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History of Redwork

The History of Redwork

The History of Redwork is an interesting one. It gets its name from the type of thread that is used. ‘Turkey Red’ is a special colourfast red floss that was developed in Turkey more than 200 years ago. Prior to this red was typically avoided because the colours either faded or ran making them an…

5 Reasons Why You Need To Learn Japanese Embroidery

Japanese embroidery is a collection of embroidery techniques that developed over 1600 years ago. According to historians, from the early Heian Period Japanese embroidery was primarily used for decorating the costumes of the Ladies of the Imperial Court. Techniques were often passed down through generations and some techniques, such as Sashiko, were more commonly used…

Maire Curtis talks Japanese Embroidery

We are getting really excited for our next Craft Sanctuary retreat at the end of October. Maire Curtis will be teaching traditional Sashiko, Kojin and Silk Embroidery skills in a truly accessible way. Maire Curtis has written a guest post for us about the Craft Sanctuary and what she will be teaching while there. Only…

lanterns Plastic Canvas

How to Cross Stitch on Plastic Canvas | Lucie Heaton

We are thrilled to have Lucie Heaton teaching at our Craft Sanctuary event again this October. Recently nominated for Cross Stitch Designer of the Year, Lucie loves to create designs that crafters will be compelled to stitch. In her workshop, guests will be able to stitch a pretty lantern onto plastic canvas. Here, Lucie Heaton…

Genevieve Brading Tells Us Why She Loves The Craft Sanctuary

We are so excited to have Genevieve from Floss & Mischief teaching out the Craft Sanctuary again. You all loved her before, so of course, we asked her to come back! Here, she tells us why she loved her time stitching with you all. I’d never been to a stitching retreat so didn’t quite know…

Stitch Tropicana: Stumpwork, Goldwork & Cross Stitch

Our next Craft sanctuary, Stitch Tropicana, has just launched. We have got some gorgeous projects for you to complete at this summer’s Craft Sanctuary, with two mega-talented tutors teaching you some exciting new techniques. What is it? A luxury weekend retreat for craft lovers from 25th-27th August 2017 Learn the techniques of Stumpwork, Goldwork and…

Helena Ben-Zenou – Guest Blog

Helena Ben-Zenou will be teaching our Craft Sanctuary guests the wonderful art of Needlepoint Tapestry this May. We wanted to find out all about her and how she started POM POM. Helena tells us more… Although I started out as an artist and academic, I have always had a love of all things design, textiles,…