Join us at Craft Sanctuary | A two day stitching retreat

Craft Sanctuary


We are very excited to announce the launch of Craft Sanctuary, a luxury stitching retreat for needlework enthusiasts! Taking place between 18-20th April 2016, and focusing on cross stitch and embroidery, this two day residential will consist of a selection of creative workshops in the beautiful Cotswolds location of Hawkwood College – this is one stitching getaway you won’t want to miss!

The Workshops: Day One

Craft workshops with Ame Verso18th April – Workshop 1: Creative Embroidery Hoop Jewellery with Ame Verso

Learn how to create beautiful embroidery jewellery with Ame, the daughter of legendary cross stitch designer Jo Verso, who throughout the 1980s and 90s sold over three-quarters of a million cross stitch books. Ame learned to stitch at the age of 10, even stitching some of the pieces in her mother’s books, and every milestone of her life has been recorded in cross stitch. Ame is editor-in-chief of the SewandSo blog, and face of the YouTube channel SewandSoTV.

In this creative workshop you’ll be given access to gorgeous mini embroidery hoops in which to mount whatever stitching you like. These can then be turned into necklaces or brooches so you can wear your stitching in style. Materials will be supplied along with cross stitch and embroidery designs to inspire you – or you can go wild and freestyle!

Craft workshops with Ame Verso Craft workshops with Ame Verso

Cross Stitch Design WorkshopEvening presentation: 18th April – Cross Stitch Design on Your Home PC                         

In this relaxed after dinner demonstration, you’ll learn how you can use a computer and cross stitch design software to create your own cross stitch patterns at home. In an accessible and jargon-free manner, we’ll talk you through the main features and functions of SewandSo’s Cross Stitch Designer software, revealing the how endless the possibilities are when you start to make your own patterns. The demonstration will end with a question and answer session and a chance to try the software for yourself!

Cross Stitch Design Demo

The Workshops: Day Two

Craft workshops with Sophie Long19th April –  Workshop 2: Introduction to Ribbon Embroidery with Sophie Long                

Sophie Long graduated from the Royal School of Needlework in 2008, having mastered more than 30 hand embroidery techniques including silk shading and goldwork. Sophie’s passion and undeniable talent for embroidery is displayed through her original works and classes for the RSN and others. Sophie was even part of the team that worked on Kate Middleton’s wedding dress!

This workshop is a wonderful introduction to the art of ribbon embroidery showing how to add colours and textures to create a stunning piece of needlework. You will learn different techniques for creating ribbon flowers, which can be combined with cross stitch and other embroidery stitches to take your creativity to the next level!

Ribbon Making Craft workshop Ribbon Making Craft workshop

Contemporary cross stitch 19th April – Workshop 3: Stitch Baby Gifts Using Soluble Canvas with Hannah Sturrock                                                  

 Hannah Sturrock is the founder of contemporary cross stitch kit company Bobo Stitch and the author of Modern Cross Stitch. Hannah’s designs are characterized by simple outlines with striking patterns and clean, fresh colours. Taking inspiration from interior design, vintage textiles, nature and toys, Bobo Stitch is contemporary and stylish, with an emphasis on creating gorgeous things to give as baby gifts or to show off in your home.

In this fun workshop you’ll be given all the materials you need to cross stitch an adorable design on a baby vest. Hannah will show you how to interface the fabric to keep your stitching stable and how to use soluble canvas to cross stitch onto jersey fabric. You will come away not only with a lovely baby gift but also with the know-how to cross stitch on any fabric!

Hannah Sturrock cross stitch Hannah Sturrock contemporary cross stitch wokshop

Presentation with Mr X StitchEvening Presentation: 19 April – Workshop 4: Life on the Cutting (& Stitching) Edge with Mr X Stitch              

Jamie Chalmers aka Mr X Stitch is an internationally exhibited artist and the curator of PUSH Stitchery, featuring 30 contemporary embroidery artists from around the world. He has written articles for textile publications across the world, including FiberArtsmagazine, Surface Design Journal and is the regular columnist at CrossStitcher magazine. He believes in the benefits of stitching, both from a relaxation and a sustainability perspective and is honoured to introduce new artists that inspire and encourage new people to take to the needle and thread.

In his presentation Jamie shares the freshest contemporary embroidery and needlework from around the world. With over 100 pictures of terrific textile art in the space of an hour, combined with his unique style of presentation, this is an inspirational, enjoyable tour of the world of needlework, guaranteed to change the way you think about embroidery.

The Venue:

Craft Sanctuary - a stitching getawayThe two day retreat will take place at Hawkwood College, a Grade II listed historic country house set in 42 acres of stunning scenery overlooking the Severn Vale. The venue is surrounded by inspiring Cotswolds countryside, including an award-winning pond and mature ornamental grounds, which provides a relaxing, calming and peaceful environment available for use by all guests.  Wherever possible, the food is organic, locally sourced and home cooked every day.

Hawkwood College has a number of single and shared occupancy rooms, with various offers available, including discounted early bird prices. To guarantee your place, we just need a £50 deposit with the balance due by March 5th. 

To find out more, or guarantee your place on our luxury stitching retreat, click here.

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