justhands-on.tv is proud to announce a line up of three sewing retreats for Autumn 2017.

  • October 7th & 8th weekend Patchwork and Quilting retreat at the DeVere Hotel in Denham Grove with tutors Valerie Nesbitt, Sarah Soward and Pauline Bolt. 
  • October 14th & 15th – weekend Textile and Quilting retreat at the Aztec Hotel and Spa in Bristol with tutors Kathleen Laurel Sage and Hilary Beattie. 
  • November 10th to November 17th – 7 day overseas sewing break at the db Seabank Resort + Spa in Malta with tutors Valerie Nesbitt and Jennie Rayment. 

Join Britain’s premier sewing tutors at a justhands-on.tv retreat this Autumn.  Retreats will be held in Bristol, Denham Grove (near Heathrow) and Malta - - justhands-on.tv’s first overseas retreat, produced in conjunction with leading craft-holiday provider, Stitchtopia.  

Justhands-on.tv retreats are focussed on sewing.  Uninterrupted, lovely sewing for beginners to the more experienced who come together to learn from world-renowned tutors, swap stories and share sewing tips & tricks. 

Valerie Nesbitt, justhands-on.tv Founder, tutor and YouTube sensation (890,000+ views of one online class!), had this to say about justhands-on.tv approach to retreats, “We can all make time for sewing, but sewing with friends is very special.  A little ‘me time.’”

The launch of 3 sewing retreats for Autumn 2017, along with the previously announced sewing retreats for Spring 2017 (Costswold in March & Henley-on-Thames in April) mark an expansion of the justhands-on.tv retreat offering.  According to justhands-on.tv CEO, Steve Barton, “We are offering more sewing retreats because they are proving very popular with the quilting community.  We did not invent a new, more popular mouse trap.  Rather, we focus on the things that quilters most enjoy.  Access to world class tutors and uninterrupted sewing time.  We look forward to delivering more retreats in 2018 and beyond.”

For more on what makes each of the Autumn retreats special, see below:

A Patchwork and Quilting retreat in Bucks with your choice of three of the UK’s leading tutors

Pack up your projects, gather your stash and join us for two days of sewing fun with your choice of three of the UK’s leading quilting tutors at our residential weekend retreat.

Pauline Bolt of Pauline’s Patchwork will be teaching Layer Cake Quilts as well as bringing lots of lovely stuff from her shop.

Sarah Soward from Pauline’s Patchwork will be coming along to teach her Bargello quilt.

Valerie Nesbitt of justhands-on.tv is inviting you to bring your own project or be inspired by one of hers, and will be on hand to advise and assist .

The weekend retreat takes place on the 7th and 8th of October and costs £325 per person, covering two days sewing workshops, accommodation, meals, drinks and snacks.   The De Vere hotel is set in 42 acres of countryside, not far from Heathrow airport (but not close enough to be noisy!) and is very easily accessed from all the major motorways.

Valerie Nesbitt reverse star scrap quilt

Date: 7th – 8th October 2017

Location: De Vere Hotel in Denham Grove

Tutors: Valerie Nesbitt, Sarah Soward and Pauline Bolt

Price: £325

For more information or to book, visit: https://www.justhands-on.tv/shop-list/standard-products/shop-1274/a-patchwork-and-quilting-retreat-with-justhandson-tv-in-bucks-october-2017

Enjoy a fabulous Textile getaway in Bristol

Enjoy a fabulous textile and quilting getaway at our residential weekend retreat in Bristol.  You get your choice of two of the UK’s leading textile tutors.

Hilary Beattie is a very talented artist and author who has planned a fantastic textile weekend of collage and stitching for you, including gorgeous pots and flowers which are easy and great fun to make.

Kathleen Laurel Sage will give you two days of her amazing signature workshop using dissolvable film, machine embroidery, trapped organza fabrics, cutting back techniques and use of a soldering iron to produce lacy see-through panels.

The weekend retreat takes place on the 14th and 15th of October and costs £395 per person, covering two days sewing workshops, accommodation, meals, drinks and snacks.   The Aztec Hotel and Spa is in Bristol and the perfect place to wind down; all guests receive a complimentary Spa membership for the weekend.   

Hilary Beattie Jugs 6 tulips

Date: 14th -  15th October 2017

Location: Aztec Hotel and Spa in Bristol

Tutors: Hilary Beattie and Kathleen Laurel Sage

Price: £395

For more information or to book, visit: https://www.justhands-on.tv/shop-list/standard-products/shop-1275/a-textile-and-quilting-retreat-with-justhandson-tv-in-bristol-october-2017

Treat yourself to a 7 day sewing break in Malta

Join world-renowned quilting author and tutor, Jennie Rayment, plus YouTube star and Founder of justhands-on.tv, Valerie Nesbitt, on a seven-night Mediterranean indulgence of craft, culture, dining and relaxation at the four-star db Seabank Resort and Spa, Mellieha Bay, Malta.  All of which will be expertly produced and managed in conjunction with leading craft-holiday provider, Stitchtopia.  

Jennie Rayment and Valerie Nesbitt have designed a special series of engaging workshops and evening entertainment. 

Jennie’s “Amazing Manipulations with Twiddling and Fiddling” will help you discover a wide range of tactile and textural designs including origami techniques to create quilts, cushions, bags…and even a tucked and twiddled waistcoat. Valerie’s “Medallion Sampler Quilt” is ideal for beginners and those looking to pick up new patchwork techniques - - from fast piecing in the log cabin through to petal shapes, applique in the Dresden plate and fast flying geese with no waste. 

There will be 4 nights of evening entertainment, including “Totally Tucked Up” by Jennie Rayment which features a racy raconteur of strip, show and tell, and  “Demonstrations of Tip Top Quilts tips” by Valerie Nesbitt.  These will be evenings that you remember and talk about for many years to come.

The seven-night retreat takes place between the 10th and 17th of November and costs £1,095, which covers flights, accommodation, meals, drinks, sewing machine rental, 4 full days of workshops by world-renowned tutors Jennie and Val, a programme of evening fun, and all in the company of fellow quilters.  You’ll also have the opportunity to go on a full day excursion to the capital, Valetta.

Jennie Rayment twiddled waistcoat

Date: 10th - 17th November 2017 (7 nights)

Location: The db Seabank Resort + Spa, Mellieha Bay, Malta

Tutors: Jennie Rayment and Valerie Nesbitt

Price: £1,095

For more information or to book, call 01473 660 800 or visit: https://www.arenatravel.com/our-holidays/stitchtopia/maltese-quilting-retreat