Textiles

Overview

Anyone who loves textile and costume will love Stitchtopia’s textile tours! From Thailand, Laos and Cambodia to culture-clad Indonesia and awe-inspiring Japan, we explore some of the world’s most fascinating countries, discovering the cultures and people, both past and present, whose creative and technical skills produce the beautiful woven, painted, printed, and embroidered fabrics that are used for ceremonial events, and are part of a colourful, everyday life. 

Every country has its iconic, ‘must-see’ sights, and these are complemented by the perfect blend of textile visits, including prominent museums and private collections. Workshops with skilled local craftspeople are a chance to try your hand at different techniques of dyeing, weaving, or stitching, and there is always the all-important opportunity to shop for fabric, beads and embellishments, traditional handicrafts, and perhaps a bespoke souvenir!

Alongside one of our friendly, passionate experts, you can travel in the knowledge that you’ll be sharing truly special experiences with a small group of like-minded, kindred spirits. Want to venture further and broaden your textile horizons by getting off the beaten track? Then take a look at our wonderful collection of textile holidays, which has been crafted to help you do just that.

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15 Holidays available from £499pp

Patchwork & Quilting
Festival

By far the most popular event in our programme, Stitchtopia Festival is back! This is the ultimate weekend residential event for all crafters.

  • 2 nights full-board accommodation, from dinner on Friday to lunch on Sunday
  • Up to 4 half-day workshops with our experts, kit cost extra
  • Unlimited tea and coffee during workshop breaks
  • Evening talks and entertainment

Availability:

  • 2024 8th March
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Textiles

Join our expert, award-winning textile artist Janice Gunner, on an amazing trip exploring the textiles, culture and sights of South Korea.

  • Return economy class flight from London to Seoul with 1 piece of checked luggage
  • Internal flights from Busan to Jeju Island and Jeju Island to Seoul
  • 13 nights bed and breakfast accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • 7 dinners
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager and an English-speaking local guide
  • Coach travel, sightseeing, entrance fees and workshops as described

Availability:

  • 2024 22nd April 23rd April
Travel Options
  • By Air By Air
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Textiles

From the capital of Lima to colonial Arequipa and Peru’s most famous attraction, Machu Picchu, this holiday takes you on a journey of discovery.

  • Travel package includes international flights from London to Lima (1 stop) with 1 piece of check-in luggage
  • Internal flights from Lima to Arequipa and Cusco to Lima
  • Titicaca train from Puno to Cusco
  • Airport transfers
  • Tours of Lima, Arequipa (including Alpaca Centre), floating islands on Lake Titicaca, Cusco (including Traditional Textiles Centre), Sacred Valley (including talk and demonstration of traditional textile techniques), Away Weaving Association, Machu Picchu
  • Chocolate making workshop
  • 13 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 3 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • 3 half-day hand sewing workshops with our expert, kit and tea/coffee included

Availability:

  • 2024 14th May
Travel Options
  • By Air By Air
Textiles

Join us in Japan and discover iconic tourist attractions, experience exclusive tours, and take part in crafting workshops.

  • 12 nights bed and breakfast in 3-star and 4-star hotels
  • Travel by coach and train in Japan
  • The company and knowledge of our expert, Janice Gunner
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Services of a local English-speaking guide throughout the tour
  • Travel package includes return international flights
  • Excursions, entrance fees and workshops

Availability:

  • 2024 20th May
Travel Options
  • By Air By Air
Patchwork & Quilting
Textiles

Join Carolyn Forster and discover Yorkshire's textile history while enjoying a week of quilting workshops on our Bernina sewing machines.

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 2 dinners
  • 3 full-day workshops using Bernina sewing machines with Carolyn, kit included
  • Excursions and entrance fees
  • Services of an experience Tour Manager

Availability:

  • 2024 14th August
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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
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Textiles

On the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali, discover a fascinating textile history, beautiful beaches and exceptional architecture.

  • Travel package includes flights from London to Yogyakarta, returning from Bali, with 1 piece of hold luggage
  • 12 nights bed and breakfast 5-star accommodation
  • 3 full-day workshops with Pat Archibald, kit included
  • Local Batik workshops
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

Availability:

  • 2024 25th September 26th September
Travel Options
  • By Air By Air
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Textiles

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Khiva, Bhukara and Samarkand as we pass along the route of the Silk Road.

  • Return economy class flight from London Heathrow to Tashkent, with 1 piece of checked baggage
  • 13 nights half-board accommodation, breakfast and dinner included
  • Business class train travel Tashkent to Kokand, Bukhara to Samarkand and Samarkand to Tashkent
  • Economy class flights Tashkent to Urgench and Urgench to Bukhara
  • Sightseeing, entrance fees and expert-led workshops as described
  • Local English-speaking guide to accompany the tour throughout
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

Availability:

  • 2024 30th September
Travel Options
  • By Air By Air
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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
Patchwork & Quilting
Festival
NEW

Combine Houston International Quilt Festival and one-of-a-kind New Orleans with visits to local quilt shops, the Texas quilt museum and a full-day workshop with Pat Archibald

  • Return flights from London to New Orleans and Houston to London with 1 piece of checked luggage
  • 8 nights accommodation in 3 and 4-star hotels
  • 4 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Full-day workshop with Pat Archibald, kit included
  • Houston International Quilt Festival Show Pass
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Coach travel as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Tips for drivers and local guides
  • Porterage at the hotel

Availability:

  • 2024 27th October
Travel Options
  • By Air By Air
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Textiles
NEW

Join Mandy Shaw on an exploration of the Indian state of Gujarat, known for its rich cultural history and textile heritage.

