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Free motion quilting and fabric doodles at Sweet Nothings Arts and Craft Retreat in South West France

Duration: 6 Days

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

A week in the beautiful French countryside doodling on fabric and then painting it, what could be more fun? If you enjoy doodling on paper and like machine quilting you are going to love this course. We are going to stitch and paint two small pieces, one with Inktense and one with metallic fabric paint. These can then be kept as reference samples and made into a phone, glasses or needle case, a small book cover or whatever you like. Whatever you create, you should be able to take it back with you in hand luggage.
You will receive the equivalent of 3 full days tuition, with a maximum of 6 people per workshop meaning that you will benefit from plenty of one to one guidance.

About The Tutor, Carole Wood.
Carole has been teaching patchwork, applique and quilting for around 20 years after completing her City and Guilds course parts 1 and 2 (now the diploma course) at Mackworth College in Derby. It began as just a hobby but when asked if she would teach at Moulton College in Northamptonshire she decided to take a 2-year City and Guilds teaching certificate, so the hobby then became a second career.
Carole has since taught a wide range of courses including the City and Guilds courses at Moulton before moving on to teach at various other colleges, private patchwork centres around the country, quilt groups and WI groups including Denman College and The Bramble Patch. Carole occasionally enters her fantastic work into competitions and has won or been placed in the odd one or two but finds herself most comfortable working with students where she has met many wonderful people, many of whom are now her friends.

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What's included in the price?

Fabric paints are provided, although if you have some, it would be useful to bring them along. We have 7 sewing machines, cutting mats, rotary cutters, individual irons and boards and large work spaces for you. All equipment 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.
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!

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