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Contact Name: Alison White

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2 Betts Avenue
Martlesham Heath
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP5 3RH

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Autumn Quilting River Cruise
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Autumn Quilting River Cruise
Suffolk - Next course on 18th October 2019
£1898
Discover the delights of the Danube on one of the most scenic journeys through the heart of Europe. From the city of Passau on the Austrian border to the Hungarian capital of Budapest, we cruise in comfort and style aboard MS Serenity, passing through the beautiful scenery of the Wachau valley and dipping into the history and culture of amazing cities along the way. Included sightseeing excursions are the Benedictine Abbey in Melk and city tours in Vienna and Budapest. Your holiday also includes exclusive textile-related excursions in Vienna, Budapest...
British Isles Discovery Knitting & Crochet Cruise
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British Isles Discovery Knitting & Crochet Cruise
- Next course on 31st March 2020
£2049
A fantastic opportunity to experience some of the wonderful scenery, fascinating history and ancient cultures of the British Isles, including highlights of Ireland. On this fascinating springtime cruise discover picturesque harbours, historic castles and ancient sites on the optional excursions as well as included and exclusive yarn-related tours in Amsterdam, Invergordon, Orkney and Guernsey. Join our expert, Sophia Reed, for two full day and two half day workshops, plus plenty of time for social knitting and crochet. Your projects will draw on the traditions of the places you visit, so...
Knit & crochet in the West of Ireland
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Knit & crochet in the West of Ireland
- Next course on 19th April 2020
£1495
On this superb 6-day knitting & crochet holiday you'll enjoy workshops led by either Carol Meldrum or Sarah Hazell and discover the stunning scenery, spirit and traditional crafts of the west coast of Ireland. Included excursions give you a chance to explore the charming city of Galway and visit the Leenane Sheep and Wool Centre amidst the rugged Connemara landscape. Knitting has been a part of Irish life since the 1600's when knitting schools were established across the country. During the 18th century knitting became a source of income for...
Madeira Cross Stitch Retreat
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Madeira Cross Stitch Retreat
- Next course on 29th September 2019
£1599
Join Jane Greenoff for a cross stitch retreat on the picturesque island of Madeira. Spend the week at the 4-star Baia Azul with breakfast and dinner included each day. Enjoy 3 full day and 1 half-day workshops with Jane and then explore the island on two included excursions, one of which features a visit to the renown local embroidery museum and factory.
Madeira embroidery retreat
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Madeira embroidery retreat
- Next course on 13th March 2020
£1599
We'd like to invite you to join us for our first embroidery retreat on the beautiful island of Madeira. Spend an incredible week at the 4-star Hotel Baia Azul on a bed and breakfast basis with a welcome dinner in the hotel and farewell dinner in a traditional folklore restaurant. Expand your embroidery skills with 3 full day and 1 half day workshop with expert, Helen McCook, and enjoy the company of your fellow crafters as you explore the island and capital city of Funchal on two included excursions -...
Pour l’amour du Fil quilt show
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Pour l’amour du Fil quilt show
- Next course on 20th April 2020
£1745
Join Victoria on this wonderful Stitchtopia holiday to Nantes for a 6-night stay in the heart of this historical city. Pour l’Amour du Fil, or ‘for the love of threads’, is a fascinating international show for thread-based arts. Patchwork, quilting, sewing, embroidery, home décor and knitting are all represented at the show, attracting some of the world’s best-known experts and visitors from across the Globe. As well as a full day at the show, you can hone your own stitching skills in four half-day workshops hosted by Victoria and discover...
Prague patchwork meeting
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Prague patchwork meeting
Prague - Next course on 3rd April 2020
£1125
Join Pat Archibald for a fabulous long weekend of quilting, sightseeing and textile discovery! Now in its 14th year the Prague Patchwork Meeting is a truly international experience with exhibitors from across Europe as well as Canada, USA, Taiwan, Australia, South Korea and Japan. Boasting four halls of galleries and shops there's plenty to see and do for quilters of all levels of experience. But your Prague experience doesn't end there! During two half days of sightseeing our local guide will show us the highlights of this beautiful city including...
