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Join us in August for a Stitch Tropicana, a Stumpwork, Goldwork and Cross Stitch retreat taking place at the wonderful Milton Hill House, Oxfordshire. Take this opportunity to escape to luxury, meet like-minded people and most importantly, stitch.


What is it?

  • A luxury weekend retreat for craft lovers from 25th-27th August 2017

  • Learn the techniques of Stumpwork, Goldwork and Cross Stitch with all materials included

  • Dine in the restaurant serving freshly prepared dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner

  • Meet like-minded stitchers who love to craft!



What is included?

  • Entry to both days of the Craft Sanctuary
  • ​Bespoke Craft Sanctuary kits worth £55 in total
  • 6 hours of Stumpwork tuition and 3 hours of Goldwork tuition from The Royal School of Needlework's Sophie Long
  • 3 hour Cross Stitch workshop with Genevieve Brading from Floss & Mischief
  • 1 x Sandwich lunch
  • 1 x Buffet lunch
  • Unlimited tea, coffee and snacks all day
Download the Craft Sanctuary: Stitch Tropicana brochure to find out more.
Genevieve Brading

Genevieve Brading is the creative force behind trendy needlework brand Floss & Mischief, and the author of sassy cross-stitch book I Got 99 Problems But A Stitch Ain't One. Having launched her company after arguing about taxidermy (long story!), she totally rocks the 'fauxdermy' trend and keeps putting a modern twist on needlework. Genevieve especially likes bitesize projects, like the one you’ll stitch with her here, which guarantee quick success and make stitching extra enjoyable.

Sophie Long

Sophie Long graduated from the Royal School of Needlework in 2008, having mastered more than 30 hand embroidery techniques including silk shading and goldwork. Sophie’s passion and undeniable talent for embroidery is displayed through her original works and classes for the RSN and others. Sophie’s big moment came when she was invited to be one of the team that worked on Kate Middleton’s wedding dress!


Cross Stitch Parakeet
Genevieve Brading

This counted cross-stitch parakeet isn't just a cutie, he'll take your cross-stitch skills up a notch! Stitching on quality 28-count Zweigart evenweave or 14 count aida, you'll play with blending DMC threads in the needle to achieve his colourful plumage and accompanying flowers. This versatile technique, known as tweeding, will make you rethink your thread colour choices.

Stumpwork and Goldwork Fish
Sophie Long

At Stitch Tropicana, you'll enjoy six hours of Stumpwork tuition under Sophie's guidance, working on a dazzling tropical fish scene. This piece will be embellished on day two in a three hour Goldwork class. Sophie has designed this piece especially for us and has incorporated a multitude of intricate techniques which are sure to take your stitching to the next level.


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If you would like to know more about an upcoming Craft Sanctuary event, book tickets or ask us a question, feel free to contact us on 0800 013 0150 or email us at [email protected].

Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm (excluding bank holidays)

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  • Telephone: 0800 013 0150
  • Address: Sew and So
  • Unit 6A
  • Delta Drive
  • Tewkesbury. GL20 8HB
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