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Creative holidays: Europe & beyond courses

Find craft and activity holidays across Europe and the wider world. Travelling abroad on a creative retreat is a wonderful way to develop your skills, whilst discovering new places, traditions and cultures... sometimes with added sunshine too!

£5199
Kanto - Next course on 13th January 2020
Join Pat Archibald on an extraordinary journey to the Land of the Rising Sun! A fascinating fusion of old and new, Japan’s soaring skyscrapers and high-tech innovation sit side by side with historical pagodas and traditional shrines. A country with deep-rooted cultural and religious beliefs, Japan also has a long history of textile excellence – making this tour the trip of a lifetime for quilters, patchwork and embroidery aficionados alike. As you visit Tokyo, Takayama,...
£3999
Cape Town - Next course on 11th August 2019
Join us on this 14 night textile adventure to South Africa and the 20th South African National Quilt Festival. Flights included. This tour takes you to some of the country’s most iconic sites and experiences; Table Mountain and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in Cape Town, Robben Island, wine tasting in the Cape Winelands, the Garden Route and an elephant safari. Our expert, Mandy Shaw, will be on hand throughout the tour, hosting 1 full day...
£165
North Yorkshire - Next course on 14th September 2019
This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with felting experience. It is limited to 6 places so everyone gets individual attention and the coaching they need to make their picture. You will be working from an inspirational image that you have brought with you, I will walk you through all the processes you need to know to create your Felt Picture. Day 1 Is all about building your picture, using a combination of pre...
£4995
Suffolk - Next course on 24th January 2020
This textile holiday will capture your imagination and introduce you to the colourful textiles and cultural wonders of India. We’ll enjoy the Republic Day parade in Delhi, travel on India’s fastest train to Agra and, the highlight of the tour for some, visit the Taj Mahal. In Jaipur we’ll take part in a block printing workshop and in Udaipur we’ll visit a foundation set up to teach women patchwork, applique and embroidery skills. In Ahmedabad...
£1595
Shetlands - Next course on 3rd June 2020
Discover the breathtaking Shetland Islands, whose past is interwoven with a rich history of wool, textiles and inimitable Fair Isle technique. On this 6-day holiday draw knitting inspiration from the coastlines and powerful landscapes, whose diverse colour pallet provides the perfect backdrop to your creative pastime. Learn how the world-famous Shetland wool is farmed, woven into yarn and then transformed by the locals into beautiful hand-crafted items. In the company of like-minded knitters, who share...
£50
Derbyshire
Special introductory offer from £50 for one day workshop in acrylics, mixed media and soft pastels. Subjects include: landscapes, still life, abstract, portraits, etc. Wednesday workshops are held at my home studio in Whatstandwell from 10.00am until 4.30pm (lunch & refreshments included). I also hold specialist workshops including, the decorative art of gilding, introduction to landscape painting in soft pastels, antique decoupage, introduction to painting murals professionally and more! The workshops are suitable for any...
£335
East Sussex - Next course on 24th February 2020
Learn the art of labyrinth design and construction. Construct a collection of 'new' and 'old' labyrinths including the classical seven circuit 'Cretan' and Chartres Labyrinth using compasses and straight-edge. Develop an understanding and appreciation of labyrinth forms - ancient and modern - from around the world: how, why, and for whom are they made? What is their significance and symbolism and why the contemporary resurgence of interest in labyrinths? Develop your own labyrinth designs in...
£950
Kent - Next course on 8th September 2019
​Painting and sailing - a beautiful art holiday in Greece - for Beginners and All Levels in all mediums From £950 painters from £599 non painters Please note. This course is suitable for people of any age & ability, single people, couples, small groups and families. NOT suitable for hen or stag parties After fantastic painting art holidays in Greece in September 2017 and 2018 we will be holding another in June and September 2019....
£185
Worcestershire
Beginners 6 week course in soft furnishings which will cover all the basic skills required to start making your own cushions, curtains and Roman blinds at home. Attendees have fun, enjoy the learning as well as the social aspect of meeting each week, and are amazed at what they can achieve in just 6 short weeks. I offer two options: 1) Daytime: runs 11am til 2pm 2) Evening: runs 6.30pm - 9.30pm Dates For 2019:...
£1100
Savoie - Next course on 27th April 2020
Debra runs fabulous sell out felting holidays in both the French Alps and the Scottish Hebrides where people return again and again. The retreats accommodate between 6-8 people. This is a wonderful retreat in the stunning French Alps with Mont Blanc views from your window. You will stay in a fabulous 5 star chalet, high in the mountains equipped with saunas and hot tub. It is in May so the fields are stunningly beautiful full...

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