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6 days
Available in English
Intermediate / Advanced
Max. 8 people

What's included

  1. 5 nights of accommodation
  2. All meals
  3. Tea
  4. Five-day tuition
  5. Course supplies
  6. Sewing studio space

 

Not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Airport transfer (upon request)
BEST PRICE GUARANTEE ● FREE CANCELLATION ● $100 DEPOSIT
Handbag sewing workshop

Unveil the mysteries of sewing with leather by creating your own versatile Classic Quilted Handbag. Indulge in the beautiful English countryside and take part in sewing classes under the attentive guidance of professional tutor Kathryn Brenne.


The workshop, which focuses on working with leather, will take you through all the phases of creating the Classic Quilted Handbag complete with a double flap front closure, back pocket, inside zipper pocket and setting hardware.


The retreat comes along with authentic English countryside accommodation sweetened with alluring tea and dessert breaks.

The workshop is suitable for intermediate sewists.

Throughout the five-day Quilted Handbag Sewing workshop with tutor Kathryn Brenne, you will learn how to:

  • Quilt leather
  • Construct a handbag with inner support
  • Add leather suede lining and zipper pocket
  • Set hardware
  • Make a chain handle

08:00 a.m. – Breakfast

09:00 a.m. – Classes

01:00 p.m. – Lunch break

02:00 p.m. – Classes

07:00 p.m. – Dinner

Standard room
Double bed
Suitable for 1-2 persons
Shared bathroom
Heating
Towels
WiFi
Common areasIncluding sitting room and sewing studio
Shared kitchen

Your accommodation throughout the quilted handbag sewing vacation will be provided at Gaddens Manor House, a 1920s serene English country house based in the middle of the New Forest. The property includes a fully equipped sewing studio.

Rooms with ensuite bathroom and shared occupancy are available upon request on a first come first served basis. No extra costs occur.

During the quilted handbag sewing retreat you will indulge in delicious meals accompanied by tempting desserts. Each session begins with a traditional English tea. Before departure, you will enjoy a farewell dinner at an award-winning restaurant with choice of starter, main course and dessert, served with wine.

Breakfast optionsFresh fruits, cereals or oatmeal, toast, jam, eggs, tea, coffee, milk, soy milk, almond milk
Lunch optionsLamb Tangine with cous-cous and salad, chicken curry with rice, pita bread and salad, fish pie with salad followed by dessert consisting of fresh fruits, rhubarb pudding and cream terrine or fresh fruits with cream
Dinner optionsSoups, pizza, Jacket potatoes with toppings and salad
Morning and afternoon breaksDried fruit, home baked cookies, coffee, tea
Regular / Vegetarian meals
Please get in touch in advance to discuss your specific dietary requirements.

The retreat is situated in spectacular New Forest National Park, Hampshire, southeast of England. The region, home to many forest trails and native ponies, is just a two and a half hour coach drive from London Heathrow Airport.    


How to get there:

Please book your flights to arrive at London Heathrow Airport (LHR). From the airport, you can take the National Express coach to Ringwood then take a bus or a taxi to your accommodation. The journey lasts two hours and a half and a one-way ticket from the airport to Ringwood costs approximately US$47. Transfer to your accommodation from Ringwood is provided.

Upon request, airport transfers can be arranged, please get in touch in advance to make all needed arrangements.
Kathryn Brenne
Tutor

Originating from Canada, Kathryn graduated from Ryerson University’s Fashion Design program and works as a Vogue Pattern Designer. Guided by her passion and knowledge of fabrics, sewing, fashion and knitting, Kathryn is one of the industry’s

most prolific writers. She conducts workshops teaching a variety of sewing techniques. Kathryn will be your tutor, providing professional instruction and valuable information in a beautiful learning environment.

Is this experience available to all levels? 

The workshop is suitable for intermediate to experienced sewists.


When is this experience available?

The next available dates for the vacation in Hampshire, England will be available soon. Please get in touch to join the waiting list.


Are there any check-in and check-out hours?

Please make your travel arrangements to arrive in Ringwood on Sunday between 3 and 5 p.m. and to check out on Friday between 3 and 5 p.m.


How far in advance should I book?

With only one date a year, the program is in high demand. Please make sure to book well in advance.


Is WiFi available?

Yes.


I am vegetarian. Can I book this vacation?

Yes. Please get in touch to discuss your dietary requirements.


Where should I land? Are airport transfers included?

Please book your flights to arrive at London Heathrow Airport (LHR). From the airport, you can take the National Express coach to Ringwood then take a bus or a taxi to your accommodation. The journey lasts two hours and a half and a one-way ticket from the airport to Ringwood costs approximately USD $47. Shuttle service between Ringwood and your accommodation is provided. Upon request, airport transfers can be arranged, please get in touch in advance to make all needed arrangements.


What should I pack? 

Please make sure you pack light, comfortable, warm clothes, comfortable shoes and elegant clothes for the farewell dinner.


Is any equipment provided?

Yes, it is. For the duration of the workshop you will be provided with all the necessary sewing tools and materials, including the exclusive handbag pattern, pre-cut leather in Black, Burgundy or Bone, leather suede lining, sewing thread, zipper for lining, chain handle, project booklet with the instructions and process photos. The studio is equipped with sewing machines and serger, scissors, rotary cutters, pressing systems, cutting tables, and individual worktables.


What’s the weather like in Hampshire?

The average daytime temperature recorded during September in Hampshire is 24°C / 75° F, whereas the average nighttime temperature is approximately 10°C / 50° F.


How many people are to be expected in the workshop?

There is a maximum number of 8 participants.


What language is used?

The vacation is available in English.

Donna, US:

“I would recommend your school to anyone who is serious about sewing. You provide excellent instructions in a non-intimidating atmosphere. I am a novice sewer, but left your school feeling as if I could sew with the best. I am looking forward to returning in April.”

 

Audrey, US:

“All I can say off the bat is WOW!!!! That was the best trip ever! Every little detail had been thought out in advance - a credit to your wonderful organizational skills. Thank you so much!”