Posted by: marymarthatours | August 18, 2014

A Tour to England to Keep You in Stitches

Quilt and Needlework 2015 Tour

August 26 – September 7, 2015

Hardwick Hall tapestries, Tony Hisgett, cca2.0

Tapestries and needlework at Hardwick Hall

Back by request:  another tour with a quilt and needlework focus.  In late August 2015, Mary and I will lead a second quilt/needle arts tour in areas of Northern England.  We will have opportunities to see and experience a variety of needlework:  quilts, patchwork, Ruskin lace, needlepoint, embroidery, tapestries, and more.  I have been able to arrange many private presentations and events for this tour.  We will also visit two grand Tudor era manors, gardens, an incredible abbey ruin, a Roman fort at Hadrian’s Wall, the lovely scenery of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, several pretty small towns, historic York, and, and, and…

Hardwick Hall, Trevor Rickard2, ccasa2.0  08 Fountains Abbey, 2010

Hardwick Hall and Fountains Abbey

This is our first major tour that is being offered as a land-only tour.  Travelers will make their own flight arrangements and be able to add on time ahead or after the tour for other traveling.  Some might go extra early to get to the International Festival of Quilts in Birmingham which is usually scheduled the second week of August.  Some might go to Edinburgh early to experience the Edinburgh International Festival or to York, the first city on our tour, for sightseeing and exploring there.  Some might stay on in the UK to go to London, Scotland or elsewhere after the tour ends.  Several folks have told me that they are interested in one of these possibilities, so a land-only tour ought to work well for this trip.  If we have enough people who want to travel on August 25th and return on September 7th, we might be able to arrange a group flight rate for them.

Windermere, Abbasi1111, cca3.0

Lake Windemere in the Lake District

You can view the tour brochure posted on the blog site for all the details of the itinerary and the locations where we will be lodging.  The brochure includes the application form.  We expect this tour will fill quickly as many of the 2013 Quilts & Textiles of England & Wales Tour travelers plan to register.  Even if the tour is full when you contact Journeys with Jeff, or Mary or me, I encourage you to register for the waiting list.  Last tour, the fourth person on the waiting list went on the tour.  We do get cancellations.  We would love to have you join us for this special tour.

What am I looking forward to most on this tour?  It is hard to narrow down to just a few, but here are several:

      P1000510Beamish houses, PD

York Quilt Museum and Mainstreet at Beamish, the Living Museum of the North

  • Seeing the collaborative quilt exhibit at the York Quilt Gallery & Museum in York showing quilts from the museum’s collection each paired with a contemporary interpretation by Kaffe Fassett.
  • Seeing the quilts from the archives at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North and enjoying the entire day at this folk-style facility.
  • And seeing the Quaker Tapestry which tells the story of the Quakers in stitchery.  I have seen pictures of these embroidered panels and read about the process of their creation in the late 1900’s.  And an extra treat will be the demonstration of the embroidery stitching used to make them.

I am excited about this tour, both for myself and to see and share the enjoyment of the travelers.  I’ll tell you more about sites and events in future blog postings.  For more details on the Quilts & Needlework of Northern England Tour, see the tour brochure/registration form here.  Even if you are unable to go with us, you can “arm chair travel” by reading our postings and seeing our pictures.

(by Martha)

Photo credits:  Hardwick Hall interior copyright Tony Hisgett and licensed for reuse by CC-BY-SA-2.0 license; Hardwick Hall exterior copyright Trevor Rickard and licensed for reuse by CC-BY-SA-2.0 license; Lake Windemere copyright Abbasi1111 and licensed for reuse by CC-BY-A-3.0 license; York Quilt Museum copyright Collum Liska; Beamish, public domain.



  1. Congrats to the Iowa friends. You have secured the last spot on the tour and started the waiting list. For others interested in this tour, we encourage you to get on the waiting list. August 2015 is a long way off so we are likely to have cancellations. Cheers, Martha

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