Stitchtopia News

  • Favourite Stitchtopia Snaps From Our Experts

    Our lovely crafting experts are a fundamental part of the Stitchtopia experience. Whether you are a knitter, crocheter, quilter or stitcher our experts aim is to help you get the most out of your holiday. Their guidance will give you the opportunity to pick up lots of new tips and techniques in their inspirational workshops, making your holiday truly unforgettable. This week we asked our experts to send us in their favourite snaps from a recent Stitchtopia holiday...we just love seeing pics of how much our experts enjoy our trips just as much as you!

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    Indigo dyeing workshop at Yama-ai, Kurume from our Textile Highlights of Japan holiday.

    Janice Gunner Indigo dyeing workshop at Yama-ai, Kurume

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  • 10 Crafty Projects to get Autumn Ready!

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    September has arrived with the end of the week and we all know that means the start of cooler evenings, shorter days and (most importantly) Jumper Season! It's no secret that colder weather causes delight in knitters, but truthfully, the turn of a season is exciting for any budding crafter as it means new textures, patterns and a whole different colour palette to work with! We've gathered the best Autumn projects to get you started! Get prepared for an overload of those familiar oranges, rusty reds & yellows!

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  • Highlights from the Festival of Quilts 2017

    We had a very busy week exhibiting at the Festival of Quilts at the Birmingham NEC last week. The show was incredible and we were in awe of some of the work displayed by some unbelievably talented quilters. The work on display certainly got our creative juices flowing!

    It was inspiring to see what had been created and there were definitely more than a few which caught our eye. It was also so lovely to see messages & meanings behind some of the artwork as it makes the piece take on a whole different meaning once the back story is revealed.

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  • Top 10 Cutest Animals in Knitwear

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    It wouldn’t be a real British Summertime without near-freezing temperatures and with summer passing us by, it’s almost time to be thinking about wrapping up warm again. But it’s not just us humans who feel the chill, our furry friends need a helping hand every now and again too. We’ve rounded up the cutest animals we could find – oh, and they’re all wearing knitwear, what’s not to love!

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  • Expert Corner: Juliet Bernard

    This month we chat to our knitting expert Juliet Bernard who gives us a quick insight to her life as a designer. Juliet will be tutoring on our magical German Christmas Market Cruise visiting many magical Rhine towns and will give visitors the chance to shop ‘til they drop in the iconic Christmas markets of Cologne. Juliet gives us the low-down on her trip, talks about her perfect Christmas (ok, we know its June but all this talk of Christmas markets has got us feeling festive!) and gives us some top knitting tips!

    Juliet, we are super excited to have you tutor on our Christmas Market knitting cruise. Which part of the trip are you most looking forward to and why?

    I am so delighted to have been asked to teach on this cruise. In Germany, Christmas is just magical and the celebrations start from the first Advent Sunday. My mum is German so we were brought up with all their wonderful traditions. I am looking forward to choosing some new decorations for my tree at the Christmas markets as well as showing our guests how to make a few of their own.
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