The Middle East

Destination Overview

Embark on a crafting holiday to the Middle East, where textiles encompass a wide range of techniques, materials, and wonderfully intricate designs. These traditions have been cultivated for centuries, with each region contributing its unique style. The Silk Road in particular has influenced distinctive patterns and fabrics, with Islamic art and calligraphy being beautifully incorporated into textiles and handwoven rugs and carpets.

A land of ancient wonders, a crafting holiday to Jordan offers an in-depth look into the world of Middle Eastern crafts. Here, textile traditions are deeply rooted in the cultural fabric. Or, you could venture to Oman, where the artistry extends beyond textiles to traditional henna designs. Local artists create detailed patterns on hands and feet using henna, a natural dye, which is seen not just as a form of adornment, but a cultural expression that carries deep significance.

Explore these many fascinating inspirations in expert-led workshops and indulge in your crafting passion as you learn new skills and techniques. You’ll also have time to explore incredible sites such as the Tiraz Centre, which is home to spectacular collections of Palestinian, Jordanian and Arab traditional dress, and enjoy retail therapy as we stroll through vibrant souks. Let us inspire your next crafting journey with our remarkable experiences…


2 Holidays available from £2,495pp

Textiles

In the captivating country of Jordan, enjoy hand-stitching workshops and explore the Jordan River and the famous archaeological site of Petra.

  • 9 nights half-board accommodation including 1 night in a deluxe tent at the Rum Magic Luxury Camp in Wadi Rum
  • 4 lunches
  • Workshops with your expert, kit and tea/coffee included
  • Local workshop at Tiraz Centre
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Gratuities for driver and local guide
  • Coach travel as detailed in the itinerary
  • Travel package includes return flights from London to Amman with 1 piece of checked luggage
  • Entrance fees and excursions

Availability:

  • 2024 16th September
Travel Options
  • By Air By Air
  • Join Direct Join Direct
Patchwork & Quilting
Textiles

Join Karin Hellaby and discover the textiles of the Arabian Peninsula as you explore the countries of Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

  • Return flights from London to Dubai and Muscat to London with 1 piece of checked luggage included
  • 11 nights accommodation on bed and breakfast, plus 7 lunches and 10 dinners
  • 1 full and 1 half day workshop with Karin and tour accompanied by Karin throughout
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Services of an experienced Arena Travel Tour Manager

Availability:

  • 2024 14th October
Travel Options
  • By Air By Air

Meet the
Experts

Each holiday is accompanied by a passionate, enthusiastic expert who specialises in their craft, allowing you to learn different techniques and improve your skills from the best!

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Karin Hellaby

Karin Hellaby

Internationally renowned quilt teacher Karin Hellaby is the author of 11 quilting books and numerous patterns. She is a regular teacher at the Houston International Quilt Show and has been invited to teach at quilting symposiums in New Zealand, Dubai, Paducah and more.
Janet Clare

Janet Clare

Janet Clare is an artist, textile designer, teacher, author, quilter and all-round creative thinker. She is inspired by words, sayings and lovely phrases that she comes across and also by children and the joy they find in the mundane.
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