Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Annual needlepoint retreat in Italy

We have recently returned from or seventh trip to this idilic family run hotel in the very south of Italy.  Over the years we have visited various places in Spain and other locations in Italy but this has proved to be perfect for all the ladies who love to stitch in a friendly relaxed atmosphere.

People come from all over, America, Belgium and of course from here in England;  everything is included in the published cost except the travel to the nearest Italian airport;  this enables people to arrange their own travel and even extend the trip to include such destinations as Rome, Florence or the island of Sicily.

We go either end of May/ early June or early September to take advantage of 10 days rather than the 7 days usual in high season. So far the weather has been perfect, sitting out during the days and cool in the evenings.  Next year, 2015 the plan at present is to go the earlier time - should you wish to have more information I should be delighted to send it to you.

As to the stitching, some years we have had a theme:  elephants were popular, garden scenes and panels for clutch bags likewise.  A theme means everyone can choose an individual design, complicated, fine or less fine canvas, final size - a cushion or a wall hanging!  Working within a theme creates lots of suggestions, and lively discussion!   This year we all had existing designs that we wanted to work on

This part of Italy, Calabria is beautiful and relatively unspoilt,  wonderful views of the sea and amazing sunsets over Stromboli the volcanic island between the heel of Italy and Sicily.  We always have at least one day to explore an interesting town or important museum, plus of course lunch.  This year we took a boat trip to visit STromoli and see the evuptions after dark;  we have often talked about taking this trip but until now other venues had proved more popular - I can quite see that that will change - we all agreed it was the 'best yet'!

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