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Welsh Knitting Retreat

14 May & 4 October 2023

5 days from £995pp

Discover the colourful history of the Welsh textile industry on this tour, which takes a closer look at Welsh wool and quilting in the picturesque villages of the valleys.
  • Knitting workshops with Sasha Kagan
  • Discover the story of the Welsh woollen Industry at the National Wool Museum
  • Spend time at the Welsh Quilt Centre
  • Stay at a lovely hotel, tucked in the Welsh hillside, with views over the world famous Gower and Carmarthenshire coastline

Welsh Knitting Retreat

Welsh wool and the Welsh textile manufacturing industry was historically one of the most important industries throughout Wales. However, it was in the Teifi valley and the surrounding areas that the wool industry was at its most prolific. We’ll follow the story of this industry at the National Wool Museum and learn more about Welsh quilts and blankets at the Welsh Quilt Centre. Two full day knitting workshops with Sasha Kagan complete this knitting retreat.

I am delighted to be teaching on Stitchtopia's first Welsh Knitting retreat and to share my love of the Welsh countryside and textile heritage with you. Our project is a patchwork cushion made up from 4 intarsia flower motif squares for the front and a moss stitch stripe fabric for the back plus 4 pom-poms as embellishments.

Our first workshop features my version of the intarsia technique. You will learn how to carry colours in your R and L hands and weave the background yarn along behind the motifs, how to read colourwork charts successfully, make bobbins and gain confidence.

Drawing on my 45 years experience as a knitwear designer our second session will be my "Design from Nature" workshop where you will learn how to design your own motifs using flowers and leaves as inspiration. These squares can be made into unique home textiles, heritage blankets, cushions coasters etc

Your Accommodation

Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli


This 76-room 4-star hotel is tucked in the Welsh hillside and stands proud over the Gower and Carmarthenshire coastline.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
  • Free WIFI
  • Dry cleaning & laundry service
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Spa
Room Facilities & Amenities
The individually styled bedrooms come equipped with tea & coffee making facilities, flatscreen TV, telephone and hairdryer.