Weekend Retreats & Workshops

QUILTING Masterclasses

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Two questions we often get asked are: 'Are your courses suitable for beginners?' 'Do you have a machine I can borrow? 'The answer to both is a resounding: 'YES'! We have a limited number of machines available on a first come/first served basis, so please ask us when you book! Beginners & proficient crafters alike can join in with learning, fun, friendship (and cake, always cake)! On a CraftyMonkies Course/Workshop/Retreat, we want you to learn techniques that perhaps you only dreamt of being able to do or improve techniques you'll be able to use on future projects of your own to expand your creative horizons! On these courses you will learn many different quilting techniques, about quilting terminology, qualities of fabric, seam allowances, piecing techniques, pressing basics, quilt blocks, borders and so much more! Our expert tutors have written books, toured the world, taught may pupils and are considered to be at the top of the quilting field.

Our upcoming and totally unique Quilting Masterclasses in 2020 see us offering you retreats and two NEW One-Day Quilting Masterclass Workshops (and, yes, you can attend BOTH days, as each event offers different quilting projects!) We're also going to make sure there are different projects on every Quilting Masterclass course, so that if you want to come again you wont be making the same thing!

 

The following dates are currently available (with more being added in the coming months!):-

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th October 2020 at Wokefield Estate Hotel, nr Reading (workshop or retreat)

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th May 2021at Doxford  Hall, Alnwick, Northumberland (workshop or retreat)

Please do keep checking our website and social media platforms InstagramFacebook and Twitter to see new courses being announced for 2020! Don't forget that non sewing partners can also come along and enjoy the hotel accommodation, and we have other courses running at the same time that they may be interested in!

27.06.20 + 28.06.20

Screen-Printing & Quilting Masterclass Retreat &

Two-Day Workshops

Gartmore House Hotel,

near Stirling

POSTPONED until 2021, due to Covid-19 pandemic - new dates to follow...

 

Gartmore House Hotel, near Stirling

Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 June 2020

Gartmore House Hotel

Gartmore, Stirling, FK8 3RS, Scotland

 

POSTPONED due to current Covid-19 pandemic!

New dates in 2021 to be confirmed in due course...

Join us for a Weekend Retreat with Overnight Hotel Accommodation PLUS

our One-Day Screen-Printing and One-Day Quilting Masterclass Workshops with Sarah Payne.

Price includes Tuition, Printing/Fabric Kits (overnight stay, dinner and breakfast if you choose) 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.
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Wow! This is going to be a fantastic, unique, fun, educational and super creative retreat for anyone with or without any experience of screen-printing or quilting. How would you like the opportunity to take one of your own designs and create some bespoke fabric, and then use it to make your very own unique quilt? Well you will get the opportunity to do just that with Sarah Payne in a gorgeous Scottish mansion! Don’t worry if you have absolutely no idea what to design, or have never done this before. Sarah is there to hold your hand every step of the way. It's no longer just celebrities who get their own fabric range: now you do too! You can choose to do both days and create a unique piece of art, or simply come on either day. The choice is yours!

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Please note

If you would just prefer to attend the Quilting Masterclass and not attend the Screenprinting on Saturday 27th June, you are absolutely free to do so by just signing up for the One-Day Quilting Masterclass within the Pay: In Full' and/or 'Pay: Instalments' booking sections of our website.

Sarah Payne - Saturday 27th June 2020

Design and Screenprint Your Own Fabric

It's time to get screen-printing! Top crafter Sarah Payne will help you design your own 7" x 5" screen-printing screen. You can use an existing image you have already created, draw your own on the day or choose one from a selection. Sarah will then use your image to create your very own unique screen using the Myos machine. Once this is dry (about 30 mins) you will be able to print away! You will be given a piece of fabric to print on, but you can choose to bring more if you wish. You will be free to print in a selection of colours for as long as you like! Once heat-set these prints will be fully washable. How fabulous! What will yours be?

Our included kit on the day is:

  • Your very own screen to take home with you.

  • A frame so you can continue to print from your personalised screen once you get home.

  • 1m of plain fabric to print on.

  • Inks

Sarah Payne - Sunday 28th June 2020

Quilting Masterclass 

You can choose from a selection of patterns and then get quilting! Sarah Payne will be able to offer you quilt or cushion designs so you can work whatever size you like. You will learn every stage of the process, and if you have attended day 1 you will be using your own unique fabric along with the fat 1/4s supplied in your kit.

Our included kit on the day is:

  • Fat ¼ bundle of fabric to make your quilt.

  • A full quilt pattern – you can choose from a selection of designs

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10.10.20 + 11.10.20

Quilting Masterclass Weekend Retreat &

Two-Day Workshops

Wokefield Estate Hotel,

Berkshire

Join us for a Weekend Retreat of Quilting on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October 2020 at the wonderful Wokefield Estate Hotel, near Reading. Also available as a Two-Day Workshop or individual One-Day Workshop courses. Featuring top quilters Jennie Rayment and Sarah Payne.

