Archives for March 2016

Two beautiful landscapes in acrylics by Mike Willdridge

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Our good friend at Watermill painting tutor Mike Willdridge has just sent me a lovely pair of acrylic paintings. He tells me: “At the end of May this year I’m opening my studio as part of Dorset Open Studios and currently putting together some appropriate work” (Dorset is a country in the  South-west of England, where Mike and his wife Sue now live.)

Mike says: “These two local scenes which are typical of many of the Dorset scenes that I’ll be exhibiting. Both are acrylic on board and measure 600mm x 600mm and both were painted in the studio from photos taken recently this Spring. The location of these is near a village called Fleet which sits alongside Chesil Beach, near Weymouth.” The painting above is ‘Fleet, looking East’, while the one below is ‘Fleet, looking West’.

Mike fleet West

Mike will also be helping you to capture the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany, in acrylics, watercolours or gouache, during his week-long course at The Watermill this August/September.

Mike new head and shoulders FINALMike Willdridge will be with us this year from Saturday 27 August to Saturday 3 September 2016. He will concentrate on watercolour and drawing, but is also happy also to teach in gouache and acrylics.

Mike especially values drawing as a way of recording/responding to everyday events and makes constant use of a sketchbook. He’ll encourage you to do the same and to take a sketchbook on location, building up a journal of memories of your time at the watermill and in the unspoilt countryside of Lunigiana.

 *** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here. 

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.

Mike Willdridge’s wonderful watercolour of Flavio’s bridge and millstream gushing towards the river.

 

Easter hols? Time to think of Summer painting!

Flavio Spring 16 2May we take this opportunity of wishing you and yours buona pasqua, Happy Easter, wherever you are in the world. We hope you have a wonderful time as Spring begins to spring, the flowers bloom and the birds sing.

And perhaps you’ll find time to contemplate enjoying a Summer painting holiday at the Watermill this year, where all will be blooming lovely, the tutors inspirational, the scenery stunning and the river and the wine will flow. Come and join us for la bella vita italiana.

We’re filling fast. Here’s the latest availability, but it is changing rapidly, do please contact us if you have a favourite tutor or favourite week and we’ll reserve your place.

Janie plus paintingJanie Pirie 14 May to 21 May 2016 Three places left

Painting plants with coloured pencils

To learn more about Janie, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please click here.

Sarah Y plus paintingSarah Yeoman 4 June to 11 June 2016 One place left AND 11 June to 18 June 2016 One place left

Watercolours

To learn more about Sarah, her courses at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please click here

Sandra plus paintingSandra Strohschein 18 June to 25 June 2016 Course Full: Waiting List

Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please click here

Lea plus pictureLea Nixon 25 June to 2 July 2016 Course Full: Waiting List AND 1 October to 8 October 2016 Still plenty of places

Watercolours

To learn more about Lea, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here

Terry plus pictureTerry Jarvis 2 July to 9 July 2016 One/two places left

Watercolours

To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here

Amanda plus pictureAmanda Brett 9 July to 16 July 2016 Four places left

Watercolours

To learn more about Amanda, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please click here

Keith plus pictureKeith Hornblower 13 August to 20 August 2016 Five/six places left

Watercolours

To learn more about Keith, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here

Mike plus pictureMike Willdridge 27 August to 3 September 2016 Three/four places left

Watercolours, oils and acrylics, drawing, sketching.

To learn more about Mike, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here

Sarah S plus pictureSarah Spencer 3 September to 10 September 2016 One/two places left

Oils and acrylics, drawing

To learn more about Sarah, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please click here

Trevor plus pictureTrevor Lingard 24 September to 1 October 2016 Five/six places left

Watercolours

To learn more about Trevor, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here

David plus pictureDavid Taylor 8 October to 15 October 2016 One/two places left

Watercolours

To learn more about David, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here

*** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here. 

Sarah group riverside 2014

 

 

Why is Italy the healthiest country in Europe (and second in the world)?

Healthy food enjoy panzanella at The Watermill

Healthy food: enjoy panzanella at The Watermill

I have just been reading a fascinating article by Francesca Bezzone in the online magazine Life in Italy (http://www.lifeinitaly.com/) which ponders on why Italians are so healthy. I agree with all the factors she cites below and I’d like to add the ‘rhythm’ of Italian life – taking the time to enjoy the pleasures of each day — food, conversation, art, architecture, sunshine, scenery, wine. Viva la vita in buon salute italiana.

Francesca writes: “With an economy struggling to take off, high levels of unemployment and a rampant immigration problem, there is very little Italy can cheer about these days, BUT… it is the second healthiest country in the whole world!

