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Craft Sanctuary Embroidery Retreat

Join Stitchtopia for an embroidery retreat based in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. The Staverton Park Hotel & Golf Club is the perfect location to unwind and enjoy a bit of ‘me’ time with a heated swimming pool, sauna and spa pool on site, and a fabulous workshop room for our embroidery sessions. This 2-night retreat is the ideal opportunity to meet like-minded people, learn a new skill or indulge in your favourite hobby.

3 days from £525pp Departure Dates

Your Tour Includes

  • 2 nights full-board accommodation, from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday
  • Tea, coffee and snacks throughout the weekend
  • Gratuities for driver and local tour guide
  • 2 full days of tuition with a qualified Royal School of Needlework tutor, kit included
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

Sarah began a career in embroidery later in life, first taking a City and Guilds Certificate in Embroidery at Missenden Abbey, before embarking on three years of full time study on the Royal School of Needlework’s Future Tutors Programme at Hampton Court Palace. During this time she studied many traditional hand embroidery techniques including goldwork, Jacobean crewel work, blackwork, stumpwork and silk shading, graduating in 2018 with the Eva Stokes Award for Teaching.

As well as working in the Embroidery Studio at the RSN, Sarah has taught for the School in the UK, Ireland and China, as well as at RSN workshops at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Free Hospital in London and at Knit and Stitch Shows at Alexandra Palace and in Dublin. She also had the honour of teaching Her Majesty the Queen of Malaysia when she visited the RSN.

Her work has been exhibited on several occasions at Hampton Court Palace, including at the ‘Lost Dress of Elizabeth I, exhibition in 2019. Her ‘Blackwork Sweete Bag’ was featured in the ‘Jewel in the Hand’ exhibition of early portrait miniatures by Philip Mould and Company at their gallery in Mayfair.

She is the founder of ‘A Silken Thread’ which specialises in producing a range of kits with botanical themes and in offering classes in hand embroidery to groups and individuals with all levels of ability.


Workshop information: As Summer moves through to Autumn, learn how to embroider two seasonal brooches. Both are stitched using beautiful pure silk threads on pale grey linen and include a range of surface embroidery stitches including: silk shading, detached and closed fly stitches, padded satin stitch, trellis stitch, fishbone stitch and pistil stitch.When your embroidery is complete, you will be shown how to make it up into two brooches of 5 cm diameter complete with pin fastening and felt on the reverse, just in time for Autumn and Remembrance Day!

Make your own way to Staverton Park Hotel & Golf, arriving from 3pm. This evening, meet your fellow crafters before dinner which is served from 7pm.

Includes Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy a full day of workshops with your qualified tutor. We will break for lunch at the hotel and enjoy snacks, tea and coffee served throughout the day.

Dinner will be served in the hotel from 7pm.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Lunch

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights


After breakfast, enjoy a full day of workshops with your qualified tutor. We will break for lunch at the hotel and enjoy snacks, tea and coffee throughout the day.

Our final workshop will come to an end at 4pm. From here, you can depart at your leisure.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Lunch

Included Highlights


Tour Notes: Although there are no mobility requirements for this tour, please note that you will need to be able to make your own way between our workshop room, your bedroom and the restaurant, which could involve walks of up to 5 minutes. If you require full disabled access please check with us before booking.

Single Room Supplement from £69.00 (3 days).

Ideal for Embroiderers

Ideal for Embroiderers

Carefully created for lovers of embroidery, this Stitchtopia embroidery holiday is the ideal opportunity to learn a new craft or indulge in your favourite hobby. Our talented embroidery expert will be on hand throughout the holiday and host inspirational workshops with a beautifully designed project to spark your creativity.


You will stay for two nights at the 4-star Staverton Park Hotel & Golf. 

Staverton Park Hotel & Golf Club

This stylish and contemporary four-star hotel is ideally located in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. In a convenient location, Staverton Park Hotel & Golf Club is easily accessible from the M1, M6, M40 and Birmingham Airport, and is just a short drive to Northampton and Coventry.

Hotel Facilities

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  • 3 Star
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Free Wifi
  • Gym
  • Swimming Pool
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available