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What's it like at a Justhands-on.tv Retreat

October 10th, 2016 to January 1st, 2018

Have you ever wondered what's it like on one of our retreats? Well now you can hear from some of the people who attend these fabulous sewing weekends. Why do they go? What do they get from them and why do they keep coming....

 

and to find out what some of our delegates said about our Oct 2016 retreat at Denham - click through to Valerie's blog.

 

See below for more details of our upcoming retreats in March, April and October 2017

Maltese Quilting Retreat with Valerie Nesbitt and Jennie Rayment November 2017

November 10th, 2017 to November 17th, 2017

Dates: 10 Nov 2017 - 17 Nov 2017 -7 nights

Prices: from £1,095 per person

SORRY - THIS IS NOW SOLD OUT

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We’re very excited to announce details of our first overseas retreat!

Our partners at Arena Travel have arranged for Valerie and Jennie to join you during a week on the wonderful island of Malta for an incredible week at the 4 star db Seabank Hotel on an all-inclusive basis with 4 full days of workshops and a programme of evening fun and entertainment, and all in the company of fellow quilters

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Over Jennie’s  course, you will discover a wide range of tactile and textural designs. Indulge in some origami, discover how to fold, roll, tweak and twitch material into delectable formations ideally suitable for quilts and cushions. Decide whether to make blocks and complete a small quilt, make cushions and bags or even produce a tucked and twiddled waistcoat. It’s fun and frolic with fabric and fabulous nifty notions, hints, tips and easy peasy ways to create amazing masterpieces on the machine. You will be in the caring hands of magical mistress of material!

5_valerie-2-400-crop Valerie Nesbitt: “Medallion Sampler Quilt”

This Medallion sampler is great for beginners and those with some patchwork skills.    Like all good samplers you will learn a variety of techniques – from fast piecing in the log cabin through to petal shapes, applique in the Dresden plate and one of Valerie’s favourites, fast flying geese with no waste.  You’ll pick up rotary cutting skills.  And if you don’t want a quilt at the end all the blocks can be used in their own right to make cushions or bags or other small projects.

Evening Entertainment

There will be 3 nights of evening entertainment -  “Totally Tucked Up” by Jennie Rayment as Jennie takes you on a magical mystical tour of twiddles, fiddles, nips and tucks; “Demonstrations of Tip Top Quilts tips” by Valerie Nesbitt where Valerie will share with you a selection of ideas for quick quilts with no waste,  together with some of her favourite time saving tips; and  “Show and Tell” hosted by Jennie Rayment and Valerie Nesbitt where you can celebrate with Valerie and Jennie, your four days of sewing delight and show all that has been created. Share the highs of your Malta experience and display your creations among friends. We will all enjoy, be amazed and be overwhelmed at your accomplishments. It will be an evening to remember and recall for many years.

A Fabulous Quilting Week Away from £1,095

You’ll be flown from London Gatwick to Malta (other regional airports by arrangement and at additional cost). Return airport transfers are included as well as your 7 nights stay on an All Inclusive basis, so all meals and drinks are included with nothing else to pay. You’ll also enjoy an included half day excursion to the capital Valetta and the services of our tour manager to ensure that all goes well and you make the most of your break. We have secured a large number of single rooms at a very reasonable supplement so this break is sure to appeal to solo travellers and groups of friends alike.

5_seabank_hotel_room_3 The four star db Seabank Resort + Spa in Mellieha bay is a large, but very well managed hotel with excellent facilities including indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room, boules, archery, and other activities. There are lovely terraces by the pool and in the gardens for relaxation. It is quietly situated overlooking a beautiful bay yet all parts of the island are very easily accessible via the excellent bus service which runs directly from outside the hotel. The all-inclusive board and service is highly commended, and there is free WIFI throughout the hotel.

