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Maker's Retreat Raleigh | DFJ Studio

Announcing DFJ’s first ever Maker's Retreat!

Entire weekend of creating? Check!
Taking home tons of EXCLUSIVE handmade leather product? Yes!
Supporting vulnerable women in our community? Absolutely.

January 28-30, 2022
Raleigh, North Carolina

Registration now open!
We are limited to 10 spots
You’ll learn leatherworking, riveting, industrial sewing, jewelry making, and you’ll walk away with loads of EXCLUSIVE DFJ handmade leather products that you made yourself! Open to all skill levels, no sewing experience necessary.

Kristen Sydow, Designed For Joy Co-founder and Designer, will be your host and instructor. Kristen is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Textiles is her love language. Teaching is her gift!


Products you'll make are valued over $500 retail and will include...

1. Gorgeous Kodiak leather tote bag with leather handles and a leather pocket

2. Leather wristlet with zipper closure and leather strap

3. Long leather snap wallet

4. Leather coin purse with snap 

5. DFJ leather keychain

6. 24k gold plated earrings

7. 24k gold plated pendant necklace

8. 24k gold plated bangle bracelet with pendant



$1048 Regular Rate Jan 5- Jan 14
$1098 Late Registration Jan 15 until Sold Out 

Overnight Accommodation Option CLOSED



5:00pm Welcome to the studio and family style dinner 
6:30-9:00pm TIME TO MAKE! Review of all products to create. Lessons on heat embossing, hand press, rivets and snaps. 
9:15pm Arrive at house and free time

8:00am Breakfast at the house
8:45am-12:00pm TIME TO MAKE! Sewing lesson at studio
12:00pm Lunch 
1:00-5:00pm TIME TO MAKE!
5:00-6:00pm Refresh at house
6:30-7:30pm Dinner Downtown Raleigh
After dinner, free time! You can go back to the house or go out in Raleigh.

8:00am Breakfast at the house
8:45am-12:00pm TIME TO MAKE! Lesson on necklace, earrings, and bracelet
12:00pm Group photo and goodbyes



Meals are provided for Friday Dinner, Saturday Lunch, and Saturday Dinner only (no Breakfasts). Saturday dinner out includes one non-alcoholic drink. Additional drinks or alcohol drinks will be participants responsibility. 



Transportation to and from the studio will be provided for guests with Overnight Accommodations only, but any additional outings during free time, participants will be responsible for (like Uber if the participant goes out downtown after dinner). 



*This is a women's event.
*Each participant must complete a waiver releasing DFJ from liability. 
*Nonrefundable. Your space can be transferred to another woman by you. We cannot commit to helping fill your space should you not be able to attend.