Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS FROM YOUR LIVING ROOM WITH STITCHTOPIA

– Join from the comfort of your own home
– Simple joining via zoom
– Enjoy crafting in a small group
– Tailored tuition from our wonderful experts
– Kit lists available on our website
– Included recording of the workshop

Following the overwhelming success of Stitchtopia’s previous virtual workshop launch (every space sold out!), They have been busy contacting their experts to book in some more dates for the diary and are pleased to announce that we have a number of additional workshops coming up which you can join from the comfort of your own home! As before, there is very limited space on each workshop so be sure to snap up your space quickly!

Book at https://www.arenatravel.com/craft-holidays/view-all/

 

 

Introduction to Making a Japanese Folded Patchwork Case
18th June 2021 | with Pat Archibald

In this workshop you will learn how to fold fabric Japanese style to make this attractive spec or rotary cutter case. This is a lovely relaxing hand stitching technique using your choice of fabrics. I’ll demonstrate the folding, stitching and assembly of the project and finish with a neat, beaded edging.

Introduction to Kantha Quilting and Shi-Sha Mirror Application
15th July 2021 with Pat Archibald

In this workshop you will learn Indian Kantha Quilting Techniques. This is a lovely relaxing hand stitching technique that you will work onto a pre-printed elephant panel that is included in the kit. I will demonstrate the stitching, show you how to apply shi-sha mirrors, introduce embellishment ideas and finish off by showing you how to make traditional Rajasthani tassels and add a neat machine stitched edging.

Introduction to making a Kimono Patchwork Panel
9th August 2021 with Pat Archibald

In this workshop you will learn how to make a delightful kimono panel that could be showcased in a cushion or could be the start of a quilt with each panel using different Japanese fabrics. This is a machine stitched project that I will demonstrate step by step so that you can work along with me. Once we have made the panel, I will give you suggestions as to how to how to finish the project.

Introduction to making a small Kantha Quilted Bag
8th September 2021 with Pat Archibald

In this workshop you will learn Indian Kantha Quilting Techniques. This is a lovely relaxing hand stitching technique that you will work onto your choice of fabrics using your choice of an elephant or bird motif or perhaps both. I will demonstrate the stitching, show you how to easily turn this stitched panel into a small drawstring bag that could hold jewellery or some sewing tools. The bag could be entirely made by hand or you could machine stitch to speed up the bag making element of the work.

FESTIVAL OF QUILTS
Yes, Festival of Quilts IS going ahead on 29 July – 1 August so don’t delay in making your bookings for entry to the show and workshops.
I will be there as usual at QIA Stand 13 demonstrating techniques and with a range of kits, patterns and my unique range of rulers so do drop by and say hello.
I will also be teaching every day in the Quick and Easy Workshop area so do make your bookings as class numbers are limited this year. Here is a wee peek at my workshop. During the workshop you will experiment with Indian block printing using carved wooden blocks to stamp traditional patterns onto fabrics. These decorated fabrics will then be used to create a small ceremonial elephant collage using raw edge applique. All the finishing touches and embellishments will be demonstrated to inspire you to go home and finish the wee project.
Look forward to seeing there.

 

STITCHTOPIA
SCOTTISH TEXTILE TOUR
with Pat Archibald
Sadly postponed until 2022 but watch this space for new dates 

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.

https://www.arenatravel.com/craft-holidays/textile-scotland

 

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French Chateau Quilting Retreat
13th – 20th August 2021
with Pat Archibald

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.
https://www.arenatravel.com/craft-holidays/french-chateau-quilting-retreat.

STITCHTOPIA
Alsace European Quilting Festival
15th – 20 September 2021

Join me in the heart of the beautiful Alsace and immerse yourself in textiles & patchwork at the charming Carrefour Européen du Patchwork – a quilt show with a difference!
Specially designed for quilters, this Stitchtopia quilting holiday is the ideal opportunity indulge in your favourite hobby and pick up some new crafty tips and tricks.  I will be on hand throughout the holiday and host inspirational workshops with a beautifully designed project to spark your creativity.
https://www.arenatravel.com/craft-holidays/alsace-european-patchwork-festival

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Carcassonne Quilting Retreat
20th – 27th October 2021
with Pat Archibald

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.
https://www.arenatravel.com/craft-holidays/carcassonne-quilt-retreat

STITCHTOPIA FESTIVAL
Stratford-upon-Avon
18th – 20th March 2022
3 days from £469pp

Join me for Stitchtopia’s biggest crafting event which is back for 2022! Spend a weekend with fellow crafters on this fantastic break, choosing your own workshops, and enjoying the fantastic facilities of our lovely hotel.
  • 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!
    You can book now by clicking on this link https://www.arenatravel.com/craft-holidays/stitchtopia-festival

 

STITCHTOPIA
Silk Road Journey through Uzbekistan
May 2022
with Pat Archibald

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.
https://www.arenatravel.com/craft-holidays/silk-road-journey-uzbekistan

 

 

 

 

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