Yes, you read that right. 'Staycreation' is a collection of long weekends in Devon; where you stay in residential workshops set in amazing countryside locations, crafting and making, whilst enjoying wholesome local food. Sounds good, doesn't it?
It's a great way to slow down, be mindful, and re-connect with the body. In a fast-paced world. A craft break is the ideal tonic - not a laptop or iPad in sight. In fact, craft is the new yoga - a modern “make do and mend”.
The holiday retreats are set in gorgeous venues, from a rural country farm to a Grade II listed property still in the Sir Francis Drake family. You will experience local Devon food, freshly prepared, and each weekend will have a different touch, with participants travelling back home with a personalised goodie bag, together with their own handmade creation.
Autumn retreats will include Adriana Torres, aka Miga de Pan teaching embroidery and exploring ‘secrets’ from her master class ‘The Dancing Cat in my garden’. This is a rare and incredible chance to get a glimpse into her design philosophy, exquisite techniques and extraordinary talent. The next retreat has a twist, ‘Yarn in the Country’, with London based Allison and Rachel from Yarn In The City. The workshops includes plenty of knitting, yarn dyeing, a few woolly surprises, as well as time for chatting.
October sees designer Poppy Treffry getting to grips with ‘Free hand machine embroidery’. Poppy will be on hand to trouble shoot as you learn to scribble, shade and stitch appliqué. Don’t forget to bring your Singer if you have one. Finally for 2016, there will be Anne Kelly, a textile artist, who will explore the theme of ‘Folk Tales’ using universal primitive motifs taken from folk and Scandinavian art; you will make your own designs to create a unique wall hanging.
Heart Home readers can claim a discount of 10% on 2016 retreats by quoting HHM16 over the phone.
Made on Holiday will make a donation to the charity Fine Cell Work, for every booking made. Fine Cell Work (www.finecellwork.co.uk), a social enterprise that trains prisoners in paid, skilled, creative needlework.