2022 Weekend Retreats & Workshops
SEWING & QUILTING

Welcome to our SEWING & QUILTING Weekend Retreat section - yes, we're back!

 

Since the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic first touched us all in March 2020, the vast majority of us have been presented with challenges few could have imagined. In-person events/activities were some of the very first things that changed in our world and, though many of us have found solace in online connections with our beloved pastimes/hobbies via such platforms as Zoom, it seems universally accepted that although online learning is a wonderful opportunity that is here to stay, we still need the direct human connection you get by attending a live event!

 

To that end, and after careful scrutiny of how our chosen venues have adapted to provide secure, safe environments in the 'new normal', we're absolutely delighted to announce our first post-lockdown 'live' Weekend Crafting Retreat, which will take place at Oulton Hall Hotel, in Rothwell, near Leeds, West Yorkshire over the weekend of Friday 02 to Sunday 04 September 2022:-

02-04.09.22

Class times on

Saturday and Sunday

09.30-16.30 (BST)

(with lots of treats in-between!)

 

Weekend Craft Retreat!

Oulton Hall

near Leeds

Sewing & Quilting with

Janet Clare

Sarah Payne

Nicholas Ball

Chris English

Join our fabulous Weekend Craft Retreat at Oulton Hall in September 2022!
 

Oulton Hall Weekend Craft Retreat

Friday 02, Saturday 03 & Sunday 04 September 2022

 

Oulton Hall Hotel

Rothwell   Leeds   West Yorkshire   LS26 8HN   United Kingdom

www.oultonhallhotel.co.uk

 

So, what do we have planned for you?!

This exciting event will feature luminaries of the crafting world who will need little introduction to you - Janet Clare, Sarah Payne, Nicholas Ball and Chris English -

and you get to work with all of them!

 

Each tutor will also deliver a Trunk Show over the Friday & Saturday evenings! There will be a raffle and everyone will walk away with a little something!

Read on for more detail...

CraftyMonkies Weekend Retreat Oulton Hall Hotel, Leeds in September 2022!
CraftyMonkies Weekend Retreat Oulton Hall Hotel, Leeds in September 2022!

Join our fabulous 3-day Weekend Craft Retreat at Oulton Hall, near Leeds: 02-04 September 2022!

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CraftyMonkies Weekend Retreat Oulton Hall Hotel, Leeds in September 2022!
CraftyMonkies Weekend Retreat Oulton Hall Hotel, Leeds in September 2022!

Join our fabulous 3-day Weekend Craft Retreat at Oulton Hall, near Leeds: 02-04 September 2022!

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CraftyMonkies Weekend Retreat Oulton Hall Hotel, Leeds in September 2022!
CraftyMonkies Weekend Retreat Oulton Hall Hotel, Leeds in September 2022!

Join our fabulous 3-day Weekend Craft Retreat at Oulton Hall, near Leeds: 02-04 September 2022!

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CraftyMonkies Weekend Retreat Oulton Hall Hotel, Leeds in September 2022!
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CraftyMonkies Weekend Craft Retreat Oulton Hall, Leeds - September 2022!

The price, for what promises to be a memorable late summer getaway in September 2022 at the wonderful setting of Oulton Hall near Leeds (a venue we used just before lockdown in March 2020), includes  two nights Accommodation (Friday & Saturday evening), Tuition on Saturday & Sunday, a Trunk Show by each of our four tutors over the Friday & Saturday evenings, dinner on Saturday evening, breakfast on Saturday & Sunday morning, with lunch & refreshments served on Saturday & Sunday!

Over the weekend you will get to spend time with each of the four tutors:-

 Sarah Payne & Janet Clare will be in attendance on Friday night & throughout Saturday with our 'dynamic improv duo' Nicholas Ball & Chris English joining the fun on Saturday. As a little bonus treat, our tutors have agreed to each give a Trunk Show over the Friday & Saturday evenings which will give you all a chance to get to know Nicholas, Janet, Sarah & Chris and ask them any questions relevant to their classes, methods, work, and life in general! Sarah & Janet will deliver their Trunk Shows on Friday evening, with Nicholas & Chris doing likewise on the Saturday before they teach throughout Sunday!
 
The Weekend Retreat Workshops will commence at 9.30am on both Saturday & Sunday and we will finish on each of those days at approximately 4.30pm.
All you will need to bring is your sewing machine (although we will have a few on hand to borrow if you are travelling from afar and unable to bring yours), some fat-quarter bundles to use for your classes (more details will be provided nearer the time) and of course your overnight bag! All dietary requirements can be catered for too. Please just email us if you have any other questions! hello@craftymonkies.com
 
This promises to be a highly popular event and prompt booking is highly advisable as places will be limited.
You can secure your place today by visiting our Book Online page!
CraftyMonkies Weekend Craft Retreat Oulton Hall, Leeds - September 2022!
CraftyMonkies Weekend Craft Retreat Oulton Hall, Leeds - September 2022!

