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Easy Japanese Embroidery and Cross Stitch

27th-29th October 2017

Developing Japanese embroidery skills need not be a lifelong pursuit. Maire Curtis' gentle and thorough teaching style simplifies the traditional techniques of Sashiko, Kojin and Silk Embroidery. With all kits, workshops, food and accommodation included in the ticket price, this weekend needlecraft retreat will leave you able to incorporate Japanese embroidery into your everyday stitching.


The projects you'll be stitching...
Sakura Fan Japanese Embroidery
by Maire Curtis

Using DMC cotton and Zweigart linen, Maire teaches traditional Sashiko, Kojin and Silk Embroidery skills in a truly accessible way - no previous Japanese embroidery experience necessary! You will learn an array of effective texturising and decorative stitches along with the meaning and history behind them.
Chinese Lantern Cross Stitch Gift
by Lucie Heaton

Lucie has designed a selection of four lovely Chinese latern motifs for you to choose from. Teaching you the tricks of the trade for stitching onto 14 count plastic canvas, you can whip up bookmarks, keyrings or charms in this fun and colourful workshop.

About the tutors...

Maire Curtis

Inherited from three generations of exacting maternal forebears, Maire learned intricate embroidery skills 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 such a successful business in creating bespoke wedding gowns and teaching the craft to eager students.


Lucie Heaton

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. Regularly commissioned by DMC, Lucie loves to design projects that crafters will be compelled to stitch - whether for themselves or for loved ones.


The accommodation...
Cranage Hall, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire

Home to the world renowned Peak District, Cheshire is a captivating county boasting unspoiled sweeping landscapes dotted with quaint market towns and villages. Nestled in the heart of the Dane Valley, this charming Elizabethan manor is the perfect setting in which to learn historic embroidery techniques. Originally built in 1829, the multiple award-winning 4* hotel effortlessly combines the essence of grandeur with stylish and modern amenities. Locally sourced and freshly prepared food will await you for breakfast, lunch and dinner with unlimited tea, coffee and snacks available thorughout the workshops to keep you satisfied throughout the day. Outside, you can wander through 20 acres of private gardens before popping indoors to enjoy the heated swimming pool, sauna, spa or gym. Alternatively, cosy up next to the roaring fire and just stitch!


What is it?

  • A luxury weekend retreat for craft lovers from 27th-29th October 2017 at Cranage Hall in Cheshire

  • Learn the techniques of Japanese Embroidery 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?

  • 4 x 3 hour workshops with well-known craft personalities
  • All materials provided (normally £55*)
  • Single or shared bedroom at a 4* hotel with full use of facilities (worth £219*)
  • 2 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner plus unlimited tea, coffee and snacks throughout the day (normally £120*)
  • Free entry into a prize raffle for your chance to win an array of craft products inluding a Daylight Lamp
  • Welcome gift bag (it's a surprise!)
  • Exclusive discount for SewandSo

*All price comparisons are approximate and based on the current prices at the time this page was published (19/06/2017 12:07)

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