2019 Courses in Cornwall


We now offer some retreats in Cornwall during the Winter/Spring months. This new entity is called Proper Crafty and will follow the same format as Crafty Retreats. Why not come along and join us to beat the Winter blues away on an incredibly enjoyable, fully inclusive craft course on the banks of the River Tamar? There will only be up to 10 like-minded participants during each week - so there is time for plenty of individual tuition.


We offer excellent studio facilities including sewing machines, experienced tutors, individual bedrooms with your own bathroom, free airport or train transfers, an outing day related to your course and delicious West Country cuisine. Non-participating partners will have free fishing included in their stay, breakfast included and can join the group to eat in the evening on request. The converted barns you will staying in all come with a lounge, full kitchen and are absolutely beautiful.


We have arranged the tutors for 2019 and the course outlines are below. Full course details will not be available for a while yet, but if you know you want to come on a course please contact us via the form at the bottom of the page, stating the name of the tutor, to organise reserving your place. Visit www.propercrafty.com for more information.

Anne Brooke - FULL
From Doodle to Stitch Collage!

February 17th to 24th 2019

Anne’s work is inspired by taking that first step on a walk and discovering nature’s treasures. During the week we will visit the Cornish Coast and Bodmin Moor as inspiration for your stitched collages. We will explore drawing and recording to inform your work back in the studio. Under Anne’s guidance you will begin to translate your recordings into collage and then return to drawing using a sewing machine and needle. Some of the skills gained will include observational drawing, paper collage, creating your own stamps, printing on to fabric, dyeing your own threads, free machine embroidery and hand embroidery techniques to create your own stitched collage that will be a record of your journey on this residential.


Deborah O'Hare - FULL
Fabric! Paint! Stitch! Quilt!

March 1st to 8th 2019

During this week’s course we are going to learn all about painting fabric for backgrounds through to making art quilts. Deborah will demonstrate and teach lots of different ways to help you become a more confident and creative textile artist.


Full course information can be found here.

Philippa Adams
Modern Pet Portraits

March 12th to 19th 2019

Using the technique of JUMBO applique we will design and make unique modern pet portrait quilts during this week. Bring along a favourite full-frontal head shot of your animal (goldfish included) and learn how to design and draw up a pattern for your quilt. We will be making use of technology on this course (tablets and laptops) but if you wish to work by hand that is fine also.

Janet Browne
Stitched Journeys

March 22nd to 29th 2019

Janet Browne is a textile artist who has been making wall mounted maps, plans and related work for more than ten years. Her work has references to folk art and has a graphic style with a story telling element.On this course you will learn how to go from photograph to making a finished quilt. Some of the skills gained on this residential will be observational techniques, photography tips, drawing, printing, tracing, painting fabric, appliqué, free machine stitching and quilt finishing.



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Pendinnis House

Pendinnis Gardens


Cornwall PL15 8GZ

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