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- Enjoy two included workshops of your choice
- Stay at a lovely 4-star hotel, half board
- Spend a fantastic weekend with likeminded people, indulging in your favourite crafts
- Included use of the hotel leisure facilities, swimming pool, spa pool, sauna and gym
- Enjoy evening talks and entertainment
- Additional workshops can be added to your package – coming soon!
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Scotland has a rich and diverse textile heritage, from weaving and sewing in the home, to full scale mechanized factory textile production, and needlework associations- these all have their part to play in documenting the industrial and social history of Scotland. Accompanied by myself, a quilter and Edinburgh resident, this tour will take us from Glasgow to Perth via Edinburgh as we explore the history of textiles in Scotland and enjoy three half-day hand sewing workshops with me.
OUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:
Hand sewing workshops with myself
Discover the Art Nouveau magic of Charles Rennie Mackintosh on a walking tour of Glasgow
Visit Kelvingrove Museum, Wemyss School of Textiles museum and Scotland’s oldest inhabited home Traquair House
Discover 2,000 Years of Textiles at National Museum of Scotland
Explore the National Trust of Scotland’s Weavers Cottage
…and so much more.
On this tour we’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Khiva, Bhukara and Samarkand as we pass along the route of the Silk Road. We’ll see examples of local craftsmanship in embroidery, ikat fabrics, carpets and silks and enjoy an embroidery workshop with a local expert as well as two hand-stitching workshops with our expert. There’ll be plenty of opportunity for some retail therapy too, as we enjoy the sights, sounds and aromas of the markets and bazaars throughout our journey.
Join me to discover the highlights of Morocco, the indigenous Amazigh/Berber culture and extraordinary textile traditions on this fascinating tour.
We’ll visit women’s cooperatives that combine age-old skills with new innovations. In Marrakesh we’ll enjoy the exquisite Yves Saint Laurent museum featuring his fashion designs as well as the Berber Museum that houses the Moroccan textiles and jewellery that inspired his work.
Following the ancient trade routes across the High Atlas Mountains to the Sahara we find weavers of carpet and cloth and traditional embroiderers in these remote locations, where they still employ their skills and maintain their traditional lifestyle. Add to this the Imperial city of Fez, the ‘blue city’ of Chefchaouen and the capital Rabat.
The tour includes hands-on experiences and demonstrations with local artisans as well as hand-sewing workshops with our accompanying textile expert.
Join me for a week of creativity surrounded by fabulous alpine landscapes. We’ll be staying at the wonderful Chateau des Comtes de Challes, a stunning 15th Century chateau that has been lovingly restored and retains many of its traditional features. There will be great opportunities to learn new quilting techniques during the 4 days of workshops, as well as to explore the local area on two included excursions.
Join me on a wonderfully relaxing trip to historic Carcassonne in France’s sunny south-west corner to savour the amazing architecture and atmosphere of this World Heritage Site, enjoy the luxury of a top-class hotel and indulge in four days of quilting.
Carcassonne really is a fantastic sight to behold and on this tour we not only stay right in the historic heart of the medieval fortress town, we quilt there too. The patio doors of our workshop room lead to the tranquil hotel garden; a perfect location to focus on our projects. Our expert will be on hand to teach new techniques and lend her expertise, and there are Bernina machines to work on.
We’ll also enjoy an excursion to Mirepoix and Lavalanet and an introductory walking tour of medieval Carcassonne. You’ll also have time some free time to wander the perfectly preserved cobbled streets here; the ideal opportunity to unwind.