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Collage, print and parfait dye textile art at Sweet Nothings Arts and Crafts Retreat in South West France

Duration: 6

Price: £875

Run by: Natalie Sweet
at Sweet Nothings Arts and Craft Retreat


Le Bourg
16480 Saint Vallier
NN12 8WP

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About the Course

Villages of the Charente and Trees of Plenty

6 day residential, Parfait dyed base fabric with collaging and printing.

We will be inspired by the colours of the Charente landscape, from the stunning mature orchard and surrounding countryside at Sweet Nothings to the wonderful houses and buildings in the area. We will visit beautiful surrounding villages or towns and photograph and / or sketch places of interest to be transformed into collage. The finished piece will involve creating small print blocks and looking at fabric painting and both free-motion and hand of embroidery to enhance the work. A real joy to put together and work on.

About the tutor, Jane Charles, in her own words.
I am a textile artist and tutor working on a variety of projects in and around Milton Keynes.

I have a degree in Fashion and Textiles from Leicester Polytechnic and have designed in a variety of areas including: a Design/manufacturing company in Leicester; making costumes for a Contemporary Dance company and for a Performing Arts Department of Leicester Polytechnic.

For the last 10 years I’ve been exploring the medium of Creative Textiles, and I’m addicted. I teach textiles part-time in adult education and often do large projects in primary schools in the area. I love sharing my skills, enthusiasm and inspiration with people of all ages. I do a lot of dyeing for my base fabrics, often create print blocks and then work in a number of ways with collage and then free-motion machine or hand embroidery. I am a member of the Contemporary Quilters Guild and Embroiderers Guild, have exhibited at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham. I do talks for embroidery groups and in the last 2 years have been heavily involved in promoting textiles in a gallery I run in Milton Keynes.

Having recently visited Natalie, Lawrence and Stan the dog at Sweet Nothings, I’m delighted to be offering workshops inspired by their wonderful farmhouse in the glorious setting of the Charente region of France.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All dyes and dying equipment is provided. We have 7 sewing machines, cutting mats, rotary cutters, individual irons and boards and large works paces for you. Everything is included at no extra cost to you. You will be provided with a short list of requirements upon booking, designed to be kept at a minimum, but allowing you the freedom to bring things with you that you wish to create with.
We provide all guests flying to Bordeaux or Bergerac airports free transfers to and from the airports. Wherever possible and if travelling by rail, we will also pick up from the train stations at Angouleme or Bordeaux.
All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and en suite bathrooms with toilet sink and showers. We also provide UK plug adapters for your convenience!
You will receive three meals a day plus afternoon tea and cakes, all made from local and organic produce wherever possible. Do let us know if you have any special dietary requirements before you arrive.
Should you feel peckish or thirsty at any other time during the day or night, there are drinks and a food cupboard packed with goodies for you to help yourself to.
During the week, and as part of your creative inspiration, we will take you on two outings of local interest - for example, a market; a local vinyard; then of course there is always the medieval splendourof Brantome, Aubeterre Sur Dronne or Saint Emillion to enjoy!
The price of 950 Euros is based on one person sharing a twin room.

Each workshop provides the equivalent of 3 full days' teaching plus two outings to places of interest during the week. There is a maximum of 6 pupils per class meaning that each student has plenty of one to one tuition and expert guidance.

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