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Ahmedabad, checked luggage included
  • 10 nights half-board accommodation
  • 2 nights full-board accommodation
  • 9 local lunches
  • Hand-stitching workshops with Mandy Shaw, kit included
  • Local textile workshops
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager

Availability:

  • 2024 7th November 8th November
Travel Options
  • By Air By Air
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Textiles
NEW

Join Karin Hellaby on this exploration of Sri Lanka's arts and crafts, visiting artisans in Colombo, Kandy and Galle.

  • 12 nights half-board accommodation
  • 3 half-day workshops with Karin Hellaby, kit included
  • Travel by air-conditioned coach
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • English speaking local guide
  • Excursions and entrance fees as described in the itinerary
  • Tips for local driver, guides and restaurant staff for included meals

Availability:

  • 2025 18th January 19th January
Travel Options
  • By Air By Air
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Patchwork & Quilting
Festival

Get to know other stitchers and discover stunning sights of Prague on a stitching holiday centred around the Brno Patchwork Meeting.

  • 6 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • 2 evening meals
  • 2 full-day hand-sewing workshops with Karin Hellaby, kit included
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Excursions, entrance fees and coach travel as described in the itinerary

Availability:

  • 2025 22nd April
Travel Options
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Textiles

Join our expert in Armenia, discovering Armenian embroidery, the local textiles, historical and cultural landmarks, and stitching workshops.

  • 8 nights bed and breakfast accomodation
  • 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Textile workshops with local artisans
  • Workshops with our expert, kit included
  • Local English-speaking guide throughout the tour
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Private coach transfers throughout
  • Excursions and entrance fees

Availability:

  • 2025 10th May
Travel Options
  • By Air By Air
Textiles
NEW

Join our expert on this superb textile holiday to Vietnam, showcasing the rich colours and cultural highlights of this truly fascinating country.

  • International flights from London to Hanoi and Danang to London, with 1 piece of checked luggage
  • Economy class internal flight Hanoi to Hue with 1 piece of hold luggage
  • 13 nights bed and breakfast accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • 9 lunches and 5 dinners
  • 3 half-day hand-sewing workshops, kit included
  • Private transport with air conditioning
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • English-speaking local guide
  • All entrance fees, workshops and sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary

Availability:

  • 2025 11th November 12th November
Travel Options
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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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Janice Gunner

Janice Gunner

Janice is an award-winning textile artist, teacher and author. She won the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in Quilting at The Festival of Quilts 2019. Janice has a particular interest in traditional Japanese textile techniques including Shibori, the subject of one of her books.
Jane Crowfoot

Jane Crowfoot

Trained as a constructed textile designer, Jane Crowfoot has worked within the hand knitting craft industry for the last 25 years and is recognised as one of the leading designers within her field, more recently acknowledged as one of the pioneers of the UK crochet revival.
Emma Leith

Emma Leith

Internationally renowned for her yarn-bombing exploits, Emma has worked on numerous large scale commissioned yarn installations and gives regular talks and presentations on this popular movement. She works closely with Rico Design Yarns, Deramores and Simply Crochet.
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.
Anna Nikipirowicz

Anna Nikipirowicz

Anna is a crochet and knit designer, tutor and author of several crochet books. Her designs are regularly featured in craft magazines, and she also is a regular on Yarn Lane TV where she shares her designs and techniques. She also works closely with West Yorkshire Spinners and LoveCrafts.
Pat Archibald

Pat Archibald

Pat is a UK textile artist and tutor. Throughout her career, she has exhibited her work worldwide, won some wonderful awards, and even established Scotland’s first dedicated patchwork and quilting shop. Pat feels that each collection of quilts has its own unique identity.
Carol Meldrum

Carol Meldrum

Carol Meldrum is a textile designer, workshop tutor, and author of many popular knitting and crochet titles. She is the creative force behind the fashion accessories label, Beatknit. Carol is also a successful workshop tutor teaching all aspects of knit and crochet.
Carolyn Forster

Carolyn Forster

Carolyn Forster is a quilt designer, teacher and author from Tunbridge Wells in Kent. Since self-publishing her first book ‘Quilting on the Go’ in 2007, Carolyn has written ten more patchwork and quilting books with Search Press in the UK and Landauer Publishing in the USA.
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.
Mandy Shaw

Mandy Shaw

The Queen of Redwork and owner of Dandelion Designs, Mandy Shaw is an experienced designer and well-known personality. Throughout her career, she has contributed to several publications and is the author of many handmade crafting books which share her quirky crafting style.

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