Stitchtopia Festival 2019

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22 Mar 2019 - 25 Mar 2019
Duration: 3 nights
Ref: 19009
With: Carol Meldrum, Emma Leith, Karin Hellaby, Kathleen Anderson, Mandy Shaw, Rosemary Muntus, Sarah Hazell


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We are excited to be re-introducing the Stitchtopia Festival to our programme of events for 2019. With a new venue, this will be the ultimate 3-night residential event for all knitters, stitchers, quilters and fabric and fibre lovers. Eight of our most popular experts will be offering workshops across the weekend and the fun continues after dinner with optional talks or entertainment.

Across the weekend there will be choice of at least 48 workshop sessions (24 stitching and 24 knitting/crocheting) for you to choose from when you make your booking. Workshops are all half day sessions and start after lunch on Friday and finish before lunch on Monday. A total of 4 workshops are included in the cost of the holiday and there may be the option to purchase more at the venue, subject to availability.

Each evening there will be optional talks or entertainment happening, or you may prefer to continue working on your projects or chat to old and new friends in the bar.

Your Stitchtopia Festival ticket includes 4 workshops for you to enjoy over the weekend which can be chosen at the time of booking, but be quick as we only have limited spaces on each one! Our crafty experts will host each workshop twice. Some workshops have an additional charge for a kit which will be provided by the expert on the day and some experts require you to bring your own kit. To help towards supplies needed for your crafty weekend, we've teamed up with and will be offering a £50 voucher for each Stitchtopia ticket purchased. These will be issued after the final balance of your booking is paid - further details will be in your booking confirmation.

Click Here to see our workshop programme and sold out classes.



Jelly Roll Bargello Table Runner – machine sewing
Friday 2-5.30pm, Sunday 9am-12.30pm
From Karin's latest book Jelly Roll Bargello. Karin will explain the different effects that can be achieved using different seam placements. The special machine quilting used to emphasise the optical illusion of curves will also be shown.
Intermediate level. Students should know how to stitch a straight line, rotary cut and be able to complete the project with quilting and binding.
Kit not included - Click here for kit list

Folded Star Pillow – hand sewing
Saturday 9am-12.30pm, Sunday 2-5.30pm
This beautiful pillow always impresses! Start at the centre and place geese in layers radiating outwards to form a star. This is a relaxing project that will give you time to chat with your fellow students and still have a completed pillow front to show at the end of the class.
Suitable for beginners but also fun for the more experienced.
Kit not included - Click here for kit list

A Charming Cushion – hand sewing
Saturday 2-5.30pm, Monday 9am-12.30pm
What to do with the lovely packs of charm squares we see in shops and at shows? This cushion has a nine patch background and is embellished with Suffolk Puffs and buttons. The border is cleverly made from the remainder of the charm pack fabrics. I will show you how to best divide your charm pack into colour groups and suggest ideas for placement. This is a relaxing project that will give you time to chat with your fellow students and still have something to show at the end of the class.
Suitable for beginners but also fun for the more experienced.
Kit not included -Click here for kit list


Decorated Elephants – hand sewing
Friday 2-5.30pm, Sunday 9am-12.30pm
This workshop focuses on embellishing a block printed elephant with beads, sequins and gold threads. The background to the decorated elephant can be stitched using the Indian tradition of Kantha Quilting. Shisha mirrors and Rajasthani tassels provide the finishing touches before the completed piece is framed.
Additional cost for kit £15

Oriental Leaf Designs – machine and hand sewing
Saturday 9am-12.30pm
Work with Pat's specialist rulers containing acer and ginkho templates and create a small quilt piece using the techniques of Bondaweb applique, machine and hand stitching, gilding and foiling. A kit list will be provided for this workshop; however, we need to make a small charge for the supply and use of the specialist foils and glues.
Additional cost for foils & glues £2 + Click here for kit list

Japanese Apple Blossom Designs – hand sewing
Saturday 2-5.30pm, Monday 9am-12.30pm
Work with oil paint sticks to create an apple blossom design on fabric. Go on to embellish this with beads, foils and stitch and then use this fabric to create a beautiful Japanese folded case that can be used for specs, rotary cutter or phone.
Additional cost for kit £15


