Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Calling all knitters and those who would like to be . . . !

 part of the courtyard garden at La Verderie

I have this week to catch up with myself and write a few new workshops ready for next year. I know many of you out there in blog land are interested in many crafts and skills, not just my kind of madness.

I was chatting with my good friend Sue Culligan who lives in France yesterday. Sue is the owner of the knitwear mail order company Kangaroo . I am nipping over to see her and her husband John for a few days in May to work out some dates for me to teach over there - but more of that later. While we were chatting it struck me that some of you may interested in the workshops Sue runs in France. Sue has been running workshops at the local Chateau for the last few years with great success and has now decided to open up her home in France for more intimate creative retreats for up to five students at a time. 

 free form crochet

 learn to work with different colours
The new residential  'Back to Basics' workshop (dates below) will be held at La Verderie in France. The holiday is designed for a maximum of five guests and the workshops will be spread over four days. The aim of the workshop is to complete a simple cushion cover made from squares knitted in different stitches. Sue will cover different methods of casting on, how to cast off and work simple increases and decreases, then go on to cover basic textured stitches and colour work.
For full details and programme email sue@kangaroo.uk.com. The cost of the holiday covers all the workshops, full board including wine with meals, outings to local towns and transfers from La Rochelle, Angouleme, Poitiers or Bordeaux.

Sunday 12th – Saturday 18th June – Knitting Workshop at Chateau St Julien with tutors Carol Meldrum and Nicole Wilson - £795 for single room, £725 for shared room, includes all accommodation, food and drink, workshop programme and transfers between Poitiers station/airport and the Chateau.

 Chateau St Julien

Thursday 29th September – Tuesday 4th October – Back to Basics workshop with tutor Sue Culligan at La Verderie.  A workshop for novice knitters or those that need a little reminder, we will start with the basics and go on to complete a knitted cushion cover using various techniques throughout the course. This holiday is designed for a maximum of five residential guests. The cost of the holiday (£395 for a single room and £325 per person sharing a twin room) includes all the workshops, full board, trips out to local towns and transfers from local airports and railway stations. Transport to and from France is not included in the price.  For further details of the course and accommodation please email sue@kangaroo.uk.com.

Sunday 16th – Saturday 22ND October  – Crochet Workshop with tutor Jane Crowfoot at La Verderie. We have spaces for just five guests in total, the cost of the holiday (£495 for the single rooms and £425 per person sharing a twin room), includes all accommodation, food and drink, the workshop, visits to local towns and transfers to and from local airports or stations. FULLY BOOKED

Sue and John are wonderful hosts (and wonderful cooks) and have a beautiful home in the heart of rural Charente Maritime. It is one of my favourite places to relax. Do contact Sue if you are interested in any of the workshops or would just like stay as a B and B guest. 


 my lovely students painting imaginary journeys at last years summer school in July
 While we are speaking about courses, several of you have asked about my design based courses – the only one I am booked to teach this year, so far, is at The Bramble Patch in Weedon, Northants. It is a 2 day Design, Inspiration and Interpretation workshop. This course has been developed to build up your confidence in design by using various techniques, formulae and paper exercises. You will create stunning original designs and colour combinations and also make your own printing blocks from your designs. You will leave with enough design ideas to last you for years to come. The Bramble Patch has fabulous well equipped studios and plenty of parking.
I love teaching up there. Everyone is always made very welcome. www.thebramblepatch.co.uk   

Back to writing new courses now - if you ever have any suggestions for courses, do let me know.
I've just checked the weather forecast for the Murcia region next week - 23 - 25 degree!!!!!


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