France knit and crochet workshops 2014

Where to start with all the travels I’ve been on lately. My knitting and I have been on quiet a few adventures over the past month, France, Ireland and slightly closer to home Dundee and Edinburgh all in the name of spreading the word of knit & crochet.  But I guess I best start at the beginning, far to much to fit into one post!

France June 2014

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After an anxious few days waiting to hear whether the French Air Traffic control strike would be cancelled I set off for France for a spot of teaching a lovely group of ladies all about mixing up knit & crochet.  Armed with lot’s of notes & ideas I was looking forward to individually tailoring the classes to fit  everyone’s needs and hopefully showing that you don’t have to follow a pattern exactly along with a blank canvas bag project folk could work on and embellish adding their own personality.

We were staying  with Sue, Cullli  the most fantastic hosts along with Buddy & Bebop the golden retrievers in a converted farmhouse in the small rural village of La Verderie in the heart of Cognac country.

We set up camp in the converted barn studio, the perfect place to be creative and relax, getting to know one another with a spot of crochet in the morning, then off to the near by town of Saint Jean d’Angely  for the biannual exhibition  of  Le fil en fete . The exhibition took us on a trail around the town to 9 different venues showing a wonderful mix of fabric and stitch works of art, just what we needed for a source of inspiration at the start of the week for embellishing our bags!

Where did the time go, we managed to pack so much in from days out to local towns and events

I’m amazed everyone managed to be so productive, it was a pleasure guiding  folk along the way and watching their ideas and confidence grow

So impressed with the end results

After all that hard work it was most certainly time for well deserved refreshments….Where’s my straw!

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Bottoms up

I can’t speak highly enough of our hosts Sue & Culli, if you ever fancy a week away in France then look no further.

Counting the days until I’m back next year in October.

Carol x

 

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