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Craft Sanctuary Spring Embroidery Retreat Join Stitchtopia for an autumn embroidery retreat based in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. Our brand new venue for 2020, the De Vere Staverton Estate 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. Our two-night retreat includes 12 hours of workshops with Royal School of Needlework graduate, Jessica Aldred during which we will be working on one of Jessica’s beautiful Goldwork embroidery designs. ### Workshops with our expert, Jessica: > !(http://www.arenatravel.com/images/goldwork-and-silk-shading) > *Our project is inspired by a floor mosaic at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Goldwork is the term used for all metal thread embroidery, a sumptuous technique which was once reserved for royalty. Silk Shading is also known as ‘painting with a needle’ and involves skilfully blending colours with cotton or silk thread. Historically these techniques have commonly been combined, often in ecclesiastical work, and always to striking effect. In this class you will learn basic padding, silk shading, couching with coloured thread and whipped stem stitch. **- Jessica Aldred***
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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.
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. Dinner will be served in the hotel from 7pm.
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.
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.
When it comes to getting you to your destination. Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from
For complete flexibility, make your own transport arrangements to and from the ship. We will provide you with times and locations as well as some useful information for you to make your own arrangements to join your cruise.
If you require any further information to assist with your travel plans, please contact our Holiday Advisors who will be happy to help.
Travel down to Dover and jump onboard your coach for your ferry crossing.
Alternatively, travel the day before your departure and enjoy an overnight stay, with complimentary parking for the duration of your cruise, before being collected after breakfast the following morning.
Step aboard Eurostar at London St Pancras for a fast and comfortable journey to mainland Europe. You can even upgrade your reserved seat to Standard Premier – speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information. On arrival in Paris, Lille or Brussels, you will then join connecting services for your onward journey.
Return flights from London Heathrow with transfers to and from the ship are included in our package on our specific arrival and departure dates. We also include one item of checked in luggage per person.
If our included flights are not suitable, alternative flights may also be available from other airports on our arrival and departure dates. These may have an additional supplement and are subject to availability at the time of booking.
For those travelling from further afield, you can also book overnight accommodation in London, before and after your holiday. Speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information.
For an even more relaxed start to your European holiday, why not stay overnight in Dover or nearby Ashford the night before your cruise from only £65pp? All our quoted prices include car parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise and cooked breakfast the following morning. Our coach will collect you and return you to the hotel on its way to/from the port of Dover. And if you don’t want that holiday feeling to end, why not do the same on your return journey?