We are so excited to welcome 14 fabulous ladies back again to the Ryebeck Hotel on the edge of Lake Windermere in The Lake District for our 3rd Spring Residential Needlework Retreat. We have exclusive use of the hotel all week so we have no distractions from our classes and no strangers hurrying us down the hallway to breakfast! It snowed yesterday so it couldn't be cosier as we sit and stitch.
We have been thinking hard at the CWC about how we should build up to Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding. After all, their wedding will be the last major Royal bash for a while (apart from a potential coronation that is!) so we better make the most of it!
You would be forgiven for not knowing a thing about Ardverikie House. It is not exactly on the tourist trail. Even if you did find yourself in the deepest darkest Cairngorms (a place few will grace in their lifetime), you could happily zoom past the entrance of this Victorian hunting lodge without ever knowing it was there. You might, if you’re quick, glance the turreted gatehouse (pictured above), but the filthy weather, dark skies and the perilous A86 will pull your attention back to the road as you negotiate the corner and press on to Fort William. What lies beyond the entrance will remain an enigma to you, as it will to most people.
In March, our New Talent Auburn Claire Lucas taught an experienced group of international embroiderers at the Spring Residential Retreat in The Lake District. You can read a full account of the Retreat here. Read on to see what Auburn got up to.
Auburn Clair Lucas is a young professional hand embroiderer who has just graduated from the Royal School of Needlework's Future Tutor Programme. Auburn has been chosen by the School to receive support from Lady Anne's Retreats in 2017 as part of the join partnership The RSN Lady Anne's Retreats New Talent Programme. You can read about the programme which was launched this year here.
This is Carrie's beautifully completed workshop project from Phillipa's 'Rarely Seen Stitches' class which she taught during The Spring Residential in March. Thank you for sharing it Carrie, we can see you've really enjoyed those Laid & Couched Work variations.
As the Spring Residential drew to a close on Saturday morning we waved goodbye and reflected on what was truly an enchanting week. New friends made, new skills learned and renewed vigour in our passion for needlework.
In 2018 we will be embarking on our next big adventure - The All England Needlework Tour, Part I. This Retreat will be the first in a new three part series exploring needlework in some of the most beautiful parts of England.
We are delighted to announce that your project will be taught by the renowned embroiderer Alison Cole. Alison is well-known for her inspiring teaching style and is a jewel in the crown of the Australian embroidery world. The subject of her project will be this beautifully preserved 17th century embroidered Gentleman's Nightcap. You will use conservation standard silks and metal threads to apply the same techniques and colours as featured on the original.
Lisa Lyttle, who took part in our 2015 Scottish Highlands Tour recently sent us photos of her completed project piece, which was brilliantly taught by our regular visiting tutor Meredith Willett during the Tour. These two beautiful interpretations of the original design Phoebe Anne Traquair's 'The Progress of a Soul', which is currently held at The National Museums of Scotland in Edinburgh, were stitched by Lisa and her sister.
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