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Sew & Sew Retreats in England, May 11 to 19, 2024

to Celebrate English Textiles!

We will spend a 9-days in London, where we will stay at the posh Petersham Hotel in the suburb of Richmond on the Thames River. Besides great sightseeing, there will be five Workshops including one at the Royal School of Needlework and a tour of Hand & Lock, the premier embroidery house of England! Jolly Good! 

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The gifted quilt artist and teacher Heidi Parkes will join us for the duration of the retreat.

She will conduct an on-going workshop while at Goodnestone Manor -- An English Travel Diary Quilt

Hand quilting is Heidi’s favorite part of making a quilt! She loves to create areas of visual interest and activate the quilt top with the quilting functioning like a drawing on the surface of the fabric. Often using specific textiles, such as an heirloom tablecloth, bed sheet or cloth teabag, Heidi adds subtle meaning and material memories from the start. Ever curious, she works with a variety of quilting techniques including visible hand piecing and knots, improvisation, patchwork and applique.

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Photos courtesy of the Art Workers Guild

In London we will hold several workshops at the Art Workers Guild.

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Emily Jo Gibbs creates hand-stitched textiles with a delicate graphic quality, observing the quiet beauty of the overlooked. Gently advocating The Value of Making by creating work that celebrates the skill, dexterity and the creative problem solving of people who make things.

Appliqué - Working with Silk Organza:

This course covers the fundamentals and introduces you to the techniques Emily uses to make her delicate appliqué pictures. She will guide us from making test pieces to constructing still-lifes.


Besides quilting with Heidi Parkes, and silk organza appliqué with Emily Jo Gibbs, there will be several half day workshops. This includes Blackwork with Kari Bender and Abstract Embroidery with Ruth Hughes. Plus, we will take a class on Goldwork at the Royal School of Needlework and a tour of Hand & Lock. 

Click here for more information about the workshops.

We will stay at the Petersham Hotel in London, seeing the sites and enjoying several workshops. Highlights include a visit to the Royal School of Needlework, which was founded in 1872 and based at Hampton Court Palace, exploring the Victoria & Albert (V&A) museum, touring Westminster Abbey, the crown jewels at the Tower of London, a scrumptous high tea at The Wolsley, exploring Covent Gardens and Borough Market, a tour of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and an optional theatre show in the West End.

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The Petersham Hotel, Photos Courtesy of Lizzie Hulme 

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Sew & Sew Retreats brings people together with a similar interest and then offers the opportunity to spend memorable moments creating, learning, exploring, relaxing and laughing with like-minded people. I hope you will join us!

Single $6,337 or Double $6,137

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