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September 6 -16, 2023


 Sew & Sew Retreats in France September 6 - 16, 2023

to Celebrate French Textiles!

We will spend seven days in the French countryside near Toulouse

staying at the stunning Chateau Dumas 

and then four days in Paris! C'est la vie! 


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 Chateau Dumas --

Courtepointe Carnet de Voyage Français or A French Travel Diary Quilt. 

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In Paris we'll have an embroidery workshop with haute couture embroider Rebecca Devaney. This will be held at Au Ver à Soie, the world's leading silk thread manufacturer, which is an exclusive opportunity with Rebecca as they are closed to the public. Plus Rebecca owns Textile Tours of Paris and she will be our guide for the haberdasheries and flea markets!

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Click here for more information about the workshops.

Additional highlights during our time at the Chateau include exploring Sunday markets,

visiting the ancient city of Albi, and wine tasting at the Chateau Haute-Serre.

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Then on to Paris to immerse ourselves in the exquisite and historic textiles of the past and present, shop famous haberdasheries and the flea markets plus tour the Musée Jouy de Toile. We will also explore famous Paris sites including Versailles, Sainte-Chapelle, the Grande Opera*, and on our last night we will experience the Moulin Rouge’s famous Can-Can dance and show! Belles vacances!


* The Grande Opera house is the inspiration for The Phantom of The Opera,

and several of the stories and settings from the musical are based on real-life circumstances.

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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!

Cost Based on Room Preference at Chateau Dumas


  • Option #1 Single occupancy bedroom/ensuite bathroom - $5,980

  • Option #2 Single occupancy bedroom /adjacent bathroom - $5,880

  • Option #3 Single occupancy bedroom /shared bathroom - $5,780

  • I would like to bring a non-workshop participating partner - $4,080

                                Available only to the above bedrooms

  • Option # 4 Double occupancy bedroom (two guests participating in all activities) ensuite bathroom - $5,680


In Paris, your hotel room will be either single or double occupancy, based on your choice of room at the Chateau Dumas. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms.


What IS included…

Pre-Trip notes, guidelines & Zoom meeting

11 Nights of lodging - 7 nights at Chateau Dumas and 4 nights in Paris

4 Workshops & 1 Kit

1 Online hand-stitching class by Heidi Parkes with unlimited access

3 Textile artist/teachers

Most workshop supplies

Most workshop fabrics

29 Meals or 11 Breakfasts; 9 Lunches; 9 Dinners

6 Tour guides

1 Winery tour

1 Flea market tour

1 Haberdashery tour

11 Museum & sight-seeing tickets including the Moulin Rouge show

10 Ground transportation vehicles, i.e., shuttles, vans, bus

A few surprises! Oh là là!


What is NOT included…


Travel insurance

2 Lunches and 2 Dinners

Personal shopping purchases


Registration is Full

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