New for 2019 we are thrilled to be able to offer our creative and fashion courses to a wider audiences via a series of residential retreats.

Building on our successes with sewers of all abilities attending our one day and weekly courses we thought it would be a great idea to welcome those from further afield.

The gorgeous venue for our residential retreats is The Quilt Barn, nestled in the peace and tranquility of the countryside surrounding Hooe, East Sussex. See their website to fully appreciate all that is on offer for your comfort and relaxation from the cosy ensuite rooms to the purpose built sewing room.

All courses include full catering and expert tuition.

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The time you spend with us is really yours. It’s your chance to really relax and get those creative juices flowing, leaving all those distractions behind.

All retreats are led by myself, Sass Tetzlaff BA MSDC.

I am an award winning textile artist and wedding dress designer of 30 years experience and a qualified tutor. I have delivered both structured City and Guilds courses up to level three and less formal creative exploration courses both for local education providers, specialist interest groups and, of course in my own Sewing School.

I have been sewing since I was four and love nothing better than to encourage others to find their niche and really develop their style. Whether you want to explore creative methods and find ways to turn inspiration into tangible textiles or to learn pattern adaptation to make clothes that fit you (finally!) then this is for you.

Retreats take place over 4 days to allow you to really get to grips with the techniques and help you leave with competence in the processes you have explored.

Available dates are as follows.

4 nights from 9th April – Creative Textiles – Learn new skills and develop your own personal approach to creativity in cloth and stitch.

4 nights from 8th October Creative Textiles –  See above

4 nights from 31st October – Make Clothes That Fit.  Make personal ‘blocks’ from which to develop your own personal patterns and try out some designs of your choice.

The price for the retreats in 2019 are

685.00 per person single occupancy

635.00 per person twin/double occupancy

The price includes expert tuition, luxury accommodation, all food and soft drinks, use of the purpose built studio and materials to help you develop your initial ideas on paper and written instructions, progression charts and cheat sheets to take away with you to help keep you on track for future projects. (It also includes  inclusion in our exclusive FB  pages for students if you wish but not compulsory)

Booking takes place after we have emailed you with our questionnaire to ensure you will get the most out of the retreat and that we can meet your requirements.

We can arrange collection from a local train station (Battle/ Polegate) if necessary and we offer you the use of a sewing machine if you can’t transport yours on the train. (Please contact us as availability is limited)

For confirmation of booking we require a non-refundable deposit of £200 with the balance due no less than 8 weeks prior to the course starting. This can be paid via paypal, bank transfer or cheque, just let us know your preferred method at the time of booking. (which is via email, see above)

Alternatively, you can pay in installments with the full balance due no more than 8 weeks prior to the start of the course. Again, just get in touch.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

If you have any questions, please just get in touch via the contact page and I’ll be happy to help.

For more details on what we offer in each of the different style of retreat just click on the highlighted dates above.