Catch the craze of go-everywhere crochet!  From contemporary and colourful granny squares, to easy market day bags, cozy afghan blankets and so much more, crochet is trending and versatile.  Find out what all the fuss is about when you learn new stitches, creative options and even the latest eezy-peezy art of finger crochet. 
Explore the timeless art of working with pewter. Drawing inspiration from the beautiful azulejos so widely used in Portugal, we will translate the designs onto pewter and work that to create a low-relief motif. We’ll learn how to trace, stretch, emboss, patina and polish your pewter to create a modern piece that would be equally at […]
Use one of your newly-created fabric pieces to make a stylish no-sew fashion handbag. Line the inside of your bag with an eye catching fun fabric depicting the rich Moorish heritage apparent all around you, and a beautifully stencilled fabric piece subtly reflecting the moorish design will form your outer shell. Finish it all off […]
Make a unique hand-stitched journal to document your creative journey. Judge this book by its cover! Learn about the paper options, correct adhesives, how to measure and cut, and create your own designer cover.  Assemble the inner booklets where your story will unfold. And bind it all together with beautiful Coptic hand stitching.
Our final session this morning will be a quick, fun project that you can share with your friends back home. We’ll wrap up the week, say our goodbyes, and head back with great stories to tell, new techniques to practice and perfect, and a renewed determination to do that which we enjoy.
Take it easy this morning, visit more of the gems of Sintra, take a tram to the beach if you like, or simply sip a cafézinho in the sun. The morning is free for you to enjoy at leisure. In the afternoon we’ll be taking inspiration from the traditional black and white calçadas (pavements), and giving it […]
Today we continue to explore our creativity with a morning session on Canvas Art. Terrified of drawing and a paint brush? Fear not – we’ll show you some great ways of overcoming the Blank Canvas Syndrome! Then head off to the train station, and we’ll take the train to Lisbon. Explore the seven hills on […]
Today we’ll visit beautiful Cascais, often referred to as the Portuguese Riviera. Its mixture of sleepy-sea-side-village-meets-playground-of-the-rich-and-famous feel is uniquely captivating. We’ll explore the delights of the village market together before heading off to a quaint and lovely local store which will host us for today’s azulejo-inspired yarn projects. And if you thought granny-squares are only […]
Take the morning to visit some of the historical palaces. Make an early start at the hauntingly beautiful ruins of the Moorish Castle, perched on the highest point of the Serra de Sintra, or explore the more recent Palacio da Pena, restored in the 19th century as a summer retreat for the royal family. A […]
After a delicious breakfast overlooking the scenic Sintra Valley, we’ll spend the day discovering the possibilities of Fabric Art. We’ll learn to create our own patterns and designs, try out different transfer techniques and create one-of-a-kind fabric prints. Lunch will be in one of the authentic local eateries, sampling  the delights of Portuguese cuisine. The afternoon […]

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