We’re pleased to announce that our very popular two-day stitching residential is back, so if you missed out on our first Craft Sanctuary, don’t panic! Taking place between 2nd-4th August 2016, and focusing on cross stitch and embroidery, this two day residential will consist of a selection of creative workshops in the stunning Milton House surrounded by 22 acres of tranquil parkland – this is dedicated stitching time that you don’t want to miss!
The Workshops: Day One
Originally from New Zealand, Shelley Cox travelled widely before joining the Royal School of Needlework’s Apprenticeship. After graduation, she worked for several years in the RSN Studio where she project managed prestigious commissions such as the Wells Cathedral altar frontals. Shelley left the RSN in 2001 to pursue a freelance career taking on embroidery commissions and teaching throughout the UK and USA. She teaches a variety of RSN Day Classes including beadwork and also tutors the RSN Certificate and Diploma Course.
In this workshop you will create an eye-catching beaded flower using intricate techniques of bead embroidery. Learn how to master the French knot, Y formations, rosette stitch and couching and create a beautiful brooch that you can treasure forever.
After graduating from the University of Ulster with a degree in graphic design, Emma worked as a graphic designer for over 10 years before moving on to work as an artist creating 3 dimensional pieces from textiles and mixed media.
Needle felting is a traditional craft that is gaining in popularity. From cute creatures to jewellery to lampshades – this is a hugely diverse technique using cheap and readily available materials. In this interactive demonstration, you will have a go at shaping a ball of fibre and adding detail to create your own sweet little felted bird decoration. Armed with the essential skills, we’re pretty sure you will leave us well and truly hooked on this fun technique.
The Workshops: Day Two
Genevieve Brading is the creative force behind trendy needlework brand Floss & Mischief and a regular contributor to craft magazines. Having launched her company after arguing about taxidermy (long story!), she totally rocks the ‘fauxdermy’ trend and keeps putting a modern twist on needlework. Genevieve especially likes bite size projects, like the one you’ll stitch with her here, which guarantee quick success and make stitching extra enjoyable.
In this workshop you’ll fall in love with cross stitching onto even weave. And who could blame you – the honeycomb patterned fabric you’ll be using is adorable! With a guiding hand from Genevieve, you’ll also master how to frame your work in an embroidery hoop. This technique is super effective, and a cinch to achieve with the right know-how.
Why redwork? Well, it’s simple – the colour is chosen for you, the stitches are easy and the results are stunning! In this fun workshop, you’ll learn a variety of techniques to stitch Mandy’s favourite embroidery motifs inspired by her sewing room. You’ll also learn how to turn your work into a beautiful hanging heart to grace your home or give as a gift.Mandy Shaw describes herself as a ‘maker of all things lovely’ and she enjoys nothing more than sharing her skills and inspirations. She runs her business, Dandelion Designs, from her homemade home, where she has also written no fewer than six books! When she’s not at home stitching, Mandy is travelling around the UK teaching and sharing her passion for stitchery and sewing. She has appeared on Kirsty Allsop’s TV shows, has contributed to two of Kirstie’s books and has a regular slot on Create & Craft TV.
Surrounded by 22 acres of tranquil parkland, Milton Hill House is a graceful Georgian manor house, sympathetically extended and exquisitely renovated into stylish accommodation with traditional charm but all modern comforts.
With previous residents including William III, Peter the Great and Sir Mortimer Singer, of Singer sewing machine fame, you’ll feel like a VIP too in this luxurious setting, close to the City of Spires.
Indoors you can enjoy the gym, swimming pool, spa and sauna, while outdoors the sweeping drive, landscaped Italian gardens, croquet lawn and beautiful vistas provide an inspirational setting in which to unwind.
Each night you’ll dine in the award-winning restaurant, serving mouthwatering, freshly prepared dishes topped with great atmosphere. You may treat yourselves to drinks or tea in the cosy bar before retiring to your elegant en-suite room with TV and free WIFI.
To find out more, or guarantee your place on our relaxing stitching retreat, click here.