More details can be found here: https://www.arenatravel.com/our-holidays/stitchtopia/maltese-quilting-retreat

 

Contact:Arena Travel
Arena Travel, Explorer House, 2 Betts Avenue, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich IP5 3RH

Tel no: 01483 660 800

For further enquiries, contact:

enquiries@arenatravel.com

Website: https://www.arenatravel.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StitchtopiaUK

Twitter: https://twitter.com/stitchtopiauk

A Quilting Weekend at Aztec Hotel and Spa February 2018

February 24th, 2018 to February 25th, 2018

Date: 24-25 February 2018
Location:
Aztec Hotel and Spa , Bristol
Price:
£495

Enjoy a fabulous getaway at a residential weekend retreat in Bristol and choose between two of the UK’s leading textile tutors who have two very varied weekends planned for you. We have something for everyone no matter what you like to do or your level of expertise

Watch our video below to see what we have in store for you at the retreat:

Personalise your weekend with Angela Madden

5_dsc08926-1000 Angela is an internationally recognised quilter, teacher and author and this weekend she will help you unlock creativity you never knew you had. On the first day you’ll choose one of Angela’s ‘Your Choice’ patterns to work with (below). These very clever and versatile patterns allow you to make endless design choices easily. Once you have fused the designs into place, the stitching is simple too.

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In the ‘Surprising Silhouettes’ workshop the next day (top), you’ll learn how to cut out and make your own patterns. Cutting paper is a fun, fast and brilliant way to create unique designs for quilts. We will add a fabric twist to this traditional Japanese idea, enabling you to create the design of your choice.

 

Enjoy a Scrappy Weekend with Carolyn Forster

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Carolyn is also an accomplished quilt maker teacher and author and has two fantastic scrappy quilts planned for you over the weekend so you can delve into your jelly rolls and raid your stash. The ‘Woven Rail’ quilt (above) is a very modern quilt pattern and Carolyn has designed it so that it’s very jelly roll friendly.

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‘Japanese Stars And Lanterns’ quilt (above) creates a simple block that transforms itself into twinkling stars and lanterns, while also using up your scrap strips and strings, or any stash you want. This patchwork can be worked by hand or by machine and is great for beginners too, since there is no accurate seam allowance needed.

A stitching weekend for £495 per person

Classes will take place in the hotel from 10 – 4 on Saturday and 10 – 4 on Sunday AND you can sew until late, late, late on Saturday evening if you want.

Lunch and refreshments will be served botah days including a buffet lunch and a 3 course dinner on Saturday and breakfast and a buffet lunch on Sunday.

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Aztec Hotel and Spa Hotel, Bristol

This premier four star hotel is the perfect hotel in Bristol for some rest and relaxation. All rooms are ensuite and thoughtfully furnished to create a relaxing environment so you’re guaranteed a great night’s sleep. There is also complimentary Wi-Fi access, TV and hairdryer.

The Spa is the perfect place to wind-down or workout. The fully equipped gym and functional studio are yours to make use of from the moment you check in, as all hotel guests receive complimentary Spa membership for the duration of their stay which includes unlimited exercise classes too.

You can also RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW BY CHEQUE or BACS

OR CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW BY CARD

(Note - the full price includes a non-refundable £50 deposit. If you would prefer to secure your booking by cheque or bacs with a £50 deposit and pay the balance at a later date then please click here to Download a Booking Form to return to us with your deposit payment.)

Indian Textile Adventure with Karin Hellaby - March 2018

March 10th, 2018 to March 24th, 2018

Dates: 10 - 24 March 2018 - 14 nights

Prices: from £4,395 per person

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Join Karin Hellaby for a crafting and stitching adventure in India and experience the rich textiles, vibrant colours and cultural wonders of this quite extraordinary country. This magnificent holiday will take us to iconic locations in Delhi, Varanasi, Jodhpur and Udaipur where we will discover exquisite local crafts and meet with the skilled artisans who create these masterpieces. Our unique itinerary also includes a two night stay in historic Lucknow, renowned for its beautiful embroidery.

Also included is a workshop led by Karin, giving you the opportunity to get creative too.

More details can be found here: https://www.arenatravel.com/our-holidays/stitchtopia/patchwork-quilting-holidays/indian-textile-adventure

 

Contact:Arena Travel
Arena Travel, Explorer House, 2 Betts Avenue, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich IP5 3RH

Tel no: 01483 660 800

For further enquiries, contact:

enquiries@arenatravel.com

Website: https://www.arenatravel.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StitchtopiaUK

Twitter: https://twitter.com/stitchtopiauk

A Sewing Weekend at De Vere Cotswold Water Park, Cirencester, March 2018

March 17th, 2018 to March 18th, 2018

Date: 17-18 March 2018
Location:
De Vere Cotswold Water Park, Cirencester
Price:
£425

Come and enjoy a weekend of sewing fun in the beautiful  surroundings of Cotswold Water Park.  We have two of the UK’s leading textile tutors for you to choose from.

