North East England Quilting Holiday

This holiday combines the best that the local area has to offer with hand-sewing workshops with Carolyn Forster and shopping in some of the area’s many quilt shops. The museums are all excellent, Durham Cathedral is spectacular and the Northumberland landscape that we pass on our way to the amazing Alnwick Castle is simply beautiful. This is a real discovery for anyone who have never been to this part of England.

Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday 1 October

Check in is available from 3pm. Dinner is included this evening.

Day 2: Sunday 2 October

Full day hand-sewing workshop with Carolyn.

Day 3: Monday 3 October

Beamish open-air museum tells the story of life in North East England from 1820s to 1950s. We’ll spend a full day exploring the site, but one of the highlights is sure to be the 1820s quilters cottage, where we’ll learn the fascinating story of quilter Joseph Hedley, as well as have an exclusive viewing of some of the quilts that are in Beamish’s extensive collection. A light lunch is included today.

Day 4: Tuesday 4 October

The Bowes Museum is a treasure hidden in the heart of beautiful Teesdale. Purpose built in the 1920s by John and Josephine Bowes, the museum houses one of the largest and most significant European textile collections in Britain, representing all textile techniques and European centres of production, from the 15th to 19th centuries. We’ll enjoy a guided tour of the collection with a museum curator.

Day 5: Wednesday 5 October

Alnwick Castle was built in the 11th Century to control and protect the border with Scotland. The grounds surrounding the castle were landscaped by Lancelot “Capability” Brown. As well as being the residence for the current Duke of Northumberland, Alnwick Castle has been used as a filming location for many movies and TV shows including Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone, as well as Downton Abbey.

Day 6: Thursday 6 October

Durham Cathedral houses some of the best church needlework from the past 11 centuries. We’ll enjoy an embroidery and textile tour, highlights of which will include a 10th century Stole, Maniple and Girdle, recorded as being given to the shrine of St Cuthbert by King Athelstan when he visited Chester-le-Street in 934. These are some of the finest surviving examples of Anglo-Saxon embroidery in England and the only ones to be found which depict human figures. The collection also includes four late medieval velvet copes.

Kim Suleman is probably best known for her website Six Penny Memories and for her appearances on Create & Craft TV. Kim will welcome us to the community hub in North Shields for a short demo and talk.

Day 7: Friday 7 October

Full day hand-sewing workshop with Carolyn.

Day 8: Saturday 8 October

Check out by midday, with fond memories of a week with like-minded friends.