Blue Mountains (NSW) Retreat

The Yarn Retreat – 1st to 4th September 2022


The Blue Mountains are somewhere I have wanted to visit and I invite you to join me for The Yarn Retreat to New South Wales and spend a long weekend of crafting, relaxing and enjoy the splendid Hydro Majestic Hotel.  Joining us will be some of Australia’s best tutors in both knitting and crochet and this is your opportunity to learn from the best and get to know them in person. 

I could not be more excited about this retreat and the opportunity to spend some time exploring the area in which my Grandfather was born and lived as a child.

The Venue – Hydro Majestic Hotel

Escape to the world famous Blue Mountains and take a journey through time to re-discover the elegance that is The Hydro Majestic. Just 1 hour and 45 minutes’ drive from Sydney CBD, The Hydro Majestic is the iconic historical hotel stretching 1.1km along the escarpment edge of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains overlooking the picturesque Megalong Valley.

Located in the township of Medlow Bath, The Hydro Majestic featuring art deco inspired accommodation is an escape to yesteryear with a journey of discovery and grandeur all whilst experience the natural beauty of the Megalong Valley surroundings.

The Hydro Majestic is approximately 90 minutes by car from the Sydney Airport and 2 minutes walk from the nearest train station.

For more information on the Hydro Majestic go to:  The Hydro Majestic Blue Mountains Hotel and Restaurants

The Tutors

There is so many talented tutors in the Blue Mountains area and across the state it was hard to choose. Each chosen tutor has a different specialty and all are passionate about designing, creating and sharing their knowledge with crafters of all levels.  Full details of the tutors and workshops will be available as soon as they are confirmed.

Tentatively, there will be four tutors with specialists in Knitting, Crochet and Tunisian Crochet.

Shelley Husband (Spincushions)

Shelley Husband is an Australian crochet designer and crochet teacher living on the south west coast of Victoria with her hubby and teenager in a tiny dot of a town by the ocean. Her two older children have left the nest and are spreading their own crafty and arty wings out in the world.

Shelley has crafted most of her life, trying “all of the crafts” over the years. These days, she spends most of her time with a crochet hook in hand. Having discovered a natural knack for crochet about seven years ago after a break of a few decades, she hasn’t looked back, creating hundreds of Granny Square patterns.  Shelley loves nothing more than designing new patterns aiming to extend her own and our crochet skills, gently challenging and encouraging us to create timeless, classic pieces sure to be admired and appreciated.

Seamless crochet is a real passion and she has many tips and tricks to make our crochet look the best it possibly can, using techniques she has combined and tweaked over the years. When not designing crochet, you can find Shelley teaching crochet in workshops around Victoria and beyond.

For those who cannot take a workshop in person, she teaches worldwide via her annual Crochet-A-Long projects through her blog and YouTube channel.  There is no doubting Shelley’s passion for all things crochet.

You can find Shelley online at and on most social media channels as Spincushions.

To read more about Shelley and browse her patterns, go to Spincushions.

Deanne Ramsay (Addydae Designs)

My mum taught me how to crochet when I was about 10 years old.  At the time, it was a fleeting interest that didn’t last much beyond a granny-square blanket for one of my dolls. It wasn’t until the birth of my niece about 20 years later that I rediscovered my love for crochet. And wow, did I make up for lost time! It was like a creative flame that I didn’t even know existed had been ignited and began a burning passion for everything crochet.

It wasn’t long before I decided to take the leap into designing and writing my own patterns. Addydae Designs came to be and I have been happily publishing my own designs since 2010. You will rarely find me without a crochet hook in my hand – just ask my family! But if you do, I’ll likely be enjoying one of the many mountain biking trails around Canberra, where I live.

My goal is to bring crochet out of the shadow of it’s knitted cousin to share its place in the world of contemporary handmade.

Additional Details on the weekend:

Thursday 1 September 2022
Arrive at the Hydro Majestic in time for a sumptuous lunch followed by an afternoon of exploring the venue, browsing the pop up shops or just sit and relax with your latest project.  After an A La Carte dinner we will hear from each tutor on their workshop offerings for the coming days.

Friday 2 September 2022
Breakfast is included in each package after which the workshops will begin!  Two @ half day workshops are offered (with lunch in between), some project based and some technique base but there are numerous offerings in both knitting and crochet.  Dinner is your choice from any of the spectacular restaurants at the Hydro Majestic.  After dinner ‘Yarn Bingo’ will be offered in the main conference room, time for a bit of fun and a few laughs.

Saturday 3 September 2022
Saturday offers a full day workshop and lunch is again included in your package.  The workshops finish at 3pm so you can decide how creative, energetic or lazy your afternoon will be.

After a sumptuous A La Carte dinner, you may like to return to the main hub to continue on your project or why not experience any of the other activities offered at the Hydro Majestic.

Sunday 4 September 2022
Sadly it is out last day, which you may like to spend in any of the luxurious areas of the Hydro Majestic designed for people to just sit and savour the last of your time to create before parting ways with old friends and new and heading home.

Costs and Packages

Choose from a range of accommodation options to suit your budget – single room; twin share or you may like to upgrade to a luxury room!

LIVE IN PACKAGE - Inclusions:

  • 3 nights accommodation in the style of your choice including breakfast.
  • Dinner Thursday and Saturday Night
  • Lunch Friday and Saturday
  • Workshops of your choice (full list available 1 March 2022)
  • The Yarn Retreat special edition gift pack.

$1650 – Single Room 

$1250 – Twin Share Room 

$1750 – Double Room (Couple) – Does not include workshops or meals for 2nd person.

$400 – Deposit per person


FULL Retreat Package: $575 

Booking Terms and Conditions:

A deposit of $400 per person (includes a booking fee of $100) is required to secure your place at The Yarn Retreat 2022 (Blue Mountains).

The remaining balance owing is due on 6 August 2022.  Alternatively I can offer you a monthly payment plan for the balance remaining at no additional charge.

In the event you cancel prior to 6 August 2022, your deposit less the booking fee is refundable only if your place is filled.  In the event you cancel after 6 August 2022, no refund is payable.

In the event COVID restrictions or venue changes result in postponing the event you will have two options:

  • Transfer your booking and all payments to the new dates at the same package price.
  • Transfer your payments to any other retreat or product offered by Yarn Creative.

In exceptional circumstances and subject to venue terms, conditions and refunds, a full refund may be provided less the booking fee of $100.