Watch our video below to see what we have in store for you at the retreat:

5_sm-angelaAngela Daymond is a textile artist and teacher who just loves to stitch and will teach you how to make a Kantha stitched fabric journal in her weekend workshop.

5_new-phototastic-collage-angela-6 A journal is a place to save memories, thoughts and precious things and you will use Kantha stitching to create textures, patterns and representational images in your book; each book will be different, unique and personal. You will learn about many different variations of running stitches, and how to stitch into and make up pages for your journal. You’ll also be using ink tense blocks and pencils to colour pages and wooden printing blocks. There will be a printer available so that you can print out four of your individual photos for the journal.

5_sm-gail Gail Penberthy loves to design and teach.

5_new-phototastic-collage-gail-4 On the first day of the retreat she’ll be teaching you to make a table topper, a most unusual design that is intended as a table centre (and in the right fabrics can become a Christmas tree skirt.) It’s not expected to be fully completed in the day workshop but you can take it home to finish or finish it off with a little late night sewing on the weekend. Who knows!

For the second day you can choose one of Gail’s own delightful folded felt patterns to work on.

A stitching weekend for £425 per person

Classes will take place in the hotel from 10 – 4 on Saturday and 10 – 4 on Sunday AND you can sew until late, late, late on Saturday evening if you want.

Lunch and refreshments will be served both days including a buffet lunch and a 3 course dinner on Saturday and breakfast and a buffet lunch on Sunday.

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De Vere Cotswold Water Park, Cirencester

Set among the honey-coloured villages and gently rolling hills of The Cotswolds, the De Vere Cotswold Water Park is a hotel as spectacular as its surroundings. With extensive grounds, home to nature reserves and alive with wildlife to explore, as well as the glorious Cotswolds beyond, De Vere Cotswold Water Park offers a wonderful retreat from the outside world. Or visit the spa and gym, where a world of pampering and relaxation awaits. All just 20 minutes from J15 of the M4 and J11A of the M5 with Bristol airport just over an hour away.


If you just want to unwind, the rooms offer a perfect sanctuary. All rooms are ensuite with a TV and hairdryer and there is also complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel.

You can also RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW BY CHEQUE or BACS

OR CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW BY CREDIT CARD

(Note - the full price includes a non-refundable £50 deposit. If you would prefer to secure your booking by cheque or bacs with a £50 deposit and pay the balance at a later date then please click here to Download a Booking Form to return to us with your deposit payment.)

A Textile and Quilting Weekend in Windsor, May 2018

May 5th, 2018 to May 6th, 2018

Date: 5 - 6 May 2018
Location:
De Vere De Vere Beaumont Hotel, Windsor
Price:
£425

Beautiful Birds with Gail Lawther

5_gail-sm Gail is known for designing and stitching quilts for books and patterns, as well as teaching workshops across the UK and further afield. Treat yourself to a weekend doing the craft you love along with like-minded people – and try out some new techniques into the bargain.

Birds provide the soundtrack to our lives, and all the projects that Gail is offering on this retreat are inspired by our feathered friends: you'll find garden birds and seabirds, pheasants and flamingos, doves and chickens, herons and puffins – and loads more besides.

Whether you're a complete beginner to patchwork or an accomplished stitcher, this is an excellent weekend for extending your skills and learning new ones. There's a wide variety of different techniques on offer for creating the projects, including – of course– Gail’s ‘signature’ Stained Glass Patchwork.

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Layer, Solder and Stitch with Kathleen Laurel Sage

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Kathleen is known for wielding her soldering iron to embellish; remove and seal areas of her machine embroidered and layered organza designs, to make a strong delicate and versatile fabric.

Kathleen will guide you through the techniques needed to create your own layered, soldered and stitched project, including some simple steps to design your own masterpiece. She will help you decide on a design, either drawn by you or from a selection of patterns and kits. If you have never used a soldering iron before, don’t worry you’ll soon be totally hooked with your head brimming full of fantastic creative ideas.

