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Hawaiian Quilts 6 day workshop in South West France at Sweet Nothings Arts and Craft Retreat

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

In this workshop, Carole Wood will teach the distinctive quilting style of the Hawaiian Islands which uses large radially symmetric applique patterns. These are mostly botanical and are cut from one piece of fabric which is then needle turned and appliquéd to the background fabric. An explanation of the traditional designs and quilting techniques will be given as fascinating background information.

Carole’s quilt draws on the beauty of Hawaiian quilt design and translates it to a workshop friendly format. Traditionally the blocks are very large and take a very long time to make, instead Carole has drawn out smaller blocks based on traditional designs. As they are smaller they can be challenging to needle turn. Some of the points are quite narrow and sharp so these will improve your sewing machine skills and machine applique raw edge techniques. With careful stitching, the designs highlight precision and beauty. To further enhance the attractiveness, blocks are then pieced together from half square triangles using a fast piecing technique and alternated with the Hawaiian blocks. Finally, the blocks are put together on point and Carole will explain the quilting and the traditional Hawaiian designs incorporated into the quilting.

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?

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, Bergerac or Limoges 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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