Add a Little Sparkle with our latest Craft Sanctuary

cslogoWe are very happy to announce the launch of our next Craft Sanctuary retreat! Taking place in February we are adding a little sparkle to this stitch residential.

This year we are excited to be heading up North to the beautiful county of Cheshire. Nestled in the heart of the Dane Valley lies Cranage Hall, a stunning Elizabethan manor originally built in 1829. This will be the setting for our latest two-day stitch residential in February, where you will be stitching shiny things, guided by expert tutors.


For this residential, we will be focusing on things that sparkle. And we really do we have some exciting things planned for you!

goldwork-irish-lace-projectYou will be taught Goldwork and the rare technique of Irish Lace Embroidery, which was traditionally only used for garments worn by royalty, by Maire Curtis.

Inherited from three generations of exacting maternal forebears, Maire learned the rare skills of Irish lace embroidery at a young age. Over the years, her mastery has been honed by some of the world’s most prestigious embroidery schools such as Hand & Lock and the Royal School of Needlework, leading to a successful business in creating bespoke wedding gowns and teaching the craft to eager students.

She will guide you through the process of creating this gorgeous intricate Goldwork Tara Dragonfly.

cross-stitch-butterflyOn day two, Lucie Heaton has created a bespoke shimmering butterfly design just for you to cross stitch onto 32-count gold- flecked linen or Aida, using a variety of glimmering DMC threads.

Recently nominated for Cross Stitch Designer of the Year in the British Craft Awards, Lucie Heaton’s designs have been published in magazines and books all over the world. Working closely with DMC, Lucie loves to design projects that crafters will be compelled to stitch – whether for themselves or for loved ones.

You’ll stitch your butterfly with DMC stranded cotton, silk and sparkly Light Effects threads before being framed beautifully in a hoop.

We have listened to your feedback from previous Craft Sanctuaries and this time you can arrive the night before, to give you more time to travel. You will enjoy a two-course dinner and will have time to explore the ground and relax before the workshops start on Saturday morning.

All your food, accommodation and workshop materials are included in the price so all you have to do is turn up wit your favourite pair of embroidery scissors and enjoy the experience. Head over to Cranage Hall’s website to see just how stunning it is. It really is breath-taking.


Snap up your place now, or buy for that special someone for Christmas! Have a look at the brochure for more details of how to book and the workshops you’ll be participating in.

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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.