Stitch into Spring with the Craft Sanctuary

CSlogoSewandSo is excited to announce the launch of our next Craft Sanctuary event, Stitch into Spring.

Contrasting the delicate technique of Blackwork with striking colourful bead embellishment, RSN trained Kate Barlow will guide you through stitching a charming spring scene designed especially for the Craft Sanctuary.The skills of Cross Stitch translate

The skills of Cross Stitch translate effortlessly to Needlepoint Tapestry; a craft dating back to Ancient Egyptian times. While stitching an elegant mini pillow, you will learn vital techniques with founder of POMPOM Design, Helena Ben-Zenou.

Hannah Sturrock of Bobo Stitch has devised a lovely jute bag cross stitch project for you to work on using spring-themed motifs and DMC threads.

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Kate Barlow

Kate Barlow: Spring Scene Blackwork with Beading

Having caught the “making bug” early on from her grandmother, Kate became a freelance costume maker before joining the Welsh National Operas Touring Wardrobe Department. In 2013, she began her training at the Royal School of Needlework and went on to have her work accepted for the  Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. Graduating with distinction, she now designs kits, stitches for the RSN in their studio and teaches embroidery. You will use 4 counted Blackwork patterns plus stem stitch, double running stitch, back stitch and beading – the RSN way. Worked onto 28 count linen, this delightful Spring Cherry Blossom Scene will be a piece to be proud of.

Helena Ben-Zenou

Helena Ben-Zenou: Mini Pillow Needlepoint Tapestry

Helena is an award winning artist and academic with a longstanding love for needlepoint. In 2011, she launched POMPOM Design; a company where interior design and handcraft coalesce, taking the form of stunning contemporary needlepoint kits. Helena has crafted live in the window of London’s Liberty store, featured in Etsy’s UK TV ad and was one of just 12 UK makers showcased at the Etsy Christmas Showroom 2014. Under Helena’s tuition, you will select a geometric design and a spring-themed colourway to transfer onto canvas. Learning various needlepoint techniques such as the versatile Basketweave Stitch and luxurious Victorian Cross Stitch, you will work toward creating your own bespoke sweetie pillow.

Hannah SturrockHannah Sturrock: Cross Stitch Spring Jute Bag

Hannah Sturrock is the founder of cross stitch kit company Bobo Stitch and the author of Modern Cross Stitch. Hannah’s designs are characterised by simple outlines with striking patterns and fresh colours. Taking inspiration from interiors, vintage textiles, nature and toys, Bobo Stitch is contemporary and stylish, with an emphasis on creating gorgeous things to give as gifts or to show off in your home. Choosing from a selection of pretty designs, you will stitch DMC threads directly onto jute to create a unique little bag, perfect for a gift or to keep for yourself!

Milton Hill House

This May the Craft sanctuary will be returning to Milton Hill House in Oxfordshire. This house was once owned by the Singer family. 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 modern comforts.

Each night you’ll dine in the award-winning restaurant, serving mouthwatering, freshly prepared dishes topped with great atmosphere. You can then treat yourselves to drinks or tea in the cosy bar or retire to your elegant en-suite room with a TV and free WIFI

All kits, food and accommodation are included in the ticket price, so take this opportunity to escape to luxury, meet like-minded people and most importantly, stitch!

Book before the 24th March and get £50 off. You only need a deposit of £75 now to secure your space. 

CS Early Bird Discount

We look forward to seeing our Craft Sanctuary regulars as well as new faces in May for this luxury stitching retreat.


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About Nadine

Nadine dabbles in a wide range crafts. If it's pretty and she wants to make it, she'll learn the technique to do so. She is also never without a cup of tea in her hands.