festival in Austria and the Quilt Festival in Houston.

QUILTING INSTRUCTOR: Janet Houts is a quilt designer and co-author of Circle of Nine: 24 Stunning and Creative Quilts, One Unique Quilt Setting. Her quilts have been published in numerous magazines, including Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting, McCalls Quick Quilts, Quilter’s World and Quilt Magazine. She has designed quilts for several textile companies, including Blank Textiles, Windham Fabrics and Andover Textiles. She has an extensive background in graphic arts and previously was the editorial art director for The Quilting Quarterly.




Double Occupancy $490 per person $441Early bird discount through October 16
Includes program, lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.
Single Occupancy $600 per person $540 – Early bird discount through October 16
Includes same as above. (Based on availability)
Commuter $320 per person $288 – Early bird discount through October 16
Includes program, lunches, suppers and use of recreational facilities. (For residents of Henderson, Transylvania, Polk, Rutherford, Buncombe, Haywood or Greenville counties only)
$330 per person
Includes lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.
Optional Stayover $70 per person
Includes lodging, buffet supper and continental breakfast.


Deposit $100 per person
Nonrefundable. Nontransferable. Deposit deducted from total fee.
Balance Due December 16
(To register after this date, please send a check or use a credit card for the full amount.)


Check-in 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16
Check-out After lunch Sunday, Jan. 19


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