Les Soeurs Anglaises


Looking ahead.....

In less than a week we will be hosting our last workshop of the season:  Asa Tricosa’s Knitting Im-Mercerie.  We are delighted to have a full house for this ebullient, generous and super-talented knitting teacher whose sense of style, and colour creativity is such an inspiration.


Our action-packed events earlier this year included Motion Impossible with Robert Race; Julie Arkell's Museum of the Kind and Curious; Chris Manning's Slow Stitchery Week and our much loved Blues and Boogie Weekend

This summer has been one of our busiest season ever and with ten years of workshops under our belt we feel it is time to ring the changes with a few entirely different kinds of events next year - hopefully to keep things fresh and interesting for both you and us.  Some of them are not textile related but that doesn't preclude stitchers; they are all designed to encourage you to look at your creative world from an unlikely angle, a bit like inverse yoga poses (talking of which, after her super-successful yoga classes at Chris Manning's workshop in June this year, we hope to have Liz Bolton back to supplement some of the workshops with daily yoga sessions).  

Dates haven't yet been confirmed but they will all take place between the beginning of April and the end of September 2018, and if you are interested in us pencilling your name in for one, or simply want to hear full details as they become available, please let us know.  Here are some of the events, but there may be more to come......


Food Styling and Photography: 5 day 6 night workshop


Papiér Maché and much, much more:  5 day 6 night workshop


Comedy Improvisation Masterclasses & show:  long weekend


Self-Publishing for the ARtist/Crafter: 5 day 6 night


Deanna Bogart Masterclass followed by long weekend of jazz & blues & boogie woogie

For those of you living close to Les Soeurs Anglaises we highly recommend a visit to Emma Whigham's one-man show in Aubeterre, from the 26th September to  7th October.  Emma is currently concentrating on her beautiful collage work - a combination of hand-printed monoprints, outcuts and ephemera, all deliciously fused and framed to perfection.  If you are not in the area but are interested in more information you can contact Emma directly.

Before we leave you, we would like to quote something about love from the late, great  American playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director, Sam Shepard, who died in July this year.  A difficult man, no doubt, but the description of his love for his wife of 30 years, Jessica Lange, are worth recording:

I love this woman in a way I can’t describe; a feeling of belonging to each other that reaches across all the pain. It’s as though we’ve answered something in each other that was almost forgotten. I look back ..... and  see myself hunting desperately for something I wasn’t finding. I know the Work point of view is the only true one. That life is inside. That nothing outside can ever finally answer our yearning. I know that’s true but, in some way, finding Jessie has reached something inside me. A part of me feels brand new — re-awakened. 




Until next time


katie armitage