Recently Bloomberg published the results of its research into the healthiest places on earth. And Italy fared excellently, being the healthiest country in Europe and second healthiest in the whole world, second only – and by a minimal margin – to Singapore.

Of course, part of this success is related to the fact that, in spite of our complaints and criticisms, the Italian healthcare system works well. Although there are issues, … the system is solid, well established and fair. Access is open to all Italian citizens for free, as well as tourists and even illegal immigrants. Family doctors are available basically every day of the week, pay home visits and can only have up to 1500 patients, so that they can care for each of them properly.

That diet plays a huge role in Italy’s health is obvious: the Mediterranean diet, an immaterial World patrimony according to UNESCO, is Italy’s natural form of eating. Rich in vegetables, fruits, fish and healthy oils, such as of course, extra virgin olive oil, the Mediterranean diet also endorses consumption of healthy grains, such as barley and spelt, which are great to increase fibre intake and keep cholesterol at bay.

It also encourages a moderate consumption of alcohol, namely a glass of good wine per meal, which has been proven to be beneficial for our heart’s health. Thanks to this penchant for health and fresh produce, even the dishes that made culinary Italy famous around the world have a much healthier kick to them than everywhere else: pizza toppings are usually fresh and lighter than those used in the US or in the UK, and the same can be said of pasta sauces, largely tomato and vegetable based. Alfredo sauce, for example, is something we do not know in Italy.

Dinner at the watermill..Great tastes, good company.

Dinner at the Watermill..Great tastes, good company, time to enjoy them

There may be more to it, though. Italians have naturally healthy habits also when it comes to several more aspects of nutrition. Italians eat their three meals a day religiously, and like to take their time while doing it. It may seem a silly point to make, but it is not: sitting down to eat your food and having proper, non-processed ingredients is an important way to keep us healthy, just as not skipping meals is and let us face it, you would barely find an Italian skipping lunch or dinner on a regular basis.

Walking and cycling to get to work or school is still very common in Italy, too, which means Italians are on average less sedentary than others (even though we have been faring worse than before on this side in recent years). And even good weather, in the sense of a good balance between cold and warm months, may be playing a role in keeping us healthy for longer.

Good healthcare, great food and a series of good, well ingrained healthy habits seem to be at least in part to thank for Italy’s longevity and health. Of course, it is not as simple as that, as many scientists point out: in 2013 the Lancet, one of the most reputable medical journal in the world, published a comparative study on the improvement of health in European countries over the past 20 years, where Italy had already proven to be the second healthiest country in the continent (a result surpassed today, as we have seen). Yet, Dr Jessop, one of the research leaders, when asked how Italians do manage to keep healthy and live longer than many other people, answered: “to be honest, nobody knows. Life expectancy looks like a simple number but it’s incredibly complicated – with a huge number of factors all playing a part. We can speculate about the causes, but it’s impossible to give a single definitive answer.”

Let us follow the Italian example, then, even if we don’t know exactly why it works so well!”

So, come and enjoy the healthy Italian lifestyle on one of our famous painting, knitting, Italian language or yoga courses. We’d love to welcome you hear for a relaxing, yet stimulating week. More about everything can be found by clicking here.

A lovely photograph of the mill and the riverside gardens. Lots of greens!

The Watermill and the riverside gardens. Relax and enjoy.

Values are key to rich darks in your watercolours, says Amanda

Video by Amanda Brett, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Our enthusiastic and talented watercolour tutor Amanda Brett has just made a little video which she’d like to share with you. It’s about value scales, a key tool for the watercolour painter.

Amanda says: “Practice making value scales with all your colours so you know how dark they are and how light you can make them. Which of your colours make rich darks? In this demo I used French Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson and Burnt Sienna to make my dark values.”

You can see all about it in Amanda’s short video on You Tube, by clicking here. And then why not come and learn more, as well as painting in glorious Tuscany, when Amanda joins us for an inspiring week at The Watermill this Summer.Painting by Amanda Brett, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Amanda is a sympathetic and experienced tutor— and she loves passing on her passion to her students. She says: I never knew I would love teaching watercolour as much as I do.She adds: “It’s my job to help you develop your style and create better art.”

Here’s a comment from one of her students: “Amanda shared all her super secrets with us so freely, and gave each student equal time and attention.” And here’s another:I am primarily a portrait artist but you’ve given me skills to work in other areas I want to pursue too and watching you paint was invaluable. You are a very talented and generous woman, and a wonderful tutor. Yours is only the second watercolour workshop I have ever attended – you can get good artists and you can get good art tutors but it is hard to find the two in one person, and you are gifted at both.”Painting by Amanda Brett, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.

