About the Course
Explore, Respond, Create
Inspiration is all around us so when visiting a beautiful new environment it is always exciting to respond to it and use it as inspiration for designing and developing new work. Who knows where it will lead? This type of creativity is always an exciting proposition.
During the week you will be able to experiment with different techniques to produce your own unique textiles based on your response to the area. There will be many opportunities for eco dyeing including using various resist techniques, eco printing, mark making with thickened dyes and of course, stitch. We even have a lovely old dyeing room complete with open fireplace and sink where green alchemy takes place!
You will receive the equivalent of three and a half full days tutoring, with a maximum of 6 pupils in a class. Sweet Nothings Arts and Craft Retreat is an old farmhouse set in two acres surrounded by wooded valleys, vineyards, orchards and plenty of French charm. The retreat is fully inclusive; you will be looked after with every need catered for by husband and wife team Nat and Lawrence. Fabulous food (local and homegrown wholesome produce where at all possible ), comfortable accommodation, a plunge pool, outings, airport transfers and great company – what’s not to love? The skills learnt during the week are easily transferable for when you get home, and what you make during your stay is designed to be easily transported in hand luggage. What’s more, machines and larger equipment is all provided for your convenience.
About the Tutor, Edwina Mackinnon.
Edwina loves anything and everything to do with textiles but especially stitch, by hand and machine, dyeing fabrics with indigo and Procion dyes and printing with whatever she fancies! She loves the results when exploring eco printing.
She has taught textile related subjects for almost 30 years, including City & Guilds courses. She now teaches her own courses and one off workshops wherever she is asked to go.
She enjoys being out and about, taking photographs and collecting new ideas. At home she loves to cook and is always trying out new recipes! She also enjoy pottering about in her garden and relaxing with a good book and says there’s always a knitting project to work on!
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. 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 work spaces 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.
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 splendour of Brantome, Aubeterre Sur Dronne or Saint Emilion to enjoy!
The price of 700 Euros (£650) is based on one person sharing a twin room. For a single occupancy room, the cost is 850 Euros.
Relaxing at Sweet Nothings is easy, we have a well stocked library of art books and novels for you to enjoy, or perhaps sit in the shade of our orchard, even kick back and enjoy a glass of wine next to the pool overlooking the valley as the sun sets! We look forward to seeing you soon!
A fabulous relaxing week. Natalie and Lawrence are the perfect hosts-nothing is too much trouble for them.
Excellent food, comfortable beds, rooms en suite, lovely bathrooms . House and gardens full of rustic charm.
Lyn Jones - - #15782
Response from Sweet Nothings Arts and Craft Retreat:Thank you for your kind words, we are thrilled that you had a good experience at the retreat and look forward to seeing you next year!
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