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.

Scroll down to find courses with exceptional artists and teachers:
This year’s courses are full but 2020 sees the return of Debbie Lyddon in July,  Sue Lawty teaching tapestry in April and a fabulous mixed media artist from Germany – Ines Siedel – teaching in October at the end of the half term break.

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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, each getting a 2m print bench to work at. And you get 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 use the email form on the Contact Page
For recommendations for accommodation, please scroll to the bottom of the page.


responses to a richly nuanced coastal environment

02 – 06 APRIL 2020         £525 + materials

This course is now full.



16 – 19 JULY 2020             £425 + materials

2 spaces have just become available for this marvellous course using the local beach environment.

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.



29 OCTOBER – 01 NOVEMBER 2020           £450 + materials

Old books are the source material for fresh, wild or poetic stories told in 3D. Simple binding wire is used for adding lines and structure, as old texts dissolve and take on new forms. Experimenting with different simple techniques of combining wire and paper, we reinvent story telling with our hands.


To request a place on any of these courses, please e mail Christine using the e mail form on the contact page Your name will then be added to the list and you will be asked to confirm your place and pay a deposit 6 months in advance of the course starting.

A deposit of £100 is required to secure your place, which 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. Any materials fee that is required for the course is based on tutor requirements and studio supplies, and is paid for on the first day of the course itself.

Once the full balance has been paid, your place can only be cancelled and refunded if I am able to fill the place from the waiting list.


There are a couple of small B&B’s quite close to both the pop down studio and the Re-Treat venue.  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 close to the pop down studio and just a little further from the Re-Treat venue – Ebor Lodge

We now have a Premier Inn in the centre of Eastbourne about 10 minutes walk away from the Re-Treat venue.

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 Re-Treat venue. 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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