Amanda painting LuccaSaturday 9 July to Saturday 16 July 2016

Amanda Brett Watercolours

To find out more about Amanda and her course at the watermill next year, please click here. And to enquire about availability and/or reserve your place, please click here.

*** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.Painting by Amanda Brett, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.

 

 

My camera helps me look but my sketchbook makes me see, says Mike Willdridge

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Our friend and inspiring Watermill painting tutor Mike Willdridge has recently returned from a trip to Southern Africa – and, of course, as usual, he took his trusty sketchbook with him.

He tells me: Most of my finished work is produced in the studio. When away from my studio I always carry a sketchbook and camera and, from the responses and recordings I make using these, I develop my work. The way I see it my camera helps me look but my sketchbook makes me see. 

 I take a lot of photos (with my phone) and, if there’s time will work something in my sketchbook. I don’t need a lot of time; a few seconds or minutes will do. The sketch I’ve attached below the finished work took about 20 minutes. There is, however, a third and important ‘aid’ that I use in the studio and that is my memory of that particular scene/day/moment. Currently, I’m trying to simplify my work and am relying on my memory more and more now.”

The picture above is a page from his sketchbook, using watercolour and gouache. And below is a finished painting (oil on board, 600mm x 600mm), called Storms River Mouth, South Africa.

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.

Come and look — and see — with us on Mike’s sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring painting week at The Watermill.

Mike new head and shoulders FINALMike Willdridge will be with us this year from Saturday 27 August to Saturday 3 September 2016. He will concentrate on watercolour and drawing, but is also happy also to teach in gouache and acrylics.

As you see, Mike especially values drawing as a way of recording/responding to everyday events and makes constant use of a sketchbook. He’ll encourage you to do the same and to take a sketchbook on location, building up a journal of memories of your time at the watermill and in the unspoilt countryside of Lunigiana.

 *** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here. 

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.

Mike Willdridge’s wonderful watercolour of Flavio’s bridge and millstream gushing towards the river.

 

So this is what statues get up to when we are not looking!

Blog statuesWe loved this picture in the daily blog of Freya Middleton, who is in charge of the wonderful guides for our Florence Add-on. It’s the work of one of Italy’s most acclaimed artists, Francesco Vezzoli, and it is currently on show in the Museion, the modern art museum in Bolzano in the North of Italy. We thought this picture might brighten your weekend.

You can enjoy other classical busts at the watermill. Here’s a head of  Aphrodite in our communal sitting room, but we are not sure what she gets up to at night. Should we check the level of the digestivi in the mornings?Jan digestivi reduced

Come and see for yourself on a Watermill painting course – and perhaps give the statues life in your own work.

We’re filling fast. Here’s the latest availability, but it is changing rapidly, do please contact us if you have a favourite tutor or favourite week and we’ll reserve your place.

Janie plus paintingJanie Pirie 14 May to 21 May 2016 Three/four places left

Painting plants with coloured pencils

To learn more about Janie, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please click here.

Sarah Y plus paintingSarah Yeoman 4 June to 11 June 2016 Two/three placea left AND 11 June to 18 June 2016 One place left

Watercolours

To learn more about Sarah, her courses at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please click here

Sandra plus paintingSandra Strohschein 18 June to 25 June 2016 Course Full: Waiting List

Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please click here

Lea plus pictureLea Nixon 25 June to 2 July 2016 Course Full: Waiting List AND 1 October to 8 October 2016 Still plenty of places

Watercolours

To learn more about Lea, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here

Terry plus pictureTerry Jarvis 2 July to 9 July 2016 One/two places left

Watercolours

To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here

Amanda plus pictureAmanda Brett 9 July to 16 July 2016 Four/five places left

Watercolours

To learn more about Amanda, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please click here

Keith plus pictureKeith Hornblower 13 August to 20 August 2016 Five/six places left

Watercolours

To learn more about Keith, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here

Mike plus pictureMike Willdridge 27 August to 3 September 2016 Three/four places left

Watercolours, oils and acrylics, drawing, sketching.

To learn more about Mike, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here

Sarah S plus pictureSarah Spencer 3 September to 10 September 2016 One/two places left

Oils and acrylics, drawing

To learn more about Sarah, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please click here

Trevor plus pictureTrevor Lingard 24 September to 1 October 2016 Five/six places left

Watercolours

To learn more about Trevor, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here

David plus pictureDavid Taylor 8 October to 15 October 2016 One/two places left

Watercolours

To learn more about David, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please click here

 

 

 

The secret of drawing? Practise every day, says Mike Willdridge

Mike Alice 2 sketchOur good friend and inspiring Watermill painting tutor Mike Willdridge emphasises the great importance of drawing. He says: “I suspect that if you were to ask any ‘artist’ (painter, sculptor, photographer, printmaker, designer an so on) this question: “What do you consider to be the single most important skill for an artist?” The answer is likely to be “the skill of drawing”.

