The Spring Residential - March 2019


  • Spring Residential in The Lake District
  • Spring Residential in The Lake District
  • Spring Residential in The Lake District
  • Spring Residential in The Lake District

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  • Spring Residential in The Lake District

    2-10 March 2019 - £4,900 - Sold Out

    8 days of intensive classes | learn hand embroidery techniques with Nicola Jarvis and Jenny Adin-Christie | Enjoy informal evening sessions learning crewel work with Phillipa Turnbull | Evening Lectures | Stay at the Ryebeck Hotel on Lake Windermere

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    Join Jenny Adin-Christie, Nicola Jarvis, and Phillipa Turnbull for an intensive eight-day retreat in the beautiful English Lake District. Study design and technique during dedicated stitching time with each tutor. Small class sizes and superb written instruction on each design mean that this retreat is suitable for all levels. Progress at your own pace and take your needlework to the next level.

    This Retreat begins and ends at The Ryebeck Hotel, Windermere (no travel involved). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

    Nikki's design 

    "Beatrix Potter's conservation work in the Lake District during the later part of her life, specifically reintroducing the indigenous Herdwick sheep, have influenced Nicola's contemporary crewel work project.  This rustic and highly textured wool design will feature a Herdwick surrounded by the magnificent landscape, referencing Beatrix's prize-winning ewes Hilltop Queenie and Waterlily.  

    Students will be guided through a range of traditional crewel stitches used in a modern yet classic interpretation, including Long and Short Shading, Satin Stitch, Couching, French Knots, Bullion Knots and Velvet Stitch.  This evocative and sculptural image will be worked in a range of wools, featuring Appletons, Fine d'Aubusson and actual Herdwick roving wool on a linen twill ground fabric, with the aim of recreating a momento of Beatrix Potter's Lakes."

    More information to follow on the designs being developed for this retreat.

    Student testimonials

    "A big thank is due to you for one of the most stimulating and interesting week that I have had for some time. The mixture of nationalities was great and created interesting conversations, other than embroidery! I certainly hope that I am still on this earth next spring and look forward to another very happy week. The hotel staff were brilliant and nothing was too much trouble. Jenny and Nicola were superb and it was a joy to be taught by them." - Jean, 2018 participant

    "Thank you for this extraordinary retreat which surpasses all my expectations. This is really a dream come true: perfect organisation, wonderful location, talented tutors, excellent food, superb service. In other words a perfect world: just us and embroidery. Nothing else to worry about." - Genevieve, Belguim 2017 & 2018 participant

  • You may secure your place immediately by paying a deposit or the full amount here. Alternatively you may contact us at and we will process your booking manually. A deposit of £500 will be requested upon booking, at which time your booking will be confirmed. Please also read our full Terms & Conditions.

    What is included in the price?

    • All tuition, talks and lectures
    • All materials and instructions required for workshops
    • Loan of all the necessary frames and equipment required for workshops
    • All hotel accommodations for the stated duration of the tour and all coach travel where applicable
    • Meals as stated in the timetable
    • All entry fees for castles, country houses, museums, and other special excursions
    • Refreshments during workshops and lectures
    • Airport transfers (transfers from train stations are not included)

    What is not included in the price?

    • Travel to and from the Retreat (except airport transfers)
    • Personal expenditure at hotels, excursions and events, e.g. bar, laundry, telephone, IT, meal extras beyond anything that has already been arranged as part of the Retreat
    • Additional tips and gratuities at your discretion


    You may pay the entire amount at the point of booking. Alternatively, you may pay in instalments as follows:

    1. £500 deposit payable on booking
    2. 50% of payment no later than 1 year prior to start date (or on booking if booking made after that date)
    3. 100% of payment no later than 6 months prior to start date (or on booking if booking made after that date)

    If you would like a different payment schedule, please contact us.

    Payment methods

    • Payment can be made by Bank Draft/Transfer
    • If you are paying from a foreign bank account, we recommend using TransferWise. This is a service designed specifically for foreign currency transfers and offers the cheapest fees (much cheaper than your bank would charge for an international transfer)
    • We also accept payments by credit card or debit card or by UK cheque
    • We do not accept Paypal for payments other than the deposit
  • Installments will be required as follows:

    Deposit on booking
    50% to be received 1 year months prior to departure date
    100% to be received 6 months prior to departure date

    In the event of cancellation, refunds are applied as follows:

    You, or any member of your party, may cancel your travel arrangements at any time. Written notification from the person who made the booking or your travel agent must be received at our offices by email. Since we incur costs in cancelling your travel arrangements, refunds are applied as follows:
    Less than 6 months before departure date - no refund
    6 months to 1 year prior to departure date - 50% of price of holiday
    More than 1 year prior to holiday - 100% refund (minus deposit)

    Note: If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. If, at any point, we are able to fill your place with someone from our waiting list, we will notify you of any refund that can be made. All refunds in this case are at the Organiser’s discretion.

    Note: If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. 

    Your Health

    It is important that you inform us of any health issues or food allergies, etc, at the time of booking. Wheelchair users should please note that, due to the historic focus of our Retreats, most of the venues are extremely old and do not have good accessibility. If you have mobility or health issues and are not sure to what extent these might affect your enjoyment of the vacation, please contact to discuss.

    Travel Arrangements

    It is your responsibility to make all travel arrangements to the Retreat in time for the welcome meeting on the first day, and from the Retreat on the final day. Transfers from and to the stated recommended airport are included in the price (please speak to us for specific conditions associate with this). Transfers are not included for the Totally Crewel Work Workshop in September. For specific travel advice, please speak to us at

    Alterations to the programme

    The Organisers reserve the right to make additions, alterations and/or substitutions, without notice, to the itinerary/tutors or any other part of the programme in the event of unforeseen circumstances, or to improve the student experience.

    Liability and Insurance

    The Organisers have used their best endeavours to ensure that all goods, services and facilities provided in respect of the Retreat have been supplied, delivered, arranged or otherwise made available by properly qualified companies, organisations and individuals. They cannot, however, accept any responsibility for damage, loss or injury, howsoever caused, to participants or those accompanying them, or their belongings, as a consequence of their attendance during the days spent at the Retreat or at any of the Special Excursions or Events, or in the event that any part of the programme cannot be delivered. In the event that The Organisers have to cancel the Retreat, their liability shall be limited to refunding all monies they have received up to the time of cancellation.

    All students are advised to take out their own insurance, in respect of, but not limited to, travel, cancellation, loss of payments made, medical and personal effects, etc. The importance of doing this at the earliest possible stage cannot be over-emphasised.

    We are a member of travel regulator ABTA. Our membership number is Y6352

    Please read our full Terms & Conditions.

Prefer to call?
Call us on +44 ( 0 )1768 353 683

Book with confidence. We are a member of ABTA                        (Member No. Y6352)

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Prefer to call?
Call us on +44 ( 0 )1768 353 683

Book with confidence. We are a member of ABTA                        (Member No. Y6352)

ABTA logo

Prefer to call?
Call us on +44 ( 0 )1768 353 683

Book with confidence. We are a member of ABTA                        (Member No. Y6352)

ABTA logo

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