Quilting, corded and stuffed work

Textile short residential course on quilting, corded and stuffed work with Sylvia Critcher

Discover the beauty of Italian corded quilting along with Trapunto over a weekend in a four star hotel at Gatwick

Tutor:Sylvia Critcher
Dates:Friday, 5 OctoberSunday, 7 October 2018
Venue:The Crowne Plaza, Gatwick Airport

All about your weekend retreat

Your course


Italian corded quilting, worked on two or more layers of fabric, involves yarn or cord threaded through a channel from the back, resulting in a pattern of raised lines on a flat background.


Trapunto, from the Italian for ‘to quilt’ is achieved by slitting and padding the underside of a quilt, resulting in raised areas. Sylvia will show you how to produce this 3-D quilting technique, so you can create beautiful designs with great depth. Corded and stuffed quilting looks complicated, but it is very easy to do. This course is all hand work, and is suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced stitchers and quilters.


Sylvia will also introduce you to her easy version of Le Boutis reversible corded work which originates in the Provence region of France.


Your tutor

Sylvia Critcher trained at Goldsmiths College in fine art and textiles, and has taught adults a wide range of art and textile subjects for over 30 years. In 1997 she became a National judge for Grosvenor Shows, and since 2001 she has managed the judging at all their competitive events. She co-ordinated projects for Fabrications magazine from 2004-2012 and her book, Raised Stitch and Quilt has recently been published.

Your venue, food and accommodation

You will have single occupancy of a double, en suite room to include accommodation and the usual 3-star hotel services you expect from a Crowne Plaza, all meals and refreshments, 13 hours of tuition and use of workroom and you can relax with free use of the hotel’s well equipped gym.

Your course timings

Your course starts with a welcome supper on Friday evening at 7pm when you meet your tutor and the other students, followed by a short introductory session, and runs through Saturday and Sunday to afternoon refreshments. You can arrive from 3pm on the Friday afternoon and relax before your course begins.

Your weekend

  • A full 13 hours tuition from a leading specialist tutor

  • Use of a lively course room

  • En suite double bedroom for single occupancy

  • Two nights accommodation – no single supplement

  • Full board from Friday welcome dinner to Sunday afternoon refreshments

  • Delicious freshly cooked meals

  • Two days being pampered while you focus on your chosen course topic

  • Free parking and Wi-Fi

  • An inspirational and rewarding break offering a true change from your daily routine.

Course fees

Course fees are £385 fully inclusive (excluding travel).

Students’ Requirements List

A full requirements list will be sent to students in advance of the course start date.

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Why Our Customers Love Our Courses

Textile artist Annette’s beautiful work contributed to my decision to learn more about patchwork and quilting.   Liza from Anglia Leisure Learning made sure everything ran smoothly – thank you Liza and Annette (Morgan the tutor);  it was a wonderful weekend.

Susan Rhodes

Most useful to learn new techniques, have good company and meet like-minded people; an inspiring stimulating and enjoyable weekend.

Jenny Macleod

I really enjoyed the course and you did and excellent job organising it. The highlight was falling in love with sewing again, after a five year gap. Thank you!

Heather McInroy

I have attended two courses in the last six months. Excellent tutors and excellent venues.  I’ve learnt so many new quilting techniques.  Can’t wait until the next one.

Yvonne Gill

Just home from an amazing residential course with the talented Cas Holmes. Everything was so easy, from booking, the meet and greet, information packs and support whilst away. The hotel was perfect and Liza Jones did a brilliant job keeping everything running smoothly. I am already researching my next course.

Samantha Hope

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