Mike adds: “Certainly, that’s how I feel. It is not, however, the value I place on a ‘good drawing’ or the ability to draw well that puts drawing at the top of my list. It is, rather, because I value drawing as an excellent way to help an artist to see.

“Let me explain further. The National Gallery in London has a statistic that on average visitors look at any one of their thousands of paintings for just seven seconds; and five seconds of that time is spent looking and reading the artist’s name. In other words, we are all able to look but maybe we don’t always see. I believe that the simple act of drawing (especially from the real world) allows the artist to take time to look at any subject for long enough to be able to see. Therefore, the importance that I place on drawing as a skill is more about its value as a tool to help a person to see and is not necessarily about the quality of the drawing itself.

“For anyone wanting to develop their drawing skills, I am offering this simple tip: Draw every day.

“If you were learning to play a musical instrument, wouldn’t it be that your teacher would say just the same … practice everyday? Really, it’s no different with drawing.

“I would advise that you get yourself a little sketchbook, hard backed if possible, a soft pencil and a pen – a biro or one of those permanent black ink drawing pens. Of course, there’s lots more you could carry around but, to start with opt for something that’ll fit in your bag or pocket.

Mike sketchbook

Here are some eagles I sketched in pencil at a farm in Germany on holiday with my children.”

Mike Eagles pencil

Now three things to consider to get yourself started:

1. CARRY YOUR SKETCHBOOK EVERYWHERE. The secret is to get your sketchbook out when you have a few moments to spare such as at a cafe, waiting in an airport, on the metro/train, in a park at lunchtime, at a concert  or wherever. It needn’t take long; ten or fifteen minutes would be fine. If you don’t have your sketchbook, draw on anything such as the back of an envelope but be sure to stick the drawing into your sketchbook later.

Here’s a sketch of a woman on her laptop, drawn in a station waiting room.”Mike woman laptop sketch

2. KEEP IT SIMPLE. “Draw anything; you’ll soon realise there’s a wealth of subject matter around you, especially in the ordinary. The cup and saucer on your cafe table, the person reading a newspaper opposite you in the airport or on the train, the little shed in the park, someone in the audience/on stage at a concert or meeting and so on. Here’s a simple sketch of a man playing a flute.”

Mike flute player sketch

3. DON’T WORRY IF IT DOESN’T SEEM TO BE GOING WELL. “The real value is in doing it, not what it looks like. Really, don’t worry about ‘mistakes’  or what other people may think. Here are some heads, drawn at The Louvre. Museums and galleries are excellent places in which to draw.”

Mike museum heads

CONCLUSION. “Everyone can learn to draw, especially if they do it just for themselves. Think of your sketchbook as a visual diary. In addition to drawing in it, why not stick in other visual evidence of where you were, such as tickets, postcards, food wrappers etc. Anything, but use it regularly.”

LASTLY. “Think about it. We all learn to do things by doing them. We learnt to read by constantly reading, we learnt to drive by driving and we learnt to cook by cooking. It’s the same for drawing. Do it everyday, keep it simple and don’t worry if you ‘make mistakes’. To sign off today, here’s Alice, a friend’s daughter, drawn in our Living Room. Alice was fully occupied with her own drawing.”

Mike-Alice-sketch

Come and occupy yourself with drawing — and much else beside — on Mike’s sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring painting week at The Watermill.

Mike new head and shoulders FINALMike Willdridge will be with us this year from Saturday 27 August to Saturday 3 September 2016. He will concentrate on watercolour and drawing, but is also happy also to teach in gouache and acrylics.

Mike especially values drawing as a way of recording/responding to everyday events and makes constant use of a sketchbook. He’ll encourage you to do the same and to take a sketchbook on location, building up a journal of memories of your time at the watermill and in the unspoilt countryside of Lunigiana.

 *** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here. 

Painting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.

Mike Willdridge’s wonderful watercolour of Flavio’s bridge and millstream gushing towards the river.

 

We’d like you to be our friend!

Flavio grapes 1 2015 reducedIf you haven’t already done so, may we suggest you sign up to be a Friend of The Watermill? By becoming a Friend, you’ll enjoy many exclusive benefits.

