2017 CAMP STAFF

  • Amy Chapman

    Amy Chapman

    Bra-making Instructor
    “I’m thrilled to return to this year’s Camp! Last year was a positively exhilarating experience—an opportunity to deep dive into new skills all while being surrounded with laughter and new friends. Imagine three days walking to class under gorgeous autumn leaves, a giddy PJ wine party, and the sight of a woman or two running around with a bra on her head...can’t wait to be back!”

    Amy is the sewing blogger and pattern designer behind Cloth Habit, with a particular passion for lingerie and lace. She started sewing as a young girl and has always had a penchant for diving head first into complex sewing projects, like tackling a Vogue Designer tuxedo suit in college (which she wore proudly, despite its horrific crotch fit). Since then she has been a lifelong student of patternmaking and fitting.

    In 2014 she turned her love of lingerie design and teaching other makers into a part time business at Cloth Habit. Amy’s patterns are highly instructional, offering up-to-date techniques based on current ready to wear construction for a professional finish, and including tips on working with stretch fabrics and lingerie knits.

  • Melissa Watson

    Melissa Watson

    Fit for Your Body and Style: Pant Fit Instructor
    “The best part about CWS is you get to do 'you' for a WHOLE weekend. Learn, make, socialize, do camp activities, bonfire, eat (a lot!), sleep (or not!). The coolest thing is getting to meet all these other people that are as passionate about making/designing/sewing/knitting/art/craft as you!”

    Designer of the Melissa Watson for Palmer/Pletsch patterns for McCall’s, Melissa attended the Parsons School of Design and designed ready-to-wear in New York. Today she is a fit specialist, design consultant, and creative director of Palmer/Pletsch. She teaches the Palmer/ Pletsch Tissue-Fitting method online (Craftsy and YouTube) and runs the blog at palmerpletsch.com.

  • Brooks Ann Camper

    Brooks Ann Camper

    Couture Hand Sewing Skills Instructor
    “I’ve been a Camper all my life, but Camp Workroom Social is something special. Last year’s fun-filled weekend of becoming friends and better makers has me jazzed to be back for more. We left with so many new skills and new connections!”

    Brooks Ann first learned to sew as an adult working in professional costume shops. After an internship at Yale School of Drama, and a Master's Degree in Costume Construction from UNC, she moved to NYC where she worked as a Broadway milliner for productions such as Wicked and Mama Mia!, and sewing for celebrities from the Muppets to the Rockettes.

    When she left New York and started her own business as a custom wedding dressmaker and designer, she began blogging the process as each one-of-a-kind dress was created. She realized that she was getting as much interest from "sewing people" as she was "brides" and started teaching her unique methods of custom sewing both in-person and online. She absolutely loves sharing her passion with kindred spirits!

    Learn more about Brooks Ann's sewing story in Seamwork Magazine.

  • Allyson Dykhuizen

    Allyson Dykhuizen

    Knitting Instructor + Bra-making Counselor
    “After teaching knitting at Camp 2016, a class that included 90+ people of all different skill levels working on 3 different projects, plus ALCOHOL, I know I can do anything!”

    Allyson Dykhuizen is a knitwear designer and knitting teacher from Michigan who lives in Chicago. Her patterns have been published in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, knit.wear, and knit.purl magazines, by Lion Brand Yarns, and included in the Knit Picks Independent Designer Program. She self publishes and blogs on her website The Sweatshop of Love, and is editor of the online magazine and knitting retreat Holla Knits. Her book Midwestern Knits was published last fall.

  • Fleur Hoare

    Fleur Hoare

    How to Sew Swimwear Instructor
    “Before CWS 2015 I’d never been to camp, and I had no idea what to expect. It was a ton of hard work! Working together with camp staff and sewing campers, I made some great friendships, and I’m excited for what 2017 has in store."”

    Fleur Hoare is a patternmaker and teacher based in Brooklyn, New York City, where she works with designers to produce their lines. She studied at Central Saint Martins, London and at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Fleur is a self-taught sewer who is obsessed with anything stretchy and she has many years of experience working with stretch fabrics. She especially enjoys making underwear and activewear. You can read more about Fleur at maisonfleurpatterns.com.

  • Christine Haynes

    Christine Haynes

    Jacketmaking Instructor
    “Camp Workroom Social 2016 was beyond my wildest dreams, and I cannot wait to return in 2017 to reconnect with familiar faces and meet new friends too! It is a glorious idyllic autumn setting filled with sewing enthusiasts—what's not to love?!”

    Christine Haynes is a Los Angeles-based sewing author, teacher, and pattern designer with her own line of sewing patterns—Christine Haynes Patterns—which are perfect for the vintage-loving modern seamstress. Christine grew up in Saugatuck, MI, a small beach community on the southwestern coast of Lake Michigan, where the arts were part of her daily life. Christine attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the department of Film, Video, and New Media. Her mother taught her to sew around the age of 10, and it grew as a personal hobby, until it eclipsed other mediums and became her main artistic outlet. After selling ready-to-wear garments for many years, Christine turned her focus to teaching others to experience the joy of making clothing for themselves through her patterns, books, and workshops.

