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Friday, 14 September 2018

September knitting and crochet workshop at knitting holidays in France

Our knitting and crochet workshop with the lovely Carol Meldrum has just come to an end. We have had a week of sunshine and stitching. We had decided to make this workshop a design your own project but all the guests opted to make Carol's gorgeous book cover, choosing a colour scheme from inspiration they had found our brought with them.


The workshop started with a lesson on colour theory and how to use a colour wheel, then a few sample swatches.




 







The week before the workshop started Culli and I finally moved in to the cottage next door to the Barn. It has been brilliant living on site at last, I have been enjoying early morning walks with the dogs as the sun comes up and can pop home to find things any time during the day.


On Tuesday we went to Cognac for the compulsory yarn fix at 'My Little Mailles', then Wednesday morning a wander around the market and some fabric and sweet shopping in St Jean d'Angely.














By last night everyone had finished their book covers.


Carol's sample book covers


Eileen's book cover, inspired by a rug from Afghanistan


Robyn's book cover


Katherine and Clare's book covers inspired by the colourful designs by Gudrun Sjoden



Mandy's book cover inspired by a plate from Morocco


Katrin's book cover








And some of them even had time to make some crochet tubs



Sunday, 8 July 2018

July knitting and crochet retreat at Knitting holidays in France

The last retreat of the summer has just finished, in this group we had three of our regular visitors and five new ones - including two lovely ladies who came all the way from Canada. As always after the first half an hour they were all chatting away like old friends.
On the first day we went to St Jean d'Angely to see the Fil en Fete exhibition. This is held every two years and is a lovely mix of old and contemporary patchwork, quilting and embroidery, displayed in all the old public buildings around the town.
























After a coffee, it was home to relax in the sun with their projects and cool off in the swimming pool.



On Wednesday some of us braved the rain and thunderstorms for a trip to the yarn shop in Cognac, but it was shut!! (mental note to myself, must remember it is closed on Wednesday afternoons!) We made up for it in Tissus Mercerie buying fabric, buttons and trimmings.
On Thursday afternoon we went back to Cognac and spent lots of money in the yarn shop and listened to some of the music at the Blues Festival. Cognac Blues Passion is on every year in the first week of July.





On the last evening we had a show and tell of the projects, a gorgeous mix of shawls, vintage sweaters and crochet

















And now the long awaited sunflowers have finally flowered