Genevieve Brading Tells Us Why She Loves The Craft Sanctuary

Floss & Mischief - Genevieve Brading stitchingWe 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 what to expect, but last year’s summer Craft Sanctuary sounded pretty glorious! Several days of hands-on stitching, learning needlework techniques, chatting to like-minded makers, and all within the grounds of a spa hotel in the countryside – *swoon*.

Just before teaching my cross-stitch workshop, I snuck out to grab a coffee and happened upon a gaggle of retreaters, chatting and finishing off their embroidery projects by the coffee machine. I was really impressed by how friendly and engaged everyone was – even in-between workshops – eager to show off their handiwork and welcome me into the group.

I met the rest of the group during the workshop – around 30 stitchers, seated across four tables. That day, we cross-stitched a cute bee motif onto a beautiful patterned evenweave. Everyone there had a different level of experience: for some stitchers this was their first time cross-stitching, others had never tried stitching on evenweave before, some wanted a guiding hand to improve their technique, and others simply relaxed into the stitching.

Over those several hours, we compared our stitch preferences, troubleshooted stitching dilemmas and mastered evenweave fabric. The room buzzed with conversation.

Last year’s retreat didn’t disappoint, so I’m thrilled to be returning to Milton Hill House in Oxfordshire for Stitch Tropicana on 25-27 August. I loved this season’s tropical theme, and have designed a parakeet cross-stitch pattern especially. This exclusive cross-stitch project is designed for all abilities – you’ll even get to choose whether to stitch it up on Aida or evenweave fabric! And this time, I’ve included a different technique to liven up your cross-stitch: blending colours in the needle.

That’s a lot to look forward to, and yet, what I’m most looking forward to again, is the camaraderie. See you there, stitchers!

Residential tickets have sold out but Workshop-only tickets are still available and includes entry to all workshops on both days. You can find details of these workshops on our Craft Sanctuary page.

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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.