Needles and pins and other things – hand sewing
Friday 2-5.30pm, Sunday 9am-12.30pm
Mandy is so inspired by her travels and has collected ideas and treasures to create projects that are unique. The workshop will have several little projects on offer that you can choose from; needle cases, pin cushions, scissor keepers, name tags and purses.
Additional cost for kit £7

Redwork sampler – hand sewing
Saturday 9am-12.30pm, Sunday 2-5.30pm
A workshop dedicated to Mandy's love of Redwork. A nice and easy, relaxed workshop with lots of samples, books and original 1920's quilts to inspire.
Additional cost for kit £15

Machine Blanket Stitch Applique – machine sewing
Saturday 2-5.30pm, Monday 9am-12.30pm
During this workshop we will explore the use of blanket stitch on the sewing machine using different weights of threads and stitches. We will use a sewing machine motif as our sample that can be used to make a bag or a sewing machine cover. A pattern for the bag or sewing machine cover will be provided with the sample fabrics.
Additional cost for kit £12


Atarashii, Japanese Quilt as You Go Patchwork – Hand stitching
Friday 2-5.30pm, Sunday 9am-12.30pm
Made using vintage Japanese fabrics, these delightful little shapes can be turned into a variety of items such as coasters, table mats and runners, boxes, bags and of course quilts! (Guests will need to bring a general hand sewing kit which includes neutral colour thread and fabric scissors)
Additional cost for kit £25
N.B. Guests will need to bring a general hand sewing kit which includes neutral colour thread and fabric scissors

Boro Inspirations – Hand stitching
Saturday 9am-12.30pm, Monday 9am-12.30pm
Taking inspiration from my collection of Japanese Boro (rags) cloths and the prints, dyeing techniques and Kasuri (Ikat) weaving of Japan, Rosemary will show you how to make a unique piece of hand-stitched work, ideal for use as a small wall-hanging or to turn into a project of your own choice. The completed piece will be hand stitched Sashiko style with simple straight lines.
Additional cost for kit £35
N.B Guests will need to bring a hand sewing kit which includes neutral sewing thread (for the piecing), fabric scissors or rotary cutter, rotary rule and A3 cutting mat.

Log cabin with Japanese attitude – machine stitching
Sunday 2-5.30pm
Have fun piecing together some beautiful vintage Japanese fabrics for a very special project such as a cushion, small wall hanging or IPad case. Working from Janice Gunner's book Liberting Log Cabin, I will take you through the step by step stages of this modern take on a traditional block.
Additional cost for kit £40 which includes a signed copy of the book.
N.B Guests will need to bring a hand sewing kit which included neutral colour thread for piecing, rotary cutter, rotary rule and A3 size cutting mat.



Beginners Brioche (Knitting) – Vertical Stripe Scarf
Friday 2-5.30pm, Sunday 9-12.30pm
This workshop is designed as an introduction to brioche knitting. It's all about slipping stitches and carrying yarn over the top of the needle, then catching everything together using knit or purl stitches. We'll work through a scarf width swatch using the classical vertical stripe in rows getting to grips with the techniques, including how to change colour. You can continue with the project after the workshop.
Skill level: beginners – must know basic knit and purl .
Kit not included - Click here for kit list

Best of both Worlds (Knitting & Crochet)
Saturday 9am-12.30pm, Sunday 2-5.30pm
We will jump between the needles and hook and begin working on a combination shawl. On the day we will look at how to keep the stitch counts correct as you move between the techniques and working from crochet charts, giving you a better understanding of the similarities between the skills. You can continue with the project after the workshop.
Skill level: intermediate – must know basic crochet stitches
Kit not included - Click here for kit list

Tapestry crochet (Crochet)
Saturday 2-5.30pm, Monday 9am-12.30pm
Creating a fair isle pattern and working with 2 colours at the same time across a row tapestry crochet makes a very dense fabric. It's just the thing for introducing crochet to the kitchen as a heat protective mat or trivet. On the day we will look at how to follow a colour work chart, change colour and carry the yarn across the row.
Skill level: intermediate/ beginners - must know how to hold hook/make chain/ work dc
Kit not included - Click here for kit list


