Retreat 2016 for escapees

A stitchy escape plan!

Sewing retreat in Merseyside

I’ve been plotting and scheming a sewing retreat for later in the year. Do you need time out for doing what you love? Will you have had your fill of the kids over the summer? Have you always loved the thought of doing a bargello wall hanging? Do you just fancy a weekend of mixing with other sew-a-holics? Do you live a bit too far away to take part in the week to week workshops I run?

Great! Now’s your chance. Read on and find out how you can make that happen for yourself.

The dates are September 23rd to 25th 2016.

Only places for 6 people.

The basics are that it’ll be a fun stitchy escape away from the everyday, spent in a bright and colourful studio along with others who love your hobby too.  You’ll arrive on Friday afternoon, get yourself settled in the hotel and you’re welcome to come along to the studio and see me flapping probably with last minute stuff for the weekend. On the Friday night we’ll introduce ourselves briefly over a brew and then crack on with the table runner/wall hanging project. Prior to the weekend you’ll choose which colourway of the V and Co. ombre fabric that you want to work with, so it’ll all be there for you, ready to go. If you can sew along a straight line with a 1/4in foot, then you’ll do this easily. The fabric is lush and lends itself so well to the bargello technique, so even though the finished project looks amazing, it’s actually very easy to sew with just the cutting out being the time we’ll have to concentrate carefully. I have basic techniques to show you too, which help make it flow smoothly.

Click on this photo for an overview of the fabric, so that you can see how versatile it is
Sewing retreat in Merseyside 2016

You’ll be staying at the Premier Inn in Winwick, which is less than 5 minutes down a country road away from the studio and sits opposite a village green and St.Oswald’s Church.  It’s not one of those Premier Inns on the edge of a dual carriageway. The Swan pub is right next door and really nice. You’ll have your breakfasts there but we’ll have our lunch together (included in the cost) in the studio. The only meal you’ll need to pay extra for is the evening meal. Again, look on the Facebook page and you’ll see a link to a Tripadvisor review page for the pub, so you don’t just rely on what I say.

If you have some time free on the Friday, then you can use that for a special treatment at the Pampa beauty salon, which is just a two minute walk from the Premier Inn. That would be perfect, so you can come along to the evening session with fab nails and hair and feeling amazing!

Sewing retreat in Cheshire September 2016

I created this poster for a local sewing group. Feel free to share it with your group too, to spread the word and help make it happen.

It is for you if you want – new friends, new stitchy community, new skills and most importantly – some fun – girls just wanna have fun. Handouts will be given, so that you can finish the project at home, when you next get a chance or you can come to Sewcial sessions for just £10 a day and finish them off at the studio, with my guidance if necessary. If you want a wall hanging in a colourway which compliments your home and a table setting to enhance that scheme completely. It is for you, even if you don’t need the hotel stay; just let me know and I can take £100 off the price.

Who is it NOT for? – not for people who like having a spa bath whilst on a sewing retreat; not for people who don’t like a giggle amongst others; not for people who don’t like sharing a bright and colourful space with others; not for you if you think you’ll want to finish everything before leaving the group, regardless of any fun activities you might miss out on in the process.

To ask any questions and to pay your £50 non-refundable deposit, with the £200 to be paid before August 26th 2016, please phone me; Diane on 01925 291953


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