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Friday, 23 July 2010

Knitting workshop in France September 2012

Tutors Debbie Abrahams and Jane Crowfoot. Email for further details.

This workshop aims to give participants the chance to play around and experiment with the crafts of knitting and crochet in order to create a piece of constructed textile design which could be used as the basis for an interior decoration piece.
Participants will be encouraged to work on small knitted or crochet samples which whilst enhancing their skills will each become part of a larger patchwork piece. Techniques shown will include colour work, textural work, colour theory, beading and embellishing in the mediums of both knitting and crochet.
A good amount of yarn will be provided, but participants are asked to bring along pieces from their stash to use or swap with others. It is a good idea to also bring along beads, buttons, lace and ribbon which could be incorporated within the textile piece.
Participants need to have a knowledge of knitting stitches and should be able to understand knitting terminology – the ability to crochet is not essential.


Large twin rooms are still available at £725 per head, non-knitting partners are welcome. There are also a few single rooms left at £825 per head, the price includes the workshops, transfers from Poitiers airport or station, all transport whilst staying at the Château, all meals taken at the Château with wine. What is not included: Travel to Poitiers from your home destination, entrance fees to some places of interest, any snacks/meals consumed on excursions.

The Château
Château de St. Julien l’Ars is situated just east of Poitiers on the outskirts of the sleepy village of St Julien l’Ars. The village is just a few minutes walk away and has a boulangerie, grocery store, bar tabac and café. This fairytale castle is owned by American Architect Nash Gubelman and his artist wife Linda Softing, their passion for the château and any artistic pursuit makes it the ideal venue for workshops. To see details of the history of the building visit
The peace and serenity of the château can be felt the moment you pass through the large gates, beneath the 100 ft. Gothic spire of the village church and into the castle courtyard. The 56 acre grounds feature walking trails and private corners to sit and relax with your knitting or a book.

All meals will be taken together in the ground floor dining room and consist of a buffet breakfast and lunch and a three course dinner with house wine. The workshops will be held in the reception room on the first floor of the château, a beautiful light and airy room with triple aspect windows or outside, weather permitting. There are two lounge areas for relaxation, a small library, terraces at the front and back of the property and 56 acres of beautiful parkland to explore.

Travel arrangements – it is the responsibility of each individual guest to arrange their own transport to Poitiers, we are more than happy to offer advice on flights, trains and ferries please contact for further details.

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