Back for a 2nd year!  Knitting, Patchwork & Quilting, Crochet, Cross Stitch

Join... BBC TV's Stuart Hillard, Debbie Abrahams, Jane Crowfoot, Jane Greenoff, Janice Gunner, Karin Hellaby, Carol Meldrum, Jennie Rayment & Sally White

4 days of workshops & talks for all abilities with top experts. Learn new skills, hone existing ones, try Bernina sewing machines & spend time with likeminded people in a friendly environment – it’s all covered at the Stitchtopia Festival 2014. Includes 3 nights’ accommodation, breakfast, dinner, participation in classes & talks, free kits for many workshops, tea/coffee during the day, free use of leisure & health club with indoor pool.

Craft-lovers will be in heaven at Stitchtopia 2014; the annual event promises to deliver even more from the worlds of crochet,  knitting, cross stitch, patchwork and quilting with top masterclasses from leading names in the business. This is the ultimate event for knitters, stitchers, quilters and fabric and fibre lovers of all levels of experience - all in the company of like minded people.

New to this year’s festival is Stuart Hilliard star of the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee. Stuart is an avid quilter and will be running his own patchwork and applique sessions. Festival goers will also have a chance to chat with Stuart after his evening talk on his time on the Sewing Bee, and discover how he’d never even made a skirt before he became a part of the show!

The event is also crammed full of experts from all areas of the crafting spectrum, including Stitchtopia regulars, such as knitting and bead work expert, Debbie Abrahams; knitting and crochet specialist, Jane Crowfoot and well-respected author and patchwork and quilting professional, Karin Hellaby. The festival will offer something for everyone with guests getting the chance to make something new, learn new skills and meet like-minded people who share their passion for craft. All of the nine experts are offering workshops where craft-lovers can make anything from a Fair Isle mobile phone case to lace trimmed cuffs. Plus there will be a chance to try your hand at state-of-the-art Bernina sewing machines.

The classes will encompass knitting, crochet and stitching and will cover techniques such as bead knitting, hand patchwork, embroidery, and machine quilting to name but a few – a full list of classes will be sent to all participants. You can sign up to as many as you wish and classes are subject to maximum numbers and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The majority will be half day sessions with full day options on the second day.

With such a varied programme of events there really is something for everyone – whether you want to learn something new or simply spend time doing something that you enjoy with experienced tutors on hand to inspire and lend a hand.

The Stitchtopia five-day break takes place at Wyboston Lakes, which is set in 350 acres of rural landscape just off the A1 between Cambridge and Bedford.  Guests will be accommodated in the stylish Willows Hotel at the complex, all rooms include a double bed, ensuite bathroom, TV, Wifi and free day pass to the health and fitness club. The hotel also boasts an 18-hole golf course perfect for ‘craft widowers’ to happily while away the hours.

From £539 per person, with no single supplements 

DAY PASSES ANNOUNCED

You can buy a Day Pass for Tuesday 18 & Wednesday 19 February for £65 per person (including choice of classes and 2 course lunch). Call 01473 660800 for details and to book.

Find out about all the classes, accommodation and booking by following the links.