Category Archives: Cultural Travel

Cultural travel, tours and excursions for the textile enthusiast.


A few weeks ago I had a lovely holiday in Kassiopi, Corfu. I had visited there a few years ago and had discovered a very talented weaver who has a small shop on the main street of Kassiopi. I was very pleased to see that she is still in business and is doing well. She is expanding her style and line of goods as her daughter-in-law is now learning to weave and is adding some of her own handwoven products to the shop.

Agathis Weaving Shop

Agathi studied weaving, sewing, crochet, needlework and textiles at a specialist school in Crete. She first started her shop in the early 70’s by crocheting and selling her products out on the street to the tourists who would pass by her home. Fairly quickly she was able to expand into a shop and she has successfully run her business and worked there since.
Crete Textile School

Agathis has a loom in the middle of the shop that always has a new project on it. During the summer months, you can see Agathis busy at work throughout the day and into the late evening.

Agathis loom

Bamboo Reed
bamboo reed
Agathis showed me a beautiful bamboo reed that her mother used to weave with. The bamboo dents occasionally broke but they could be replaced by cutting and filing another piece of bamboo.

Not only weaving – Agathis is proficient at crochet, needlework, embroidery, weaving and just about any other textile craft. Her shelves are brimming with handmade products that she has produced. I could spend hours at her shop, marvelling at what she has made. Every piece has a story behind it, and she is very happy to share her wealth of knowledge.

Crewel Work – Chain Stitch Embroidery
Chain stitch embroidery

Flokati Rugs
Flokati rugs

Embroidered Laces
embroidered laces

Crochet Angels

Handwoven Linen dyed with Natural Dyes

(Red and Yellow Onion Skins)
Red onion linen

red onion linen

Hand woven Throws
Handwoven throws
She also has a larger loom that she puts up during the winter months so she can weave wider projects such as throws and blankets.

Mario’s Olive Wood Workshop

Agathis also has a very talented son, Mario who specializes in woodworking using olive wood. He also has a shop in Kassiopi and ships his products worldwide.
Mario's olive wood
Mario's olive wood

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Earth sky

For those who are looking for a different sort of vacation here is something you might want to consider. Earth and Sky have a Meditative Art School that combines art and yoga.

In the Meditative Art practice the emphasis is on the use of natural material and exploring the way the natural materials effects us and our creativity. A variety of natural materials is used which include: natural paints, raw wool, natural fabrics, ropes, metal, creating with food items and painting with spices.

Meditative Art is a way of creating from a receptive and quiet state of mind.

Their programs take place in especially inspiring locations and they combine Meditative Art theory and practice together with daily yoga and meditation.

Some of the upcoming workshops are:
Earth and Sky in Ireland
April 2013

Beauty in Italy
end of July 2013

It sounds very peaceful and inspiring, doesn’t it?

Meditation Books

Buddha in Blue Jeans: An Extremely Short Simple Zen Guide to Sitting Quietly
Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

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Textile Travel-uk

Resources for the Creative Traveller
A book review and a guided tour of what you will find in your travels to the U.K.

tartan weaving mill

Mudchute Farm
If you are visiting London, don’t miss Mudchute Farm. It’s home to many rare breeds of sheep, goats, alpaca and other exotic animals

A visit to Verulamium to see ancient Roman spindles, artifacts and other archaeological textile finds.

Whitchurch Silk Mill
A visit to Whitchurch Silk Mill, a working silk mill producing silk yardage, using 19th Century looms.Cumbria

Quaker Tapestry Exhibition
The Quaker Tapestry exhibit in Kendal, UK is a collection of 77 separate narrative crewel embroidered panels that tell the story of the Quaker movement over the past 350 years.

Kendal Museum of Lakeland Life

Beatrix Potter Gallery

Ruskin Museum and Langdale Lace

Ruskin Lace
Elizabeth Prickett explains how to do Ruskin lace.

Linton Tweeds
At Linton Tweeds in Carlisle, their handloom section has 2 handlooms and a warping mill.

Images of Carlisle

An account of the early history of Carlisle and hard times of handloom weavers.

The Wool Clip
A group of 12 women based in Caldbeck, Cumbria give workshops in weaving, spinning, knitting and other fibre arts.

Farfield Mill Arts & Heritage Centre
The Farfield Mill centre in Sedbergh, Cumbria has an arts & crafts gallery and a weaving room with original Dobcross looms.