 

Wokefield Estate Hotel, near Reading

Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 October 2020

De Vere Wokefield Estate Hotel

Goodboy's Lane, Mortimer Common, Reading RG7 3AE

 

Join us for a Weekend Retreat with Overnight Hotel Accommodation PLUS

our Two-Day Quilting Masterclass Workshops with Jennie RaymentSarah Payne.

Price includes Tuition, 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 Two-Day Photography Workshop at this venue on the same dates!
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On this fabulous retreat (complete with steam-room & pool facilities!), two leading lights of the quilting world - Jennie Rayment and Sarah Payne - will teach you several quilting techniques that you can take away and use for a whole variety of quilting projects. Sarah will teach on the Saturday and Jennie will teach on the Sunday. You can come to one of the days, both of the days, or book yourself the entire Weekend Retreat which includes both days, an overnight stay, dinner, breakfast, lunch both days and refreshments!

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Sarah Payne - Saturday 10th October 2020

Quilting Masterclass - Easy shapes make quick quilts

 

On Saturday 10th October Sarah Payne is here to hold your hand if you have ever fancied learning to quilt but never quite had the courage to give it a try. On this one-day workshop Sarah will teach you how to make the most out of your available fabric, and create fun quilts quickly. Learn how to make and combine squares, half square triangles and quarter square triangles to create blocks and quilts of different shapes and sizes. A useful trick is to add borders to increase your quilt size to meet your needs, Sarah will teach you this very valuable lesson.

 

This class is suitable for beginners as well as improvers because you will be learning quick cutting and sewing techniques that will last you a lifetime. There will be full instructions for all the methods covered in the class for you to refer back to.

 

Jennie Rayment - Sunday 11th October 2020

Quilting Masterclass 

On Sunday 11th October you will explore the exciting possibilities for patchwork play with the 'Queen of Quilting' Jennie Rayment. We've titled this one; Hexagonal Happenings!

From triangles, diamonds and hexagons you will create a multitude of 3D and diametrically different designs and learn to play with the pieces. Conquer those tricky Y seams or cheat at construction and take the angst out of piecing! It’s Jennie’s magical methods with material. Create one or two panels featuring Tumbling Blocks and more or try your hand at a St David's Star (full pattern available). Machine or hand sewing - this is a delightful doddle, ideal for all. .

Come play!

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08.05.21 + 09.05.20

Quilting Masterclass Weekend Retreat &

Two-Day Workshops

Doxford Hall Hotel,

Northumberland

Join us for a Weekend Retreat of Quilting on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th May 2021 at the wonderful Doxford Hall Hotel, near Alnwick. Also available as a Two-Day Workshop or individual One-Day Workshop courses. Featuring top quilters Jennie Rayment and Sarah Payne.

Doxford Hall Hotel, near Alnwick

Saturday 08 & Sunday 09 May 2021

Doxford Hall Hotel & Aqueous Spa

Chathill, Alnwick, Northumberland NE67 5DN

 

Join us for a Weekend Retreat with Overnight Hotel Accommodation PLUS

our Two-Day Quilting Masterclass Workshops with Jennie RaymentSarah Payne.

Price includes Tuition, 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!
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On this fabulous retreat (complete with Spa!), two leading lights of the quilting world - Jennie Rayment and Sarah Payne - will teach you several quilting techniques that you can take away and use for a whole variety of quilting projects. Sarah will teach on the Saturday and Jennie will teach on the Sunday. You can come to one of the days, both of the days, or book yourself the entire Weekend Retreat which includes both days, an overnight stay, dinner, breakfast, lunch both days and refreshments, plus you can use the Spa! Not only that, on the Saturday night after dinner, Sarah will be providing you with a lovely chat about her Himalayan Quilting adventures and showing you the most beautiful quilts!

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Sarah Payne - Saturday 8th May 2021

Machine/Hand-Edged Applique Masterclass

On Saturday Sarah Payne is here to hold your hand if you have ever fancied learning to create applique designs but never quite have the courage to give it a try. On this one-day workshop you will work on an applique panel that you can turn into a cushion or a centre panel for a quilt. Sarah will guide you through different techniques that you can use to create a unique work of art. Sarah will supply you with templates for a number of different designs so you can make something you are going to treasure.

Sarah will cover:

  • Machine sewn raw edged applique

  • Machine stitched needle turned applique

  • Hand Applique using the drawn thread method

You can choose from a traditional Baltimore style applique design or a more graphic design such as the Birdsong design below. Whatever design you choose, you will be sure to create a unique piece that you will treasure for ever.

Jennie Rayment - Sunday 9th May 2021

Patchwork Masterclass

On Sunday 17th May you will explore the exciting possibilities for patchwork play with the 'Queen of Quilting' Jennie Rayment with just two contrasting fabric colours. From simple squares and a couple of strips, discover how to create a variety of traditional pieced designs from Snail's Trail, Hunter's Star to Delectable Mountains.

 

Learn to work with half and quarter square triangles, get the gist of the grain, understand the intricacies of perfect seams, points and so much more. Make one of the patterns into a bag or explore all three techniques for future use. The 'Queen of Quilting' will guide you through every step of the way! Machine or hand sewing if preferred. No templates required - just cut and sew!...

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