There are

  • practical and inspiring tips and helpful advice from our watermill tutors on painting and drawing, creative writing and yoga and meditation
  • mouth-watering recipes from The Watermill’s menus.

And one of the great advantages of becoming a Watermill Friend is that you get first notice of special discount offers on our creative courses. It’s our policy to give Friends the first choice on outstanding deals to help us fill the few remaining places on up-coming courses. Of course, you won’t have much choice of bedrooms, nor of places on creative courses that are already full, but we reckon our Friends ‘specials’ are a great deal for that last-minute choice.

There is one such special offer already up on the Friends page of our website. Here’s a small clue:

Painting by Janie Pirie, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.

To find out more, please go to our Friends page by clicking here.  Just follow the instructions to Register as a Friend (it’s free) and then Log In to enjoy a special relationship with us (inspiring and economically advantageous!)

Come and be our Friend! We’ll be there for you!

Joanne and group convent 3

 

 

A pocket-sized masterpiece from Sarah

Painting by Sarah Spencer, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.This magnificent oil painting, ‘Worm Diggers, Whitstable’ is by our inspiring oil and acrylic painting tutor Sandra Spencer. Isn’t it great – though it’s a pocket-sized greatness: the painting is just 6” by 8″. Sarah says: “I was helped by the recent purchase of a tiny pochade box, a present from me to me.”

We can’t wait to see what Sarah and her students will make of the wonderful Tuscan scenery surrounding the Watermill during her course this September.

Sarah S H&S for tutor profileAward-winning English artist Sarah Spencer RAS, NEAC* is internationally known for her landscapes, portraits and still lifes. She has had no fewer than 10 solo exhibitions in London since graduating from the Royal Academy Schools.

Her work has won national and international acclaim. (*Alumnus of the Royal Academy Schools, elected member of the New English Art Club and Federation of British Artists). Below is a stunning oil of hers of the palazzo dei priori in Perugia:Painting by Sarah Spencer, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Sarah also tutors painting courses and leads masterclasses for, among others, the UK Royal Academy and the University of the Creative Arts. She is a passionate and inspiring tutor and will take her Watermill students to paint en plein air at wonderful nearby locations, as well as teaching the art of portraiture and still-life in the Watermill studio. She will teach in oils and acrylics and in various drawing mediums. Here’s an intriguing double portrait of Sarah’s twin daughters:Painting by Sarah Spencer, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Sarah Spencer’s course will run from Saturday 3 September to Saturday 10 September 2016 and you can find more details by clicking here** We already have 10 bookings on Sarah’s course, so we’ve room for only one or two more.

If you would like to enquire about the course and/or reserve a place, please use our Secure Enquiry Form, by clicking here. Sarah’s course is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced painters. She says: I am really looking forward to sharing my passion and passing on what I’ve learned about oil and acrylic painting and about drawing.”

Painting by Sarah Spencer, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.Sarah Spencer Oils and acrylics, drawing

3 September to 10 September 2016 Three/four places left

Please click here to learn more about Sarah, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures.

*** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

Design your own lace patterns with Sarah

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Sarah Hatton, who is running an inspiring knitting course at The Watermill this May/June has just sent us these lovely new pictures of the lace scarf, one of the two projects she has specially designed for you to make during your week here.

Sarah says: This project will help you understand how eyelet lace is formed; we will also cover short row shaping, beading and knitted on edges.

“You will then design your own small lace pattern before knitting a shawl or scarf. There are three shape options as shown above and you can either select from charted lace patterns or include your own lace pattern.”

Hatton cable projectYou’ll also be working with Sarah on another specially designed project on cables. Sarah says: “If you have always wanted to tackle the classic Aran sweater but were terrified to start this project aims to ease your way into working cables.

Note: All the yarn for these projects will be provided free of charge. You just bring your knitting needles: 4.5mm, 5mm and 6mm, and 6mm cable needle.

Sarah Hatton is a designer for the Rowan Yarns and also teaches knitting classes worldwide. She learnt to knit as a child and has always been passionate about fashion. After gaining a degree in fashion design she began working in the handknit industry and has done so for over 15 years.

Sarah is also an enthusiastic, sympathetic and inspirational tutor. As well as the specially designed cable and lace projects, she will also pass on professional tips and techniques to take your knits from ‘homemade’ to ‘handmade’.

Sarah’s first week with us in May is completely booked out, but we have places on her second week from Saturday 28 May to Saturday 4 June:

Sarah Hatton head and shoulders28 May to 4 June 2016

Sarah Hatton

Knitting and La Bella Vita

Please click here to learn more about Sarah and her course at the mill.