A Summer Sampler

  • Date:08/05/2025 18:00 - 15/05/2025 12:00
  • Location



In this week with artist, author and tutor Anne Kelly, you will be creating a group of work based on the abundant wildflowers growing near the studio. You will make a selection of pieces choosing from among a needle case, pincushion and small notebook cover, using a selection of fabrics old and new, and vintage finds from brocantes nearby. The main project will be a sampler using slow stitch and textile collage techniques using inspiration taken from the bird and flower wildlife in the region.

This course is suitable for stitchers and mixed media artists of all levels of experience. Anne likes to use accessible methods and materials to create your own ‘stash’ of elements for using in the textile collage process. By starting with a variety of projects to learn the collage and stitching processes you will create an original and meaningful series of work to take away and enjoy. 

Suggested items you could bring with you:

  • A selection of plain and printed fabrics (small pieces relevant to the theme)   
  • Plain fabric (i.e. cotton mix or calico) – small pieces – no larger than A3 size 
  • Ribbon or lace scraps - small buttons
  • Pritt/glue stick
  • Printing blocks (flowers, plants and birds)
  • Sewing kit for hand stitching 


(For pricing, please see below)


UK based textile artist Anne Kelly is an award-winning artist, author and tutor. Her multi-layered and densely stitched textiles have been described as ‘small worlds’. Trained in Canada and at Goldsmiths College in London, she creates wall hangings and objects using a mixture of mixed media collage and hand and machine embroidery. Her inspirations are taken from travel, memory, nature and especially folk art. 

Anne tutors mixed media art and textiles to a variety of groups in the UK and abroad. and is a member of the Embroiderers Guild UK, the Crafts Council Directory, the European Textile Network and the Society for Embroidered Work.  She also exhibits and curates group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her recent solo exhibition at the prestigious Ruthin Craft Centre ‘Well Travelled’ was reviewed as ‘a delight to behold’ by the renowned ‘Embroidery’ magazine .Her four books for Batsford connect to and reflect her practice, being widely collected and studied by students of all ages around the world. 



Prices per person for 2025 are as follows:

Private en-suite bedroom (excluding Garden Room)
Single occupancy€1,865
Double occupancy€1,595
Garden Room
Single occupancy€1,975
Double occupancy€1,700
Lavande / Pavot gîte
Single occupancy€2,085
Double occupancy€1,760
Day student (no accommodation)
Day student€700
Non-participating partner
Non-participating partner (sharing a bedroom with a course participant)

The cost of our creativity holidays is inclusive of the following:

  • Course fees and basic materials
    (except for any course specific materials that the tutor requests you bring with you)
  • Airport collection and drop-off
    (allotted airports and times only)
  • Accommodation
    (price varies by type of accommodation selected - we assume single occupancy by default unless you specifically request to share with a friend/partner)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    (one meal taken at a local restaurant - to be paid by guests at the time)
  • Tea and coffee throughout your stay 
  • Aperitif and wine/beer with evening meal
  • Transport to and from any excursions
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Access to all amenities throughout your stay
  • Local tourist taxes