Sarah Payne - Saturday 03 September 2022

Hand Sewing - Stitched Dragonfly

Sarah was one of our original teachers here at CraftyMonkies teaching not only online, but also at the previous retreat held at Oulton Hall! When it comes to learning essential techniques (particularly if you are a beginner) she knows how to hold your hand and teach you lots of tips & tricks along the way. Sarah will be teaching on Saturday and so she has put together a lovely hand-sewing class to give you a break from your sewing machine. As a regular retreat attendee, Sarah is always keen to have a bit of hand sewing to keep her hands occupied before dinner on the Saturday night! Sarah will supply you with one of her own stunning Stitched Dragonfly designs and teach you how to stitch it to create a fabulous panel ready to use in one of your quilts, or as a cushion panel. You will learn an easy way to transfer her design onto your fabric, and then Sarah will guide you through a number of different stitches and embellishment possibilities. Don’t worry if you sometimes struggle to thread a needle – Sarah will have already done that for you too!

Janet Clare - Saturday 03 September 2022

Appliqué and Free Motion Masterclass

Janet has a wonderful way of teaching, encouraging you to let your creativity flow and not be too precious along the way. She is well known for her appliqué and free-motion, so why not teach it in person! She has decided to teach Appliqué and Free-Motion in your masterclass, covering all of her techniques but also resulting in you making a picture to frame. You can hang it on your wall when you get home and always remember the time you spent the weekend away with a wonderful selection of people in a fabulous hotel! 

Nicholas Ball - Sunday 04 September 2022

Freehand Curves and Wedges

Nicholas is one of our most popular teaches, well known across the world and his classes sell out within a few days. He is so patient and passionate and now you can experience this for yourself in person!

 

In this fun and freeing class Nicholas will help you to explore how to create movement and shape using freehand curves and wedges. These simple yet effective techniques are a great addition to your improv tool box, especially the curves, which can be coupled with so many other improv piecing methods. He will be sharing all his top tips for sewing curved edges without pins or glue basting, giving you great results, quickly and easily! Once you've sewn a few curves, you'll look at some of the many ways they can be used in your improv compositions. The wedge technique will allow you to create dramatic shapes using straight piecing, which can then be pieced together or appliquéd onto your project. This is a technique-based class, so you'll be getting lots of practice, which you can then build upon to create truly unique quilts. You'll be exploring the techniques step by step, so even if you've never sewn in an improvised way before, you'll soon be embracing a more liberated way of sewing with confidence!

Chris English - Sunday 04 September 2022

Improv Strip Piecing

Anyone who's worked with Chris via our online classes knows he likes to focus on recycling and sustainability. He offers a really laid back approach to teaching; instantly making you feel relaxed and welcome if you have never encountered improv sewing, with lots of laughter along the way! He's so genuinely excited when he helps others create things they never thought they could, this really will be an experience to remember. All he asks is that you bring a shirt and scraps to recycle and he will teach an improv strip piecing crumb block porthole cushion - using the front of the shirt as the cushion fastening with maybe some quilting as well.  That way there’s a finished project for everyone!

CraftyMonkies Weekend Craft Retreat Oulton Hall, Leeds - September 2022!
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Ticketing

For the Oulton Hall Weekend Craft Retreat we are offering TWO ticket options:-

 

Single Occupancy

For the all-inclusive price (please note that any Spa treatments are NOT included) of £595.00, you are guaranteed your own en-suite room within Oulton Hall Hotel.

 

Shared Occupancy

For the all-inclusive price (please note that any Spa treatments are NOT included) of £475.00, you are guaranteed a SHARED en-suite room within Oulton Hall Hotel. If you decide on this option, once you have booked your place we will contact you via email to see whether you would like to share with a friend or family member who is also attending the Weekend Retreat or are happy to be placed with one of your fellow attendees who is not previously known to you.

 

IMPORTANT: Due to the nature of advance bookings & payments needed to secure the tutors, hotel, food and facilities we operate a strict Non-Refund Policy; you are however free to assign another person to take your place on the Retreat, should you be unable to attend for any unforeseen reason. All we ask in that instance is that you give us due advance notice of such an arrangement, should it be necessary.

 

Paying via Instalments

For those of you wishing to pay in full, simply go to our Book Online page and follow the prompts.

 

For those who might be interested in paying via three monthly instalments, we're not able to do this automatically via the website but it can be arranged wholly securely via PayPal. Please email us via hello@craftymonkies.com if paying by three monthly instalments is the payment option you prefer.

All being well, we've covered any questions/queries you might have about this exciting Oulton Hall Weekend Craft Retreat but if there is anything else you'd like to know, please don't hesitate to contact us via email: hello@craftymonkies.com.

CraftyMonkies Weekend Craft Retreat Oulton Hall, Leeds - September 2022!
CraftyMonkies Weekend Craft Retreat Oulton Hall, Leeds - September 2022!