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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 £520pp Departure Dates

Your Tour Includes

  • 2 nights’ full board accommodation, starting with dinner on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday
  • Tea, coffee and snacks throughout the weekend
  • 2 full days of tuition from a qualified Royal School of Needlework tutor, with Kit
  • Services of an experienced Tour manager
  • Gratuities for driver and local tour guide
  • Kit included
Experts
Kate Barlow

Kate Barlow

Kate grew up in North Wales and originally studied costume at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and graduated in 2001 with a BA Hons in Theatre Design. Following this she worked as a freelance costume maker at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and then as part of the Touring Wardrobe department at the Welsh National Opera. Kate has always loved hand embroidery and got the stitching bug from her Nan at an early age, so in 2013 she decided to take the plunge and re-train as an embroidery tutor at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace. Kate graduated from the Future Tutors Programme at the RSN with distinction in 2016. During the course she studied many traditional hand embroidery techniques including goldwork, Jacobean crewel work, blackwork, stumpwork and silk shading. In 2015 Kates Advanced Silk Shaded budgie “Smuggler” was accepted by the Royal Academy of Arts for their annual Summer Exhibition. The piece was also made into a greetings card. Last year Kate filmed the RSNs first online course in silk shading.

Kate loves to design her own embroidery kits, using traditional techniques in a contemporary way. She also likes to combine her embroidery with her love of historical dress, creating kits based on original pieces. Her classes cover all levels of ability, from absolute beginners to more advanced stitchers.


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.


Itinerary

Overview

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

Includes Dinner

Overview

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

Overview

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

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.

Accommodation

You will be staying for 2 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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General
  • 3 Star
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
Room
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Free Wifi
Service
  • Gym
Hotel
  • Swimming Pool
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available
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