Sitges Patchwork Festival & Barcelona
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Sitges Patchwork Festival & Barcelona
- Next course on 13th March 2020
£1579
Join Janet Clare on this holiday centred around the Sitges International Patchwork Festival. Enjoy two days at the festival and then experience the history and architectural highlights of Girona and Barcelona; two of the most important cities in Catalonia. We have also arranged two included workshops with Janet during our stay in Girona, making this the perfect combination of sewing and sightseeing.
Textile Highlights of Vietnam with Karin Hellaby
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Textile Highlights of Vietnam with Karin Hellaby
Northern Vietnam - Next course on 5th November 2019
£3445
Join Karin Hellaby on this superb textile holiday to vibrant Vietnam. This special tour showcases the rich colours and cultural highlights of a truly fascinating country. Explore historic cities, walk and cycle through tranquil rural landscapes, discover villages high in the rugged mountains and stroll through local ethnic markets where traditional dress is still a part of everyday life. Vietnam's textile traditions are very much alive and you'll explore silk villages, learn about the ethnic Thai minorities' traditional weave, visit indigo farms, and see batik and the tritik technique found...
Textile Impressions of India
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Textile Impressions of India
Suffolk - Next course on 24th January 2020
£4995
This textile holiday will capture your imagination and introduce you to the colourful textiles and cultural wonders of India. We’ll enjoy the Republic Day parade in Delhi, travel on India’s fastest train to Agra and, the highlight of the tour for some, visit the Taj Mahal. In Jaipur we’ll take part in a block printing workshop and in Udaipur we’ll visit a foundation set up to teach women patchwork, applique and embroidery skills. In Ahmedabad we visit the Calico Museum, the premier textile museum of India and not forgetting, of...
Textile sensations of South Korea
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Textile sensations of South Korea
- Next course on 6th April 2020
£4599
South Korea has a long history of making and designing textiles. On this tour we’ll explore this history, through hands-on workshops with local experts and visits to national embroidery, textile and quilt art museums. We’ll also explore many other aspects of this fascinating country; royal palaces, traditional villages and Buddhist shrines combine in this itinerary with fantastic gardens and scenic coastlines to create a tour that will intrigue and amaze at every turn.
Textiles of Japan & the Festival of Quilts
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Textiles of Japan & the Festival of Quilts
Kanto - Next course on 13th January 2020
£5199
Join Pat Archibald on an extraordinary journey to the Land of the Rising Sun! A fascinating fusion of old and new, Japan’s soaring skyscrapers and high-tech innovation sit side by side with historical pagodas and traditional shrines. A country with deep-rooted cultural and religious beliefs, Japan also has a long history of textile excellence – making this tour the trip of a lifetime for quilters, patchwork and embroidery aficionados alike. As you visit Tokyo, Takayama, Kyoto and Fukuoka, you’ll explore cultural sights, meet local crafts people and take in the...
The Rocky Mountaineer & Calgary's Festival of Quilts
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The Rocky Mountaineer & Calgary's Festival of Quilts
- Next course on 16th May 2020
£4745
Indulge your stitching passions with two full days of workshops in Anne Dale’s ‘My Sewing Room’, and a truly memorable visit to Calgary’s wonderful Festival of Quilts.
The spirit of Shetland knitting holiday
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The spirit of Shetland knitting holiday
Shetlands - Next course on 3rd June 2020
£1595
Discover the breathtaking Shetland Islands, whose past is interwoven with a rich history of wool, textiles and inimitable Fair Isle technique. On this 6-day holiday draw knitting inspiration from the coastlines and powerful landscapes, whose diverse colour pallet provides the perfect backdrop to your creative pastime. Learn how the world-famous Shetland wool is farmed, woven into yarn and then transformed by the locals into beautiful hand-crafted items. In the company of like-minded knitters, who share your passion for knitting, enjoy four half-day workshops. Under the professional guidance of the 'World's...