Escape to the Croft Stitching Retreats, Events, Holidays and Zoom Workshops



With Pat Archibald


Join me for a week of creativity in North Uist on the Outer Hebrides in my new studio home. Not only am I thrilled to be leading courses which will be based in my house, but I will also be giving you a lovely Hebridean experience. Your week with me will include lots of stitching inspired by your island surroundings, you will meet and work with other artisans in the area, enjoy Western Isles hospitality and you might even be able to try your hand at shearing some of my sheep! Every day at the croft you will enjoy coffee/tea/home baking and a soup and sandwich lunch. I can take groups of six.  Dates can be flexible for folk coming as a group depending on the dates of your accommodation (I can’t offer accommodation at my croft house).

You can plan ahead and book for 2024 and 2025!
See below.




22-26 April – Full
29 April – 2 May – Full
3 – 7 June – Full 
8 – 12 July – Full
26 – 30 August – One place available due to a cancellation
9 – 13 September – Full
Click below for a provisional outline of the course with me for 2024. Be inspired and then contact me for a Booking Form!
Outline of Escape to the Croft Stitching Retreat 2024 website


28 April – 2 May
2 – 6 June
16 – 20 June
7 – 11 July
25 – 29 August
8 – 12 September
Click below for a provisional outline of the course with me for 2025. Be inspired and then contact me for a Booking Form!
Outline of Escape to the Croft Stitching Retreat 2025 website

Please note that if you are returning for another ‘Escape Retreat’ with me then I will offer different projects and some other visits for you.

Do contact me if you have any questions at all. With regards to accommodation then check out all your options on 2023 students have recommended Langass Lodge, a lovely hotel across the loch from me about 5 minutes drive, North Light Studio in Locheport (self-catering) about 3 minutes from me, The Old Manse and Flora’s Sheiling in Caranish (both self-catering) about 10 minutes from me.
Looking forward to welcoming you to the islands.




25 September – 8 October 2024

Come and explore the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali on this textile holiday with me. On this tour, we will discover Indonesia’s fascinating textile history as we learn about Batik, an Indonesian technique of wax-resist dyeing that originated from the island of Java, as well as Bali’s technique to create ikat fabrics. The textiles of Indonesia will come to life as we participate in local workshops, meet local artisans and visit interesting museums and galleries. You will also have the opportunity to admire exceptional architecture, with visits to temples and palaces, enjoy sewing workshops with me and relax on the beautiful beaches of Bali.

Pat’s Workshop Information: Taking inspiration from the Moon Orchid, one of Indonesia’s national flowers we will set an orchid appliqué against a trellis design of hand quilting. We will use a range of batik fabrics for this pretty piece. This will become a lasting reminder of the batik processes, fabrics and traditional sarongs that we will see on our travels. 

For more information and booking click on the link here

27 OCT – 4 NOV 2024

2024 will be the 50th Anniversary of Houston International Quilt Festival, the largest annual quilt show in the United States. Spend two full days at the show admiring the 1,600 quilts on display, shopping the 1,000 stalls or taking part in over 500 classes.

New Orleans is a one-of-a-kind destination, famous for its Creole and Cajun cuisine, jazz music and historic architecture. Step back into the glamour of the riverboat era with a jazz dinner cruise aboard a Paddle-wheeler and learn the history of The French Quarter, the oldest neighbourhood in the city with our local guide.

Join me for an amazing few days at the biggest Quilt Festival in the USA and for a full day of stitching a project related to our travels and even more in New Orleans.

For more information and booking click on the link here

30 NOV – 8 DEC 2024

Join me for an exciting voyage along Norway’s stunning coastline with a chance to experience the magic of one of nature’s most amazing phenomenon – the dazzling Northern Lights. There is plenty of time for workshops with me as the MS Polarlys cruises along a coastline considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Norway’s remarkable landscapes take on a special beauty at this time of year. Relax and take in the snow-cloaked scenery and wintry lifestyle of Norway’s remotest coastal communities or take the time to explore – the choice is yours.

For more information and booking click on the link here

Zen Stitching from East to West across Southern India.
4 – 17 January 2025

Join us to explore the hidden textiles of Southern India. Starting in Chennai in the east, a few of our textile highlights there will include meeting with fellow quilters to exchange ideas, exploring Kalamkari painting on fabric, and finding out about hand woven silk saris. Moving to Kerala in the west we will enjoy the luxury of a houseboat whilst navigating the lagoons and then onto the peace, calm and comfort of a lakeside retreat. There, we can enjoy mindful stitching in a creative environment interspersed with optional textile related visits and bird watching. A relaxed pace will be the keynote of this tour with a balance between visits to local experts and time to learn from our in-house textile expert Pat Archibald.

For more information and booking click on the link here





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