Circular miniature shawl (Knitting)
Friday 2-5.30pm, Sunday 9am-12.30pm
Following a simple pattern, we'll use lace knitting technique to create a miniature shawl in lace-weight yarn
Kit not included - Click here for kit list

Wall hanging (Knitting)
Saturday 9am-12.30pm, Sunday 2-5.30pm
Using a variety of patterns to suit all levels, we'll use lace knitting technique and lace-weight yarn to create a wall hanging that is perfect for your own home or to give as a gift
Kit not included - Click here for kit list

Mobius cowl (Knitting)
Saturday 2-5.30pm, Monday 9am-12.30pm
Following a simple pattern, we'll use lace knitting technique and a thicker yarn to create a stylish cowel – perfect for those chilly evenings!
Kit not included - Click here for kit list


An Introduction to Sequence Knitting (Knitting)
Friday 2-5.30pm, Sunday 9am-12.30pm
Discover how to create new and interesting textures by repeating a sequence of stitches over different multiples. You will test out a couple of sequences before moving on to a small neck warmer project.
Additional cost for kit £10

Slip stitch Colourwork (Knitting)
Saturday 9am-12.30pm, Sunday 2-5.30pm
Create beautiful patterns with the advantage of only working with one colour at a time. You'll work on a small purse project using different colours and textures of yarn, plus beads.
Additional cost for kit £7

Professional Finishing Techniques for Crochet (Crochet)
Saturday 2-5.30pm, Monday 9am-12.30pm
A non-project-based workshop giving lots of hints and tips for professional finishing including seams, joining blocks and motifs, bottonholes, shaping and picking up stitches. Please bring along some prepared swatches for you to work with.
Additional cost for kit £5


Mandala in a Hoop (Crochet)
Friday 2-5.30pm, Sunday 9am-12.30pm
Enjoy the benefits of mindful mandalas as you work with soft dk cotton in an uplifting spring colour palette. We'll be working in the round, counting as we go and playing with an assortment of stitches to build your confidence and understanding of how Mandalas work. You will leave with your completed mandala in a hoop ready to hand with pride.
Suitable for those who can work basic crochet stitches (double, half treble and treble)
Kit not included - Click here for kit list

Boho Baskets (Crochet)
Saturday 9am-12.30pm, Sunday 2-5.30pm
Dive into a sea of colour as you work a simple pattern with a gentle twist. This workshop is all about colour. We begin with perfecting the circle and practicing changing yarn colour. You'll learn the art of blending and working 'random' colour as you discover it may not be as random as you thought! You'll leave with a basket that is unique to you. You'll have enough yarn to make a variety of baskets in different colour schemes.
Suitable for the confident beginner who has mastered double crochet and counting stitches. Ideally you will have already had a go at crocheting a circle.
Kit not included - Click here for kit list

Place mats (Crochet)
Saturday 2-5.30pm, Monday 9am-12.30pm
Brighten up your life and your table with these beautiful table mats! In this workshop Emma will teach you how to work linen stitch using an array of colourful aran cotton to create subtle repeat patterns. No sewing in the ends as these will be used to create mini tassels. Make one place matt in the workshop and continue with 5 more at your leisure.
Kit not included - Click here for kit list


Double Room for sole use: £599
There are no single supplements and all single rooms are double for sole use unless otherwise requested.

Twin Room: £569 per person
We have a limited number of twin rooms available - please call us to book.


  • 3 nights full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch, dinner plus tea & coffee morning and afternoon ) in a single room, starting with lunch on Friday and terminating with lunch on Monday
  • 4 half-day workshops with our experts
  • £50 voucher to spend at
  • Evening talks and entertainment


Workshop materials, drinks other than those specified, travel insurance and items of a personal nature, i.e. telephone calls, laundry etc.

Yarnfield Park, Staffordshire

Located in the heart of the UK Yarnfield Park is the perfect location for a weekend of workshops with our experts and quality time with like-minded crafters. The 338 double ensuite rooms come equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. The executive chef and his team will be serving high-quality food throughout the weekend, including a fish and chip supper on Friday, a three-course meal on Saturday and a carvery on Sunday. And if you need a well-deserved break from crafting, there are plenty of grounds to explore as well as a gym and sauna on site.


All bedrooms offer the following:

  • En suite bathroom
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Free wifi