    She has written four books, How to Speak Fluent Sewing (2015, C&T), Skirts & Dresses for First Time Sewers (2015, Barron’s), The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction (2014, CPI), and Chic & Simple Sewing (2009, Potter Craft), and has contributed to other books, such as One Yard Wonders (2009, Storey). Christine has published articles for many sewing magazines, teaches sewing classes both in person and online, and has been a guest two seasons PBS’s Sew It All TV. Her work has been featured in various press outlets, including Threads magazine, Mollie Makes, and The New York Times. Follow Christine's adventures in sewing, life, and her love of travel on her blog City Stitching, or on her Instagram account.

  • Kelli Ward

    Kelli Ward

    Jacketmaking Counselor
    “Camp 2016 exceeded my expectations. I've never been around so many women who get me and my passion to create things. I left with new friends, learned skills, and a reinvigorated desire to do more with my talents. I can't wait to do it all again in 2017!”

    Kelli is the owner and designer behind the indie pattern company True Bias. She creates patterns that are urban, modern, and easy to wear. She first learned to sew as a child, but never thought of it as a serious career. It wasn't until after she started a sewing blog and found herself as a new mom that she decided to look deeper. She began taking classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology in patternmaking and started her business soon after. She is passionate about finding time in each day to create something and loves sharing that possibility with others through her patterns.

    She recently made the move from NYC to Denver where she lives with her husband and two children. She's excited to be in a place with a slower pace, cleaner air, and more time in the day to sew.

  • Kristiann Boos

    Kristiann Boos

    Advanced Sewing Techniques Instructor
    “Camp Workroom Social has quickly become my favorite event and I look forward to it more than anything! It's a magical experience and I feel genuinely lucky to meet so many incredible people, make such dear new friends and to be a part of this special community.”

    Kristiann Boos is a Toronto based sewing instructor, author and designer/pattern maker for her label Victory Patterns. After earning her degree in fashion design from Ryerson University, she taught sewing to passionate makers for several years. She saw that her students were craving exciting, stylish projects to sew. Kristiann felt she could offer something different to the world of patterns and she loved the idea of creating great tools to allow women to make beautiful clothes for themselves. So she began to develop patterns for the maker community.

    Kristiann published her first book, Boundless Style (2015 Fons & Porter), which is a modular pattern book that allows the reader to design an almost endless array of dresses and be guided through how to sew them. Kristiann is passionate about making and loves to enable women to create and make clothing that they feel beautiful in. You can follow Kristiann’s work and journey on her Instagram.

  • Suzanne Beaubien

    Suzanne Beaubien

    How to Sew Swimwear Counselor
    “Whenever I’m feeling down, I close my eyes and think of Camp Workroom Social: new friends, old friends, making cool stuff, singalongs, pajama-clad cocktail parties, ghost stories, s’mores, a million happy tears..and just feeling truly at home with this incredible group of women!”

    Suzanne Beaubien is a two-time Camp Workroom Social counselor and an avid sewist who thinks if you can’t buy it, make it; if it doesn’t fit, make it; and if you’re seeking creative fulfillment and a fun community, MAKE IT!

    A Canadian transplant who studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology (after a previous life as a reporter and editor), Suzanne earned her clothing construction chops working in quality control at the McCall Pattern Company. These days you can often find her at the Workroom Social studio in Brooklyn, where she helps Jennifer with various projects, from drafting patterns and sewing samples to writing blog posts. (She considers Jennifer the Leslie Knope to her April Ludgate). In her off-time she likes tap-dancing, reading Harry Potter with her daughter, and watching her dog eat snow.

  • Sarah Hurwitz

    Sarah Hurwitz

    Camp Video Historian
    “As a very #nonewfriends type of introvert, I didn't think that the camp experience would touch me so deeply. While I expected to stay behind the camera capturing the special moments everyone else was having, I ended up bonding so much with my fellow staff members and the amazingly talented campers. What a group of incredible, inspiring women! In the weeks since, I've found myself saying, "At camp..." in so many conversations, people are starting to make fun of me! CWS 2016 felt like a magical escape from a stressful world! I didn't want to leave! Now I know why Jennifer cries so much!”

    Sarah Hurwitz is a yarn cinematographer. That is, she produces, shoots, and edits videos about yarncrafting for Lion Brand Yarn. It's the perfect combination of her professional background in filmmaking and passion for knitting. She co-created The Burgerlution, a documentary about the hamburger's journey from fast food to fine dining which premiered at the New York Food Film Festival. Sarah is also a knitwear designer focused on modern looks with patterns published in Pom Pom Quarterly, Knitscene, and by Lion Brand Yarn. She posts all of her DIYs on instagram (@knityorkcity). She loves french fries.

  • Jennifer Wiese

    Jennifer Wiese

    Camp Director
    “Camp is my most favorite thing EVER!”

    Jennifer is a designer who believes that every woman can live a joyful, creative, and confident life. At her Brooklyn-based studio, Workroom Social, she helps women find their joy, creativity, and confidence by empowering them to create clothes they want to wear. She teaches sewists methods that make clothing construction easy and produce beautiful results that look store-bought, not homemade. Jennifer is a summer camp counselor for life and the recipient of the “Spirit of Wewa” award at YMCA Camp Wewa in Apopka, FL, her childhood sleepaway camp. It’s a dream of hers to create Camp Workroom Social, a excuse for adults to sew, make friends, and act like a kid again if only for the weekend.