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
Learn Indian Kantha Quilting Techniques with this lovely relaxing hand stitching technique that you will work onto your choice of fabrics using 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.
In this workshop you will learn how to make a dramatic Bargello style quilt using only one fabric. By careful cutting and measuring, you can achieve a top ready to quilt by the end of the workshop and I will show you how to further embellish your piece and some other variations at the end of the day.
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.
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 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.
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.
- 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
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.