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2020 Weekend Retreats & Workshops


Sadly, the current Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the United Kingdom (indeed the world) and, like the majority of events businesses, we have had to postpone or cancel a few of our planned courses, workshops and weekend retreats until it's clear that life can return to something like the normalcy we all once enjoyed.


On this page you'll find details of planned courses for 2020, assuming the UK Government releases the social distancing measures to allow small groups of people to once again meet in closed spaces. Where possible we are postponing courses/workshops/retreats until later this year; where this is not deemed practical we have cancelled courses/workshops/retreats with a view to re-booking venues in 2021 once everyone is up & running again and we are able to confidently make forward plans.

We trust this keeps you appraised of the current situation regards all CraftyMonkies courses, workshops and weekend retreats, but if you have any queries at all please contact us via email:-

Our upcoming and totally unique combined Sewing & Quilting Courses see us offer Weekend Retreats and two NEW One-Day Sewing & Quilting Workshops (yes, you can attend BOTH days, as each event offers different sewing/quilting projects!) We're also going to make sure there are different projects on every Sewing & Quilting course that we do, so that if you want to come again in the future you won't be making the same thing! The following dates are currently available (with more to be added in the coming weeks & months):-


NOTE: The original dates (Sat 28 & Sun 29/3/20) for our Wivenhoe House Workshops/Retreat have been changed to:- Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th OCTOBER 2020 at Wivenhoe House Hotel, Colchester

Please keep checking our website and social media accounts (InstagramFacebook and Twitter) to see new courses as & when they're announced after lockdown restrictions are released!...

On another front, in June 2020 we launched the exciting Take 3 Private Member Club which people can sign up to via a Monthly Subscription for just £9.99pcm. Among other things, the Take 3 Private Member Club will feature regular Video Tutorials teaching Techniques & Projects, Bonus Content relevant to the main Techniques & Projects, Competition Giveaways, Monkie Chats with a wide range of talented crafters, a private-access Facebook Group and Q&A sessions with our carefully-selected and highly respected tutors! Be sure to check it out!...

Click on the links below to see our Weekend Retreats & Two-Day Workshops in



03.10.20 + 04.10.20

Weekend Retreat &

Two-Day Workshops

Wivenhoe House Hotel,

near Colchester

Join us for a Weekend Retreat of Sewing & Quilting on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th OCTOBER 2020 at the wonderful Wivenhoe House Hotel, in Essex. Also available as a Two-Day Workshop or individual One-Day Workshop courses. Featuring top quilter Sarah Payne and winner of the BBC's Great British Sewing Bee, Heather Jacks.

S&Q: Wivenhoe

Wivenhoe House Hotel, near Colchester

Saturday 03 & Sunday 04 October 2020

Wivenhoe House Hotel

Park Road, Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex CO4 3SQ


Join us for a Weekend Retreat with Overnight Hotel Accommodation PLUS

Two-Day Sewing & Quilting Workshops with Sarah PayneHeather Jacks.

Price includes Tuition, 2 x Full Kits, Lunch & Refreshments on each day!
Those unable to join us for the Retreat can join theTwo-Day Workshops or join in on either the Saturday or Sunday
by selecting the option they prefer  (see below) and booking via our Book Online page
Please note: We are also running a One-Day ScanNCut Workshop and Two-Day Photography Workshop at this venue on the same dates!

You get to make two fabulous projects (you can choose your top & colour). Nearly £50 worth of kits are included in your course price of £145.00 for each day, plus we provide a great lunch & refreshments! In the morning, half of you work with Sarah, half of you work with Heather; then in the afternoon, you swap. 


Sarah Payne - Saturday 3rd October 2020

Free Motion Embroidery

Sarah will show you how you can create a fun design using scraps of fabric and your free motion/embroidery foot on your sewing machine. Learn how to create your design, transfer it onto fabric and then 'draw' it with your sewing machine. This is a fun experimental class and you will end up with one or more raw edged appliqué and free motion stitched block that you can turn into a cushion, frame or use as the basis for a new quilt.

Fully included Kit! RRP £24.99

Heather Jacks - Saturday 3rd October 2020

A practical but beautiful Waterfall top!

Here you will learn French seams, stitch in the ditch and handling a soft fabric to make this loose fitting top. The garment will be finished with a contrast band. Stunning fabrics for you to choose from will be detailed soon. A great top to learn from, and then you can make lots of these for yourself and friends! There will be a choice of materials available.

Fully Included Kit! RRP £25.00

Sarah Payne - Sunday 4th October 2020

Strip Table Runner

Quilt-as-you-go with Sarah's Strip Table Runner! This technique will allow you to create and quilt large projects on a small machine because you will quilt it in small, bite-sized and manageable pieces. Once your block is completed you will quilt it and THEN sew the quilt together. This simple Strip Table Runner will help you get to grips with this technique, so that a double-bed quilt will no longer feel like an impossible task! Sarah will demonstrate how to use  a walking foot and create your masterpiece with or without sashing, and she will explain how the method you use will affect how you work your blocks.

Fully included Kit! RRP £29.99

Heather Jacks Sunday 4th October 2020

The French Curve!

Learn to draft your own sleeve pattern using a French Curve, then translate that to fabric and fit it into a simple top. This is such a useful thing to learn as there's always garments you wish had sleeves in. Once you know how to do this you'll be reinventing your wardrobe! Dont forget, you get the French curve to keep and take home!

Fully included Kit! £RRP £20.00

Kit for Projects will include:-

  • Complete colour pattern with template

  • Fabric

Kit for Projects will include:-

  • Complete pattern with template

  • Fabric in colour/patter choices

  • The French Curve!

What you can expect to achieve:-

Two Projects by Sarah Payne

You may not complete the projects in the time allowed – it is very much dependent on how much you choose to embellish your work and how fast you sew. However you will receive FULL instructions on completing your projects once you get home. All projects are suitable for beginners up!

Two Projects by Heather Jacks

It is likely you will complete Heather's projects in the time allowed. All projects are suitable for beginners up!

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