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A Textile and Quilting Weekend in Windsor , September 2018

September 29th, 2018 to September 30th, 2018

Date: 29-30 September 2018
Location:De Vere Beaumont Hotel, Windsor
Price: £375

(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.)

Jelly Roll Pzazz with Valerie Nesbitt

5_picture1 Valerie Nesbitt is the Creative Director and founder of justhands-on.tv and our very own 'Queen of Scrap’. This weekend Valerie offers you inspiration for using those jelly rolls that have been waiting for the right project; but of course you can raid your stash and bring a selection of 2.5in strips. There will be a  choice of Jelly Jazz (below) or a Jelly roll Mystery quilt - both delightful small lap quilts; and if you have a few spare moments left on the Sunday, you could try her 40minute quilt!

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Journal Maps with Susan Rhodes

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Susan Rhodes is a textile artist and teacher.  She will introduce you to Journal Maps, a way of capturing your own personal       memories of events and places - a favourite walk, the streets around your home, a special holiday, a celebration. Your map will explore the space in which your special times happened, starting with layering and piecing and then adding detail with luscious  threads and stitches.

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A textile and quilting weekend for only £375 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

You can also RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW BY CHEQUE or BACS

Additional information about justhands-on.tv retreats

If you’d like to stay over the night before, Friday night accommodation is available. We also do our best to accommodate non residential and partner requests. Disabled access information available upon request, Contact us at retreat@justhands-on.tv for more information.

Sewing machines are available to hire for a small cost but please notify us at time of booking

A Patchwork and Quilting Retreat, Denham, Bucks October 2018

October 13th, 2018 to October 14th, 2018

Date: 13-14 October 2018
Location: Denham Grove Hotel, Bucks
Price: £375

(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.)

Pack up your projects, or gather your stash and come along and join us for two days of sewing fun at our residential weekend retreat. Space to sew. Help on hand. And all your meals taken care of.

We are thrilled to offer you a choice of three of the UK’s leading quilting tutors

 

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Sarah Soward from Pauline’s Patchwork will be coming along to teach either this Jelly Roll Tree or Stack of Books Quilt.

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Pauline Bolt from Pauline’s Patchwork will be teaching Layer Cake Quilts as well as bringing lots of lovely stuff from her shop.

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Valerie Nesbitt of justhands-on.tv invites you to bring along your UFO's, WIP's and PhD’s or be inspired by a project of hers and she will be on hand to advise and assist.

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A stitching weekend for £375 per person

5_denham_bed_classic_1 The package includes two days sewing, free flowing beverages, fruit and snacks throughout the weekend, an extensive hot and cold buffet lunch on Saturday and Sunday, a buffet dinner on Saturday served in the Steam, Bake, Grill restaurant, and breakfast of your choice on Sunday. Class times are 10-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday AND you are can sew until late, late, late on Saturday evening. Every attendee will also walk away with a special goodie bag.

The Denham Grove Hotel, Bucks

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The hotel is set in 42 acres of countryside, and is very easily accessed from the M40 junction 1, M25, A40, M1. M3 and M4; not far from Heathrow airport (but not close enough to be noisy!) All rooms are ensuite with complimentary Wi-Fi access, TV and hairdryer, and offered with no single supplement. The hotel also has a swimming pool complete with jacuzzi and gym.

RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW BY CHEQUE or BACS

OR BOOK NOW BY CARD

(Note - If you pay the full price by Credit card, this 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.)

 

Additional information about justhands-on.tv retreats

If you’d like to stay over the night before, Friday night accommodation is available. We also do our best to accommodate non residential and partner requests. Disabled access information available upon request. Contact us at retreat@justhands-on.tv for more information.

Sewing machines are available to hire for a small cost but please notify us at time of booking

Textures of Vietnam with Pat Archibald, Oct/ Nov 2018

October 30th, 2018 to November 14th, 2018

Dates: 30 October - 14 November 2018 - 15 nights

Prices: from £3,295 per person

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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/textures-of-vietnam-2018?pid=129

 

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

Thread Your Way Through Myanmar with Karin Hellaby Nov 2018

November 15th, 2018 to November 28th, 2018

Dates: 15-28 November 2018 - 13 nights

Prices: from £3,595 per person

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This is a unique opportunity to join Karin Hellaby on our first textile holiday to magical Burma (now known as Myanmar).

