Discover the delights of the Danube on one of the most scenic journeys through the heart of Europe. From the city of Passau on the Austrian border to the Hungarian capital of Budapest, we cruise in comfort and style aboard MS Serenity, passing through the beautiful scenery of the Wachau valley and dipping into the history and culture of amazing cities along the way.
Included sightseeing excursions are the Benedictine Abbey in Melk and city tours in Vienna and Budapest. Your holiday also includes exclusive textile-related excursions in Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava.
As we cruise between our ports of call, enjoy three half day workshops with Carolyn enjoying the scenery as we go.
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.
Join Royal School of Needlework tutor, Amy Burt, for her first embroidery retreat with Stitchtopia based in Northern Cyprus. We'll be staying in Kyrenia; a bustling town with a mix of old and new which is said to be the most beautiful town in Cyprus thanks to its harbour and mighty Venetian castle.
TOURS & WORKSHOPS INCLUDED
Full day tour to Lefkosa - the capital city of Northern Cyprus. Explore the narrow streets within the city walls where we'll discover some old-fashioned craft shops and learn about the local crafts at Büyük Han, a lovingly restored 16th Century trading station in the middle of the old town. We’ll also have a look at the market hall and Selimye Mosque.
Full day tour - starting at the citrus growing area of the island. Visit St. Mamas Church in Güzelyurt and see the Golden Leaves of Soli exhibition at the Museum of Archaeology and Nature. Visit Lefke Village to see a local handcraft organisation and learn about the traditional handcrafts of the region, including Lapta and Lefkara embroidery and beautiful pictures made with silk cocoons.
Workshops - enjoy three full day and 1 half day workshops with Amy. The first 2 days of the workshops will start with working on a small raised map of Cyprus in various goldwork techniques such as chipping, leather appliqué, pearl purl outlines and padding. The last day and half will consist of making a small Cyclamen flower which will be made of individual embroidered petals with a wired edge. Students can choose to make this in to a brooch or add it to their Goldwork map of Cyprus.
South Korea has a long history of making and designing textiles. On this tour we’ll explore this history, through hands-on workshops with local experts and visits to national embroidery, textile and quilt art museums.
We’ll also explore many other aspects of this fascinating country; royal palaces, traditional villages and Buddhist shrines combine in this itinerary with fantastic gardens and scenic coastlines to create a tour that will intrigue and amaze at every turn.
Discover the breathtaking Shetland Islands, whose past is interwoven with a rich history of wool, textiles and inimitable Fair Isle technique. On this 6-day holiday draw knitting inspiration from the coastlines and powerful landscapes, whose diverse colour pallet provides the perfect backdrop to your creative pastime. Learn how the world-famous Shetland wool is farmed, woven into yarn and then transformed by the locals into beautiful hand-crafted items. In the company of like-minded knitters, who share your passion for knitting, enjoy four half-day workshops. Under the professional guidance of the 'World's Fastest Knitter' Hazel Tindall, and the ever-talented Kathleen Anderson, you'll learn traditional Shetland Fair Isle and lace knitting techniques.
The Festival of Quilts is Europe’s leading patchwork and quilting event attracting over 25,000 quilters from all over the world. The show is a celebration of quilting in all its forms, with over 300 exhibitors offering essential supplies, world-class galleries of quilts from leading international makers, 350 workshops, talks and demos plus a magnificent display of over 800 competition quilts. It is the ultimate patchwork and quilting experience.
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