Sewing and repurposed clothing design project and carpentry on the beautiful coast of Maine, USA


United States

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    We live in mid coast Maine with our small dog and fatty cat. We own a second residence across the street from our home. In this second residence are two rental units and Elisa's personal design studio- soon to be an art gallery/community art space.We are not looking for help with the rental units. Elisa is looking for a fairly skilled tailor/seamstress to help with some design projects, and to teach her to sew and to sew from patterns. The sewing projects are for personal use and are not for sale.

    Additionally we are looking for some woodworking/carpentry skills to help us complete replacing clapboards on the barn we recently renovated. Peter is a cabinet maker and past house building teacher, so you woukld be getting some skills training from him!

    Elisa's studio and your living quarters are in the Victorian house across the street from our home. We are two blocks from the beach, and one block to the village with cafes, grocers and eateries. The house is also nestled in with the campus of a well known marine museum. Help with gardening/stacking wood and other small maintenance tasks would also be needed occasionally, but the main focus is helping with the sewing projects and working on the barn exterior.
    If this sounds like something you are interested in , please let us know!
    Regards, Elisa

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We will show you all that Maine has to offer. As an anthropologist, I can teach you about the cultural side of Maine, lobstering, marine history and the material culture of fashion. You would have free access to the Penobscot Marine Museum next door. Each week there are many cultural festivals and events held In nearby towns and on organic farms.

  • Help


    I am designing a fashion line of clothing and need help with sewing and teaching me to sew. A bit of easy flower gardening would be helpful as well. Looking for a skilled tailor/seamstress for repurposing clothing, mending, and sewing from patterns. My sewing projects are for my personal use and are not for sale.
    We are also needing help with replacing clapboards on our barn exterior, some general carpentry and general yard maintenance.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Italian: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    I speak some Italian and would love it if could teach me more!

  • Accommodation


    Private room, kitchen and bath on the first floor of a Victorian sea captain’s house. Quiet side street. Walk to beach and village. We live across the street. Two meals a day provided.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is so much to do here on the mid coast of Maine. The weather is gorgeous and the air is clean. Festivals and events abound each week during the spring, summer and fall....there’s so many to choose from. Two local weekly farmers markets, art markets, farm days, kayaking, sailing, beachcombing, fresh local food and seafood. Your weekends are yours and I’m always happy to take you on adventures, or get you where you want to go. A bicycle is available for town riding, or if you have a car, there are some fabulous scenic off road trails and bike paths Within an easy drive. Of course just relaxing with your reading list is great too! With an easy 5 minute walk from our house you can hike through peaceful woods gathering ripe wild blackberries, blueberries and raspberries, or stroll along the beach and wade through tide pools at low tide. The beach offers great swimming also. Close to Acadia, Camden, and lots of lighthouses!

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There would be space for this if it is not too large.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We are open to a small well behaved dog. We have a small friendly rescue Miso, who loves dogs and people!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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