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2022 Knitting and Embroidery holiday programme

Our knitting and embroidery holidays at The Watermill at Posara, Tuscany, enjoys SEVEN nights at the watermill, with full board.

We should emphasise that absolutely EVERYTHING is included in the cost of your holiday: tuition and patterns for knitting and embroidery projects, accommodation (including all linen and towels), pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals (including delicious meals with wine prepared specially for you at the mill, and at charming local restaurants) and local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport; an excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre).

All you have to do is get to Pisa (and bring your needles!): we do the rest!

2022 Programme

23 - 30 APRIL 2022

Norah Gaughan - Knitting Tutor at the watermill in Italy

Norah Gaughan

"Knitting and La Bella Vita"

Norah Gaughan is an independent knitting designer working out of her studio in historic Harrisville, New Hampshire, USA. She is editor-in-chief of Vogue Knitting, the premier knitting publication in America.. She says: “I'm inspired by nature and science, while at the same time keeping an eye what's happening in the fashion world. My teaching style is rather relaxed. After I’ve explained the basics, students dig in and start knitting. I'll give pertinent information as we go along, and questions will spur on more advice. My goal is to have the class be fun and interesting.”

Norah will bring two special projects for her week, based on her new Twisted Stitch Sourcebook, published this year. You can find out more about her at norahgaughan.com.

And as ever, your knitting week at the Watermill will combine expert tuition, like-minded company, wonderful food and the delightful ambience of the Watermill, it's gardens and riverside walks, and outings into the surrounding unspoiled countryside of Lunigiana in Tuscany Italy.

7 - 14 MAY 2022

Louisa Harding - Knitting Tutor

Louisa Harding

"Knitting and La Bella Vita"

Louisa Harding is a celebrated knitter, designer and yarn producer. She worked for many years as an ‘in-house’ designer for Rowan Yarns. Louisa has recently established a new brand, called Yarntelier, combining the finest yarns from the English county of Yorkshire with beautiful designs, to make each item a piece of hand-crafted couture.

In the first half of the week. you will be creating a stitch sampler. At the same time, you will pull together images and notes on the surrounding area, using them as inspiration for the second half of your week when you will put together your own shawl, scarf, wrap or cowl under Louisa's expert guidance. Louisa will bring with her a mix of yarns - in colour and texture (cashmere, mohair, silk, chenille and alpaca) - for you to use.

14 - 21 MAY 2022

Debbie Abrahams - Knitting Tutor

Debbie Abrahams

"Knitting and La Bella Vita"

Debbie Abrahams has been designing and teaching handknitted textiles for more than 20 years and is a specialist in the field of colour work and beading.

Throughout her entire career she has worked alongside renowned handknit company Rowan Yarns, both as a Designer and a Design Consultant for the brand. She has tutored workshops across the UK, Europe and the USA.

Debbie is best known for her Mystery Blanket and Cushion Clubs which have been become a global success with more than 1,000 knitters from all over the world signed up to her annual projects. "Blanket squares are the perfect vehicle for my designing, giving me the freedom to explore colour, texture and embellishment within a set number of stitches and rows for each block – it’s just pure adventure!"

On her 2022 Watermill course you will be working with Debbie on a specially designed project, incorporating several different knitting techniques, including colourwork, knitting with beads and textured stitches.

9 - 16 JULY 2022

Rachel Wright - Embroidery Tutor

Rachel Wright

Embroidered ‘postcards from Posara’

Rachel Wright is an embroiderer and blogger based in the North-west of England. A degree in French and Linguistics, and an MSc in Textile Design Technology and Design Management led her into other waters, but eventually true North pulled, and she enjoys writing about the hows and whys of stitch and thread choice, and the highs and lows of a semi-unplanned style of pictorial embroidery.

Now Rachel is enjoying devising a series of embroidered ‘Postcards from Posara’ that will provide opportunities to experiment with stitch and thread textures. They are structured around some of the excursions on a painting course she joined at the watermill, and they are providing a wonderful opportunity to revisit her memories of those adventures.