This special tour will introduce you to an array of textures, rich colours and the cultural treasures of this quite remarkable country. Wondrous sights include glittering pagodas, vast plains, ancient Buddhas and the beauty of Inle Lake. Along the way we’ll meet weavers and local artisans and engage with these skilled craftspeople in their workshops. There will be plenty of opportunities to browse in the vibrant markets and purchase traditional fabrics and other local handicrafts too.

Also included are two workshops led by Karin, giving you the opportunity to get creative after being inspired by the many wonderful sights you have seen.

More details can be found here: https://www.arenatravel.com/thread-your-way-through-myanmar?pid=129

 

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 in Hampshire. November 2018

November 24th, 2018 to November 25th, 2018

Date: 24 - 25 November 2018
Location: Warbrook House Hotel (The Grange), Eversley, Hampshire
Price: £375

(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.)

Fanadoo! Fancy Fans and a Floral Fabrication with Jennie Rayment

5_jenny-sm -Twiddle your way to a delectable tactile table runner or wallhanging. Play with shape and form, tuck into texture and indulge in some easy applique. Create the panel or make blocks for cushions, quilts or bags. A totally new class specially created by Jennie for you - a taste of material magic! Roll up for some twitch, twiddle and tweaking in the caring hands of the magical mistress of material Ideal for all ages and abilities!

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Easy Stack Quilts with Paula Doyle (SOLD OUT)

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Do you love printed fabric, but are not sure what to do with it? Paula's Easy Stack quilts are a quick-cutting,  fabric-efficient way of making great quilts that are rotary cut and machine pieced. You'll learn how to make simple, one-of-a-kind quilts using large-scale print fabrics. With only 4  fabric  repeats and easy-to-cut strips, you can create 3 kinds of fun, unique, and kaleidoscopic blocks. Over the weekend you will get the opportunity to create the 4 patch block, an X-cut block and the Bright Hopes block and then go on to   create your own stunning quilt. This is a great technique to learn whatever you skill set.

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A quilting weekend from only £375 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.

Warbrook House Hotel (The Grange), Eversley

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At the end of the tree-lined driveway, Warbrook House Hotel sweeps into view: a magnificent Grade I listed mansion designed by renowned architect John James in 1724, set in 130 acres of Grade II listed gardens, complete with its very own Versailles-style canal. It is the ideal location conveniently located near the Berkshire-Hampshire border, and close to Heathrow Airport and Central London, which is accessible by train with connections from Reading, Fleet and Farnborough rail stations. The Grange is a lovely 20th century addition to the main mansion house, extended from the original farm house, with a private garden to the back, next to Warbrook Woods. These rooms are of a modern design and feature en-suite bathrooms, LCD TV, telephone and a tea/coffee making facilities. WiFi is available throughout. The Grange is a short 3-minute walk from the main house and offers its own parking facilities by the entrance.

Click here to BOOK NOW BY CREDIT CARD

You can also RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW BY CHEQUE or BACS

Additional information about justhands-on.tv retreats

If you’d like to stay over the night before, Friday night accommodation is available. We also do our best to accommodate non residential and partner requests. Disabled access information available upon request. Contact us at retreat@justhands-on.tv for more information.

Sewing machines are available to hire for a small cost but please notify us at time of booking

German Christmas Markets Quilting Cruise With Janet Clare

December 1st, 2018 to December 5th, 2018

Dates: 1 - 5 December 2018 - 4 nights

Prices: from £995 per person Single supplement: £175

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When it comes to Christmas markets, nowhere does it quite like Germany. Join quilting expert Janet Clare as we explore the markets of Bonn, Koblenz, Rudesheim and Mainz; each one with its unique flavour and atmosphere. On board the ship, Janet will host workshops so that we can indulge in a little (or a lot!) of stitching as we sail along the Rhine.

