Saturday 23rd to 30th April 2022 

Blooming Marvellous Workshop with tutor Carol Meldrum 

Enjoy a week of workshops in rural France with inspirational tutor Carol Meldrum at The Barn. The holiday will consist of 3 full day workshops and 3 half day workshops. During free time guests can relax in the house and garden or go on optional outings to the local towns for shopping and sightseeing.

Spring time in the Charente-Maritime is usually lovely. The days are longer and warm enough to sit outside but we may still need a log fire in the evenings. 

Blooming Marvellous Workshop

Put a spring in your stitches with this wonderful workshop featuring all things botanical. We will look at a variety of techniques that can be used to interpret floral designs. There will be a selection of projects for you to work through to showcase your skills

• Knit and crochet single stems 

• Fair isle and Intarsia design 

 Appliqué and surface decoration flowers 

• Embroidery techniques for knit and crochet

Carol will design a selection of projects for the workshops and you can choose to work in knit or crochet, or combine the two crafts in one project. During the workshops she will take you through all the techniques needed to make the designs of your choice. All skill levels are very welcome, at the end of the week we will have a show and tell of all the completed projects. All the yarn is supplied for the workshops, we will tell you what size knitting needles and crochet hooks are needed in the final details.

See what we got up to on previous workshops here.

The Tutor

Carol Meldrum is a talented designer full of enthusiasm and energy. She loves to combine knitting and crochet and is passionate about texture and colour. After graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee she worked as a knitwear designer for a UK based manufacturer and as a freelance designer for many knit and crochet magazines including Rowan Yarns.

Her knit/crochet accessories are heavily influenced by Scottish traditional crafts and patterns, giving them her own twist by recreating woven's into knits, adding a flash of fairisle where you would least expect it and playing around with scale. You can see her website here.

Carol is a fantastic teacher with the patience of a saint.

Cost of the holiday 

The cost of the holiday includes transfers from Bordeaux airport or Saintes station to the The Barn and full board. There is unlimited tea and coffee available all day, a continental breakfast, buffet lunch and 3 course supper. Wine is served with lunch and supper. You can see more about the catering here.

Twin room with ensuite shower room (must be booked by two guests travelling together) €950 euros per head

Single room with shared bathroom/shower room €995 euros per head

Single room with ensuite shower room €1200 euros per head

If you have any questions or would like a booking form please email quoting the date of the holiday you are interested in.

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Trips out for sight-seeing and shopping

Food and drink

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