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  • Postcards from the Harz Mountains

    Hannover & Celle by Alison

    An early start from London Heathrow had us in Hannover before midday and an opportunity to visit the Kunst Textile Museum. This is a private museum, located in an old war bunker, displaying just some of the pieces that founder, Erika Knoop, has collected from her travels across the world. We had a guided tour of the collection by one of the museum volunteers exploring everything from elaborate evening dresses from New York to the finest hand-stitched silk from China. Here are a few of my favourite pieces:

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Montenegro

    Host report by James & Jane Tullett

    The small and beautiful country of Montenegro provided many picturesque places to visit during this 10-day holiday. With a population approximately the same as Sheffield, this unspoiled gem has many stunning and varied landscapes of sea, mountains and pastures, with beautiful towns and villages. The Tara Hotel is ideally located next to the sea with its private beach and provides a promenade walk to the nearby medieval town of Budva. The old town with its winding alleys has lots of boutique shops, bars and coffee shops to explore. Many of our guests enjoyed losing themselves in the old town for a spot of retail therapy and sampling the local delicacies. As an alternative to walking back to the hotel, several guests took the water taxi and enjoyed views of the bay. 4 Continue reading
  • Stitching in Norway with Karin Hellaby

    DAY 1 – London – Bergen

    We arrived in Bergen, basking in a glorious 23C and enjoyed a fabulous 3 hour sightseeing tour. Amongst the sights was the Fantoft Stave Church, beautiful buildings, views from the mountains and the Hanseatic trading area. We have a full group of 18 textile lovers from UK, USA, Switzerland and Hungary and they are already impressed with the beauty of Norway!

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  • Meet the expert - A Q&A with Janet Clare

    How did you discover quilting?

    My Mum is a quilter and as I love all textile crafts it wasn’t too long after she started quilting that I did too.

    Was there a single moment when you fell in love with quilting, or did it happen gradually?

    I was a knitwear designer when I first started quilting- knitting was work and quilting was a hobby. Nowadays it’s completely the other way around! When my boys were little I joined a local quilt group and really caught the quilting bug there and learnt lots too.

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Estoril

    Host report by Rob Richardson:

    The Hotel Londres is a 45 minute transfer from Lisbon airport. It has a very relaxed atmosphere and the large amount of money that has been spent on upgrades in the last two years gives it a very clean modern appearance. Most of our party passed comment that the food served in the hotel was very good quality. A red and a white wine from a different region of Portugal were served with our evening meal each night, and the wines were good enough to tempt even those of us that rarely drink wine to indulge in a glass or two!

    Our group loved how convenient it was to explore this beautiful region on local transport. The majority of our group took the public bus to the historic town of Sintra with its impressive palace & Moorish castle. Practically everyone took the train or the “hop on hop off” sightseeing bus into Lisbon on at least one occasion.

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