Interchange and Notan Applique Stitch with Gillian Travis at Sweet Nothings Arts and Crafts 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

Gillian Travis - Interchange and Notan Applique Stitch Retreat

A new and very effective way of making bonded appliqué quilted items based on a taking a basic shape.
The design work is simple, the placing of the colours and patterns can be the key to making a successful piece of textile art, that can be a cushion, wall hanging or set of table mats.

It works best using Batik fabrics but other fabrics can be used.

The workshop consists of the equivalent of 3 full days of teaching, in a class with a maximum of 6 pupils, making sure that everyone gets plenty of one to one tuition. There will be 2 outings during the week at no extra cost to local places of interest.

Design Work
We will start by doing some drawings / design work. You could take your drawings from google (so remember your ipad etc if you have one) or carry out some observational drawings from an item that you bring in eg a mug, jug, piece of fruit (there is a mature orchard at Sweet Nothings), toy elephant – something that has a simple shape.
You could come prepared with a print out of a shape that is about 10cm size

Coloured paper – make sure it is contrasting colours
Glue stick eg Pritt stick or similar
Paper Scissors (small)
Pencil / pens etc
Sketch book
Tracing paper

Fabric Samples
Bondaweb – Transfer Adhesive You might also want some Heat n Bond for the details
Fabric scissors (small and large) Provided by Sweet Nothings
Batik fabric or similar weight cotton fabric. This type of fabric is good as it is closely woven, does not fray and is available in lovely bright colours.
Make sure you bring contrasting colours and ones that are not too patterned.
Backing fabric e.g. light weight white or cream cotton, non iron on interfacing also works well
505 spray. (A temporary adhesive spray)
Gillian will bring some gridded vilene

Iron, ironing board (supplied by Sweet Nothings)
Rotary Cutter, Board, Ruler (Supplied by Sweet Nothings)

A selection of neutral and rayon theads

Hand stitch needles
Hand stitching threads

Sewing machine capable of free machining and zig zag. You may also like to use a walking foot if you have one (supplied by Sweet Nothings)

For continuation ideas it is suggested that you might like to try out ideas using Kona Solids etc

We should be able to make a “Jumper” needle case one evening
Gillian will have some small kits for sale.

About the tutor, Gillian Travis, in her own words

At school I always wanted to study textiles. I was a bright, creative, active pupil who spent many hours drawing, designing and making clothes using my favourite Laura Ashley fabrics. I loved the outdoor life and was encouraged to study Landscape Design. It was a very creative course and I learnt how to design.

I joined the Embroiderer’s Guild and enrolled on a City and Guilds embroidery course, after which I began teaching and gained a PGCE. I taught for many years at Huddersfield Technical college until the funding for City and Guilds was withdrawn.

I then started running classes from my studio at home and realised that I needed to make quilts for exhibition and started entering my work in exhibitions and competitions. To my surprise, I won a few prizes and my work was accepted into juried exhibitions.
I receive invitations to exhibit my quilts all over the world and have exhibited and taught in France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Czech Republic, Canada and South Africa.
It’s an exciting life!

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?

Sweet Nothings will provide large equipment and that which cannot be brought in hand luggage. We have 7 sewing machines, cutting mats, rotary cutters, individual irons and boards and large works paces for you. These items are 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. In addition to this, Gillian will bring some kits with her for purchase.
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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Course Start Dates

Sunday 7th October 2018

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