Join Anna Nikipirowicz in West Yorkshire for six days of workshops and yarn-themed excursions. On this retreat, visit the collection of the Knitting & Crochet Guild, a treasure trove of textile wonders, housed in a former mill in Slaithwaite. Our learning continues with mill tours of British Wool in Bradford and West Yorkshire Spinners. There will also be the opportunity for some local sightseeing as we spend some time in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saltaire Village.
Anna's workshops will centre round a colourwork project, inspired by the patterns and tradition of knitting in Yorkshire Dales. We will work on fingerless gloves using traditional patterns of the Yorkshire Dales, practising holding two yarns in one hand or two hands in preferable. We will be working in the round using Double Pointed Needles and will even have a go at using the traditional Yorkshire sheath. There will also be the opportunity to knit a Yorkshire Rose to use it as an embellishment for the gloves or a brooch.
Meet Anna and your tour manager at the 4-star Leonardo Bradford. Set in the heart of Bradford city, your hotel is close to City Park and the Alhambra Theatre.
This evening, meet your fellow knitters for dinner in the hotel.
We start today with a visit to British Wool in Bradford, the perfect opportunity to see the earlier stage of processing and learn about wool. British Wool demonstrate the unique characteristics of British sheep breeds and offer a walk around their grading depot.
After, we will travel to Saltaire Village. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is named after Sir Titus Salt who built a textile mill, known as Salts Mill. On the river Aire, the village was famous for producing high end luxury fabrics, and samples of his cloth can be seen in Salts Mill. Enjoy free time to explore at leisure and have lunch.
This afternoon we will visit West Yorkshire Spinners. Spun in Yorkshire, they create beautiful British yarn with care, innovation and expertise. We will enjoy a tour of their mill and have the opportunity to browse the pop-up shop.
The collection of the Knitting & Crochet Guild is a treasure trove of textile wonders. Housed in a former mill, in the Colne Valley village of Slaithwaite, it is at the heart of Yorkshire textile production. Visitors will see the huge range of textiles, publications, tools and yarns in the collection. You will receive an annual membership, with lots of member benefits! Find out more on their website.
Return to Bradford for some free time for lunch, followed by another workshop with Anna.
After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel.
Information on Knitting & Crochet Guild Annual Membership: All guests joining this tour will receive an annual membership to the guild. This enables you to obtain free vintage patterns and enjoy all the other member benefits. Click here to find out more.
Anyone who is already a member will have a year added on to their existing membership or you can choose to gift the membership to a friend or relative, or decline it.
Tour notes: You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness to get the most out of this holiday. On excursion days you will need to walk a short distance from the hotel/ship to the coach and you should be able to board the coach unaided. On arrival at the excursion destination, you should be able to alight the coach unaided and there may be a walk between the coach drop off point and the excursion venue. By their nature, walking tours, museum visits etc involve being on your feet for a significant amount of time. Whilst our excursions are taken at a leisurely pace, for the enjoyment of everyone in the group you should be able to keep up with your fellow travellers.
You will stay for five nights at the 4-star Leonardo Hotel Bradford.