Events, Holidays and Zoom Workshops

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

STITCHTOPIA VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS FROM MY STUDIO DIRECTLY TO YOUR LIVING ROOM

ORIGAMI BAGS
with Pat Archibald

2 1/2 hour workshop, 17 January 2022

Learn how to make an origami style bag with the lovely Pat Archibald. Once you have mastered a simple version, Pat will show you how to adapt the pattern to make more complex looking bags.

Virtual Crafting – Origami Bags | Arena Travel

 

 

LITTLE ELEPHANT KEY FOB
OR POSTCARD
with Pat Archibald

2 1/2 hour workshop, 9 February 2021

In this online workshop, you will learn a variety of mixed media and stitching techniques. Pat Archibald will demonstrate all the techniques that will build up layers of subtle glitz and texture as you work along with her.

Virtual Crafting – Little Elephant Key Fob or Postcard | Arena Travel

CHERRY BLOSSOM ROTARY CUTTER OR SPEC CASE
with Pat Archibald

2 1/2 hour workshop, 11 March 2022

Work with oil paint sticks with freezer paper stencils to create soft images of cherry blossoms, in this virtual workshop with Pat Archibald. You will also be using the paint stick to create a painted border to your spec case. Once we have finished painting, Pat will demonstrate how to assemble all the component pieces of the kit by hand and then finish with a pretty, beaded edging. 

Virtual Crafting – Cherry Blossom Rotary Cutter or Spec Case | Arena Travel

PLEASE LOOK BACK FOR MORE ONLINE WORKSHOPS IN THE FUTURE

 

 

 

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

SCOTTISH TEXTILE TOUR
with Pat Archibald
12 – 21 April 2022

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

 

STITCHTOPIA
Silk Road Journey through Uzbekistan
6 – 20 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

STITCHTOPIA
Textiles of Morocco
1-15 September 2022

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

 

STITCHTOPIA
French Chateau Quilting Retreat with Pat Archibald
NEW DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED FOR 2022

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
Carcassonne Quilting Retreat with Pat Archibald
NEW DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED FOR 2022

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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