The weekend will be a good solid starting point for a 3 dimensional or larger project or you may wish to explore the technique in a geometric manner or even make several smaller pieces in the form of unique jewellery or small panels.

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A textile and quilting weekend for £425 per person

Classes will take place in the hotel from 10 – 4 on Saturday and 10 – 4 on Sunday AND you can sew until late, late, late on Saturday evening if you want.

Lunch and refreshments will be served both days including a buffet lunch and a 3 course dinner on Saturday and breakfast and a buffet lunch on Sunday.

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De Vere Beaumont, Windsor

With it’s beginnings in the 14th century, this majestic hotel stands in the Royal Borough of Windsor. Set close to the River Thames, the hotel is just 3 miles from Windsor and the Castle, minutes from J13 of the M25 and 15 minutes from Heathrow; Egham station is also 3 miles away with fast connections to London Waterloo and Reading.

Relax in subtle luxury in an ensuite room so you’re guaranteed a great night’s sleep. There is also complimentary Wi-Fi access, TV and hairdryer. The fully equipped gym and swimming pool has a modern and fresh design, and both are open daily to guests.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW BY CREDIT CARD

(Note - the full price includes a non-refundable £50 deposit. If you would prefer to secure your booking by cheque or bacs with a £50 deposit and pay the balance at a later date then please click here to Download a Booking Form to return to us with your deposit payment.)

You can also RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW BY CHEQUE or BACS

German Quilt Show & Hand Stitch in the Harz Mountains with expert Pat Archibald June 2018

June 1st, 2018 to June 7th, 2018

Dates: 1-7 June 2018 - 6 nights

Prices: from £1,459 per person

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Join Pat Archibald at the German Quilters Guild highlight of the year at an international festival of patchwork, quilts, and textile arts. The festival takes place in a different part of Germany each year and 2018 sees the show in Celle, a lovely town in North Germany.

We combine our visit with a stay in the bewitching Harz Mountains, a land of fairytales where we meet Jolanda who owns a quilt shop in this magical area. This is Germany’s secret hideaway and you will be sure to be enchanted by the little towns of steep-roofed houses and narrow, cobblestone streets, intriguing forests and rushing streams nestled below the mountains. We will discover the land that was the inspiration for the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm: Cinderella, Hansel & Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin and Little Red Riding Hood to name just a few.

More details can be found here: https://www.arenatravel.com/our-holidays/stitchtopia/patchwork-quilting-holidays/german-quilt-show-hand-stitch-in-the-harz-mountains

 

Contact:Arena Travel
Arena Travel, Explorer House, 2 Betts Avenue, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich IP5 3RH

Tel no: 01483 660 800

For further enquiries, contact:

enquiries@arenatravel.com

Website: https://www.arenatravel.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StitchtopiaUK

Twitter: https://twitter.com/stitchtopiauk

Textures of Vietnam with Pat Archibald,Oct/Nov 2018

October 30th, 2018 to November 14th, 2018

Dates: 30 October - 14 Nov 2018 -15 nights

Prices: from £3,295 per person

We are de5_hmong_hill_tribe_women lighted to offer you this unique opportunity to join Pat Archibald on our second textile holiday to vibrant Vietnam.

5_catba_18aug14-0528 This special tour showcases the rich colours and cultural highlights of a truly fascinating country. We’ll visit silk farms, weaving villages and lantern workshops and stroll through markets where traditional dress is still very much a part of everyday life. Along the way we’ll meet with skilled craftspeople and also get a chance to try our hand under their guidance. We’ll also spend a memorable afternoon in Mai Chau visiting the White Thai minorities who still work on their traditional silk weaving looms.

More details can be found here: https://www.arenatravel.com/our-holidays/stitchtopia/patchwork-quilting-holidays/textures-of-vietnam-2018

 

Contact:Arena Travel
Arena Travel, Explorer House, 2 Betts Avenue, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich IP5 3RH

Tel no: 01483 660 800

For further enquiries, contact:

enquiries@arenatravel.com

Website: https://www.arenatravel.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StitchtopiaUK

Twitter: https://twitter.com/stitchtopiauk


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