Textile Re-Treats

Treat yourself to a holiday in sunny Eastbourne and take one of our 3-5 day courses. Courses are organised on the page chronologically.

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2020 has been a difficult year and all our Re-Treats have been re-scheduled to 2021. I am hoping to organise a new Re-Treat next year with Jennifer Collier who is a brilliant mixed media artist working primarily with paper.

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These courses will be fun but intense learning experiences and you will leave with plenty of practical knowledge to take into your own textile work. The classes are limited to 8 students, and you will work with a bench buddy on the 2m benches. There is a buffet style lunch – highly recommended by students from previous Re-Treats! And if you are still not sure – read some of the feedback in the comments section at the bottom of the Home page

To book a place on any Re-Treat please pay the deposit via the Add to Caart button by the course you are interested in. If there is no button, that means the course is full but do e mail me to be added to the waiting list.
For recommendations for accommodation, please scroll to the bottom of the page.


responses to a richly nuanced coastal environment

11 – 15 JUNE 2021        £525 + materials
(as this course has been re-scheduled having been fully paid for by students, anyone joining the course now is advised they will have to pay the full fee)

Sea, sand, geology, rock, light, movement, mark, shape, pattern, colour, rhythm, tone, texture, time…. this five day workshop allows space to respond to the stimulus of the richly nuanced coastal environment. During explorations along local beaches participants will collect ideas through visual and written notes and photographs to inform thinking and design.
Back in the studio a beautifully curated selection of materials including natural handspun hemps, raphia, papers, linens and luscious silks, will be available for the weaving of carefully considered samples and small pieces to push ideas forward. Quiet tuition and guidance will help students experiment and investigate structure, colour, materiality and composition, and thus develop a heightened sensitivity to subtle textural nuances and concepts. Participants will leave with purpose and motivation to pursue their own individual enquiry. Teaching is individual, personal and relaxed.



1 – 4 JULY 2021            £425 + materials (deposit £100)

An experimental workshop that explores the construction and decoration of 3-dimensional forms.

Using your own source material, you will look at structure with drawing and model making, and experiment with materials such as paint, gesso and wax to stiffen and support cloth to make 3-D forms. Decoration techniques will explore non traditional ways of using these materials and will include: encaustic techniques, stitch and applique. The workshop will include time on the beach collecting and documenting objects for study.


In order to book a place on any of these courses, you can pay a £100-£150 deposit depending on the course fee, via the Add to Cart button.  Your name will then be added to the list. If you wish to ask for more information before booking your place, please e mail Christine via the Contacts Page.
This deposit is only refundable up to 3 months before the start of the course. At this stage you will be asked to pay the full balance of the course. Once the full balance has been paid, your place can only be cancelled and the fee refunded if I am able to fill the place from the waiting list.
Any materials fee that is required for the course is based on tutor requirements and studio supplies, the amount will be communicated to you at the start of the course and is paid for on the last day of the course itself. Generally the materials fee does not exceed £40, and is more often in the region of £25.


There are a couple of small B&B’s about 10 minutes away from the studio along the seafront.  Breakers and By The Sea are used by studio regulars and are reasonable and have great breakfasts! There is also a dog friendly B&B just a little further from the studio – Ebor Lodge

We now have a Premier Inn in the centre of Eastbourne about 5-10 minutes walk away .

Several students have stayed in Ravilious Hotel and thoroughly recommended it for its breakfasts, and its cleanliness. It is also only about 10-15 mins walk from the station but now it is about 25 mins from the studio. It does have quite a few stairs, so perhaps not suitable for anyone with knee problems. Another B&B close to the station but about 20-25 mins from studio venue, is The Manse, a stylish house with many arts & crafts original features and great breakfasts!

As this is a holiday town, there are also a wide range of hotels and B&B’s to suit every purse! Watch this space for more recommendations!

2 thoughts on “Textile Re-Treats

  1. I’ve just been on the Caroline Bartlett course and loved every minute of it. It was very well structured and thought out, full of fascinating information and little gems of helpful tips. She is a lovely tutor, warm and passionate about her work.
    There was plenty of time for practical work though I personally am a slow worker….food for thought will be continued in my studio!
    Studio 11 itself is a great place, so close to the station, which was excellent as I commuted every day, and very well equipped.
    Christine provided delicious lunches, which were a real treat and it was lovely to have a small intimate class.
    If you need a welcoming creative retreat and some “Me time”, this place is well worth a visit….!
    Christine- had you thought of having Cas Holmes?

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