2020 Courses in France
We have arranged the tutors for 2020 and the course outlines are below. Full course details will be available on separate pages as the tutors supply them, 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 reserve your place.
Free Motion Felt
with Jackie Cardy
May 14th - May 21st 2020 - FULL
Jackie makes beautiful felt on which she then adds other layers of felt, silk and velvet. Next she free motion stitches with the machine and hand embroiders to finish embellishing the piece. Her inspiration comes from nature, both vast and minute. During the week we create wall hangings and art pieces using wet felting as the base and free motion stitching on top, finally enhancing the pieces using hand embroidery. Wet felting can be hard work but this course is more gentle!
Illuminated Book Covers with Alex Martin
May 28th - June 4th 2020 - FULL
An illumination is an embellishment or additional decoration that enhances the pages of a written, or manuscript page. The term “Illumination” comes from the term “Illuminate”, or to fill with light. During this course we will interpret this subject by layering and manipulating various fabrics and non-textile materials. You will be exploring the built-in stitches of your sewing machine as well as free machine embroidery to integrate all the layers. During this week we will be working with transfoils, soluables, painted bondaweb, Angelina fibres, Kunin felt and the heatgun. With these ingredients you will finally produce a very lavish, luxurious and unique book cover.
June 11th - June 18th 2020 - FULL
During this course will be creating an embroidered piece using the images from Sue’s book Folk-tails. Choose to include your favorite animals, birds, trees and flowers. You will begin by preparing and layering a textured background then add the appliqué incorporating hand-dyed fabrics, threads and beads. You can either plan to do the whole quilt and start it this week or make a smaller version for a cushion, small wall hanging or bag.
Shibori Masterclass with Debbie Maddy
June 25th - July 2nd 2020 - FULL
Debbie has designed various shibori fabric collections for Moda as well as numerous quilt patterns for utilising shibori fabrics. During this week you will learn all about shibori and make a small quilt with your own dyed materials. Debbie is currently in Japan but we will have more details when she returns!
Patchwood Samplers with Ali Ferguson
July 9th - July 16th 2020 - 3 Places left
A week of hand stitching with a difference creating a beautiful, personal
“sampler” from twenty-one “patches” of repurposed wood. Each “patch” is embellished with vintage sewing box treasures or other collectables all hand stitched into place. Your patches are then stitched together to create your unique and very personal wall hanging.
Before beginning to stitch, tiny holes must be drilled into the wood. You’ll soon feel as confident using the drill as you do your needle and thread!
(Hi)Stories Uncovered with
July 23rd - July 30th 2020 - FULL
Using old & discarded materials, you will spend a gorgeous week immersed in (Hi)Stories as you create a collection of hand-stitched samplers inspired by some favourite pieces of handwriting. These could be old letters, postcards or even recipes printed onto fabrics using an inkjet printer. Ali will share her relaxed and organic process and will inspire you with different ways of building a truly personal collection of textile pieces. We’ll start working small but, if you wish, you can go on to work on something bigger inspired by our flea-market finds.
Fabric to Dye For! with Philippa Adams Gillian Travis
Aug 27th - Sept 3rd 2020 - FULL
If you are like us and want your quilts to be all of your own making then Fabric to Dye For! is the course for you. During this week’s course we are going to learn about dyeing fabric for art quilts using quick and easy methods you can easily do once back at home. We will explore different effects produced by pleating, scrunching, folding, stitching and the even sun! We will colour blend from one colour to another, dye values, tints and tones of the same colour and produce fabric for a colour wheel. We will also dye floss, yarn and vintage lace to match your fabrics. Finally we will design and make an art quilt using your fabrics made during the week.
Appliqué Pictures with Rachel Sumner
Sept 10th - Sept 17th 2020 - FULL
Out and about in the beautiful landscape around Crafty Retreats, capture an encounter with our animal friends in stitch. It may be a troupe of free range chickens out foraging, the local woodpecker, or a herd of Limousin cows that inspires you. Back in the studio we will develop your ideas with particular emphasis on bringing life, movement and colour to your subject. Techniques covered will include appliqué, piecing and collaging fabrics, machine and hand embroidery, incorporating found objects and the use of dissolvable fabric.
with Gillian Travis
Sept 24th - Oct 1st 2020 - FULL
During this course you will use your holiday photos to create small Journal Quilts or a holiday memory book. No drawing skills are needed as you will trace from your photos! You will learn design skills, IT skills, about the use of paint and mixed media e.g. Inktense crayons, felt tips, machine stitching, finishing, binding and book making.
Jumbo Appliqué Animals with Philippa Adams
Oct 8th - Oct 15th 2020 - FULL
Using the technique of jumbo appliqué we will design and make unique modern pet portrait quilts during this week. Bring along a favourite full-frontal head shots of your pets or favourite animals and learn how to design and draw up patterns for your quilts. We will be making use of technology on this course (tablets and computers) but if you wish to work by hand I have a method for that also. You will complete two quilts during this course and be well on the way to your third, so we will look at designing in a series.