Click here for more details

Contact:
Arena TravelArena 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

Stitchtopia Festival 2019 , March 2019

March 22nd, 2019 to March 25th, 2019

Dates: 22 - 25 March 2019 - 3 nights

Prices: from £599 per person

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This will be the ultimate 3-night residential event for all knitters, stitchers, quilters and fabric and fibre lovers. Eight of our most popular experts (Carol Meldrum, Emma Leith, Janice Gunner, Karin Hellaby, Kathleen Anderson, Mandy Shaw, Pat Archibald, Sarah Hazell)  will be offering workshops across the weekend and the fun continues after dinner with optional talks or entertainment.

Across the weekend there will be choice of at least 48 workshop sessions (24 stitching and 24 knitting/crocheting) for you to choose from when you make your booking. Workshops are all half day sessions and start after lunch on Friday and finish before lunch on Monday. A total of 4 workshops are included in the cost of the holiday and there may be the option to purchase more at the venue, subject to availability.

Each evening there will be optional talks or entertainment happening, or you may prefer to continue working on your projects or chat to old and new friends in the bar.

To help towards supplies needed for your crafty weekend, Sewandso.co.uk will be offering a £50 voucher for each Stitchtopia ticket purchased

More details can be found here: https://www.arenatravel.com/stitchtopia-festival-2019?pid=129

 

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

Prague Patchwork Meeting with Janet Clare April 2019

April 5th, 2019 to April 9th, 2019

Dates: 5 - 9 April 2019 -4 nights

Prices: from £1,045 per person

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Join our expert Janet Clare for a long weekend of quilting, sightseeing and textile discovery. Now in its 13th year, the Prague Patchwork Meeting is a truly international experience with exhibitors from across Europe as well as Canada, USA, Taiwan, Australia, South Korea and Japan. Boasting four halls of galleries and shops there's plenty to see and do for quilters of all levels of experience. But your Prague experience doesn't end there! During two half days of sightseeing our local guide will show us the highlights of the city including the Astronomical Clock, Prague Castle and the iconic Charles Bridge as well as textile exhibitions at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Jewish Museum. And that’s not all! Janet will be hosting two short workshops at our hotel and we've allowed some free time for you to relax at the hotel, explore Prague with your new friends or indeed go shopping!

More details can be found here: https://www.arenatravel.com/prague-patchwork-meeting-2019?pid=129

 

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

Alsace & the 25th European Patchwork Festival with Mandy Shaw, September 2019

September 11th, 2019 to September 16th, 2019

Dates: 11 - 16 September 2019 -5 nights

Prices: from £1495 per person

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Immerse yourself in textiles & patchwork in the heart of the beautiful Alsace! Enjoy the company and expertise of Mandy Shaw on this 6-day holiday where the highlight promises to be the 25th Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork. Historical buildings, village halls and places of worship are turned into galleries exhibiting over 1,200 textile works of art in the four villages of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Sainte Croix-aux-Mines, Liepvre and Rombach-le-Franc in the wonderful Val D'argent.

You'll stay in a characterful hotel in the charming Old Town of Colmar whose cobblestoned streets and winding canals are lined with half-timbered medieval and renaissance buildings. Easily explored on foot, Colmar has a wealth of shops selling high quality goods and local produce as well as first-class restaurants serving delicious Alsatian cuisine.

More details can be found here: https://www.arenatravel.com/alsace-the-25th-european-patchwork-festival?pid=129

 

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

Textile Highlights of Vietnam with Karin Hellaby November 2019

November 5th, 2019 to November 20th, 2019

Dates: 5 - 20 November 2019 - 15 nights

Prices: from £3,445 per person

Secure your place with a £400 deposit

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Join Karin Hellaby on this superb textile holiday to vibrant Vietnam. This special tour showcases the rich colours and cultural highlights of a truly fascinating country. Explore historic cities, walk and cycle through tranquil rural landscapes, discover villages high in the rugged mountains and stroll through local ethnic markets where traditional dress is still a part of everyday life. Vietnam's textile traditions are very much alive and you'll explore silk villages, learn about the ethnic Thai minorities' traditional weave, visit indigo farms, and see batik and the tritik technique found in the textiles of the H'mong hill tribes.

More details can be found here: https://www.arenatravel.com/textile-highlights-of-vietnam ?pid=219

 

Arena TravelContact:
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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