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Knitting & crochet tours, courses & holidays
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Centre for Creative Industries
based: Shetland Isles, Scotland, UK
Journeys in Textiles Tour, a four day tour of textiles and scenery offering a unique insight into the textiles heritage and skills of Shetland. Covering knitwear, knitting and spinning, weaving and visiting textile collections.
| textile tours | knitting | weaving | Scotland |
Coach House (The), Durhamhill
based: Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, UK
Residential courses in glorious Galloway countryside (S.W. Scotland) with enthusiastic and experienced tutors. Stay in luxury eco-friendly accommodation. By evening, the artists' studio converts into a mini cinema, to enjoy the woodburner, wine and popcorn. They also offer motorcycle sidecar adventures, horse-drawn carriage trips, electric bicycle hire and llama feeding.
| writing | storytelling | glass crafts/stained glass | pottery/ceramics | photography | songwriting | painting | basket making | model making | papercrafts | knitting | UK |
Knitting Holidays in France
based: Charente-Maritime, France
Knitting, crochet and textile retreats and workshops in the heart of rural France; with british knitting designer, Sue Culligan; Debbie Abrahams, best for her beautiful knitted blanket designs; and crochet artist and design consultant Jane Crowfoot.
| knitting | France|
based: Reykjavik, Iceland
Icelandic knitting tours that include combined hiking and knitting trips, night knitting in the north which includes a visit to see an impressive collection of handknits, long weekend tours, and a short break during lambing season.
| knitting | Iceland |
Isle of Tanera Mòr
based: North-West Highlands, Scotland, UK
A diverse range of creative retreats and courses in a fabulous location on the Isle of Tanera Mòr in NW Scotland. Retreats include painting and drawing, knitting, creative writing and willow weaving.
| retreats | basket making | knitting | Scotland |
Jane Thornley Knitwear Design
based: Nova Scotia, Canada
Knitters retreats in New Mexico, including a knitting project to complete during the trip. Includes yarn store visits, workshop days, sightseeing and gallery visits. Staying at a luxurious Native American owned hotel in Santa Fe.
| retreats | USA |
Metropolitan Machine Knitting
based: Cheshire, UK
Short and week-long residential machine knit courses in Cheshire. Serving students from all over the world, and run by top quality tutors, these courses offer accomodation, food and a relaxed learning environment.
| knitting | England |
based: Cumbria, UK
A 2-day festival in the Lake Dristrict, celebrating natural fibres and all things wool, follow the wool from fleece to finished knitwear. Related demonstrations, workshops and masterclasses are on offer. The event is organised by 'The Wool Clip', a Cumbrian crafts people co-op.
| knitting | England |
based: Cheshire, UK
Needlework and craft courses including cross stitch, lace making, knitting, crochet and weaving – materials, fabrics and threads provided.
| needlepoint/cross stitch | lace | knitting/crochet | weaving | England |
based: Arizona, USA
International beadmaking and beadwork holiday courses; also other crafts such as knitting, fiber arts, wirework, glass fusing etc.
| beadwork | knitting/crochet | textile tours
| Ireland | UK | India |
based: Colorado, USA
Offering both land tours and Worldwide cruises for knitters, allowing guests to go yarn shopping, meet other fiber artists as well as take classes.
| knitting/crochet | Worldwide |
Great Balls of Yarn
Caribbean and Alaskan cruises for knitters, including project-based classes during sailings.
| knitting/crochet | USA |
Workshops and summer schools covering fabric
construction techniques including knitting, weaving and feltmaking.
| felt making | knitting/crochet | weaving
| UK |
A range of courses and workshops for machine
| knitting/crochet | UK |
Men's Knitting Retreat
Weekend knitting and spinning retreats and workshops for men in Colorado and Michigan.
| knitting/crochet | men only | USA |
Packages to the Knitting and Stitching Shows in London, Dublin and Harrogate.
| knitting/crochet | UK | Ireland |
Other useful sites for knitters:
• Planet Purl Travel Guide have some free downloadable knitters travel dictionaries that translate those all important knitting terms in a lot of different languages.