Only a few weeks to go until the next exciting Craft Sanctuary event at the lovely Cranage Hall in Holmes Chapel.
These friendly, informal groups full of happy stitchers and creative energy are a great way to have some me time.
Many embroiderers and crafters are heard to say “ I do this because I find it therapeutic”. Well it is now being proven to be the case that time spent stitching is excellent brain therapy, releasing lots of calming chemicals.
Japanese embroidery offers just that. It’s not about getting from A to B in the fastest time, it is about immersing yourself in each stitch, colour and flowing line to make embroidery a calming, relaxing experience.
The Japanese Sakura fan project has been designed by our Maire Curtis studio to bring some new stitches to your repertoire which can be applied to a number of projects including needle point.
Perhaps you are quite familiar with these stitches already in which case you can enjoy sewing this elegant design with a group of like minded people.
Japanese embroidery is usually associated with complex designs stitched with incredibly fine silk but with just a little bit of know how, we can achieve the same results using stranded threads readily available from any haberdashery supplier or craft store.
Some of the techniques such as Saishiko and Kogin do not require a hoop, so are simple and effective ways of creating a design on a larger area without too much effort or fancy equipment especially when stitched with the wonderful range of variegated threads that DMC offer.
Lucie Heaton will join you on Sunday with a selection of four lovely Chinese latern cross stitch motifs to choose from which she has specially design for the retreat.
She will be teaching you the tricks of the trade for stitching onto 14 count plastic canvas, you can whip up bookmarks, keyrings or charms in this fun and colourful workshop.
Your venue – Cranage Hall, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire
Home to the world renowned Peak District, Cheshire is a captivating county boasting unspoiled
sweeping landscapes dotted with quaint market towns and villages.
Formerly the country seat of the Armistead family, De Vere Cranage Estate is still very much a rural retreat today, tucked away in a peaceful corner of Cheshire and is the perfect setting in which to learn historic embroidery techniques.
Designed by celebrated British architect Lewis Wyatt, red brick, warm yellow sandstone and pretty green lawns wait to greet you at this Grade II listed building.
Here 21st century style complements the rich heritage of the building; creating an eclectic mix of historic and new, with a choice of traditional and modern spaces; the house offers a wonderful backdrop for elegant weddings and memorable events alike.
Seasonal eating is a big feature here. Enjoy freshly cooked dishes at the Tempus Restaurant & Bar or soak up the laid-back atmosphere at the outdoor terrace. Whilst upstairs rich décor and stylish furnishings ensure bedrooms provide a welcome place for relaxation.
Unlimited tea, coffee and snacks are available throughout the workshops to keep you satisfied throughout the day.
Outside, you can wander through 20 acres of private gardens before popping indoors to enjoy the heated swimming pool, sauna, spa or gym. Alternatively, cosy up next to the roaring fire and just stitch!
To find out more and book your tickets visit the Craft Sanctuary website.