Lakeland Sheep & Wool Centre
19 breeds of sheep, a sheep shearer and highly trained sheep dogs, in Cockermouth, Cumbria.

Industries of Cumbria – Linen
Both flax and hemp were grown in Lancashire and West Cumbria.

Stott Park Bobbin Mill
Stott Park produced the wooden bobbins for the spinning and weaving mills.

Victorian Biz Game
A game on the BBC website makes you the advisor to a businessman in Kendal who wants to start up a cotton mill.

Cultural Travel

Bed & Breakfasts
Bed & Breakfasts for the traveller who is interested in weaving, spinning, knitting and textile related activities

Visit Europe for a cultural holiday.

Tours, weavers and craft shops to visit in Ireland.

Traveling to Scandinavia? Here are some suggestions for museums, tours, shops and other places to visit.

Bed and Breakfasts for Crafters: bandb

CA – Counting Sheep Inn
Near Mission, British Columbia, The Counting Sheep Inn is a working sheep farm where knitting and spinning classes can be arranged.

MO – Inn at Pioneer Mountain Farm
Pioneer Mountain Farm near Dillon, MO has a bit of everything, from flyfishing to cashmere spinning, weaving and dyeing.

MT – Fiber Haven
In the foothills of the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, sheep producers Jody and Bob Butler offer wool the spinners and weavers. They also have instructional workshops and a B & B.

NZ – Pear Drop Inn Farmstay B & B
Outside of Christchurch, NZ, Pear Drop Inn Farmstay offers theme holidays for groups.

OH – Magical Farm Alpacas
At Magical Farms in Litchfield OH, you can stroke the exquisite coats of huacaya and suri alpacas.

PA – Hillside Farm B & B
Hillside Farm in Mount Joy, PA, you can indulge in old fashioned favorites from time to time like spinning yarns, swapping tales, shooting the breeze, or that all-time great… watching the grass grow.

PA – Victorian Loft B & B
In Clearfield, PA the Victorian Loft B&B boasts the Sewing Room as it was featured in “Threads” Magazine. Those interested in clothing and textile will find this “Dream Room” a rare treat. Request a demo and discover how wool, exotic animal fibers, silk, and linen are spun into yarn for weaving or knitting of garments and household items.

TX – Blumenthal Farms B & B
Located in Fredericksburg, TX, Blumenthal Farms is a converted saloon and the general store is a weaving and spinning establishment. You can also visit a cotton gin, a rock storm cellar and a little old gingerbread farmhouse.

Cultural Travel

Travel – UK
Creative Traveller

Creative Traveller: aa052600

Kathy Brassill, owner of Handcrafted Holidays, has compiled an excellent resource book for those like to combine their passion for fibre with their vacation. This edition focuses on travel in Great Britain and Ireland. Kathy has travelled extensively throughout the region and gives in-depth info on what you will find on your holiday.
This 48 page book is compact and well organized. Each place that you can visit lists the address, contact name, telephone number, email and website info and a brief description of what you will find there.

Because we can’t all jump on the next plane and go, (though reading through this guide, I’m ready to pack my bags) here is a brief web tour of some of the sites.

As you can see, fibre is alive and well in the U.K. To find out more about this book and all the other places you can visit, you can contact Kathy Brassill at:
Handcrafted Holidays
or by email to:
handcraftedholidays at

Weavers Guilds



Mills, Museums and Places to Visit


Bronte Weaving Shed

The Bronte Weaving Shed is home of the famous Bronte tweed. Victorian handlooms are in full working order.



Museum of Welsh Life St. Fagan’s
This 100 acre park provides the visitor with a walking tour of Welsh life over the last 500 years.

N. Ireland

Fergusons Irish Linen
A virtual tour of the making of Irish linen on jaquard looms.

Fairs and Events


Foxford Woollen Mills Annual Craft Fair
Craft producers from all over the west of Ireland hold an annual show.



Bobbins Woolcrafts & Antiques
Lots of yarns to choose from, 5-ply gansey, Colinette, Rowans.


Colinette Yarns
This is where all those yummy-coloured yarns are created.


Orkney Angora
Angora knitwear produced by a small, family-run business situated in the Orkney Islands. Enjoy the scenic video clip of the Orkneys, then type in “angora” in the search box.


Blarney Woollen Mills
Browse through the history of the Blarney Woollen Mill or shop in their on-line store.

Workshops and Courses



Arran Textiles
Arran Textiles holds spinning, dyeing and weaving workshops to introduce textile crafts to the community.