Newsletter No. 5 – December 2017

This will be our last newsletter for 2017. Where did that year go?! A few little snippets before we take a break …

1000 followers on Instagram competition and giveaway 

Thanks everyone for all your follows, shares and tags. The lucky winner of our giveaway competition was Cath Hope!   It just goes to show that the more people you tag, the better your chances of winning!  Cath receives a $200 discount off the tour of her choice.

2018 textile tours

Laos: 7 – 16 May 2018
Only a few places left! This fantastic trip incorporates Mother’s Day (13 May).  Bring your mum, bring someone else’s mum, bring your daughter or just come on your own and enjoy travelling with a group of textile-enthused women who are on the same wavelength when it comes to handcrafts and textiles. This one’s nearly full so don’t delay – book now if Laotian textiles and small group travel are your thing. The tour includes fabulous handcraft markets, artisan villages, hands on workshops, textile galleries, private collections and more.

Vietnam: 30 June – 12 July 2018
(school holidays/semester break) – perfect for teachers, students & academics.

This very exciting itinerary follows a different route to our 2016 and 2017 trips and includes some brand new activities and locations; in particular beautiful Hoi An with its many ancient buildings, galleries and handcraft workshops, and a Co Tu village in central Vietnam, where we’ll be exploring Co Tu culture and weaving cloth and rattan with local village artisans.  We’re keeping some of the best highlights of previous trips, including a couple of fabulous textile markets, our overnight homestay with our favourite Red Dao family and of course the 2-day embroidery, batik, weaving and indigo dye workshop program with our friends from the Black Hmong ethnic minority.

Japan: 10 – 22 September 2018
This trip is sold out.  Let us know if you’d like to register an EOI (Expression of Interest) for future Japan tours.

2019 textile tours  

19 – 31 January – Japan – Sold out!
A wintry exploration of Japan, coinciding with the Tokyo Quilt Festival

February – India
Explore the glorious colours and textures of India! Includes indigo dyeing, blockprinting, weaving and embroidery workshops

March/April – Morocco
Come with us to beautiful Morocco and discover local weaving, rugmaking, embroidery and more

July – Bali & Flores
We’re reviving our original Bali textile tour and adding the nearby island of Flores to explore its  stunning ikat and botanical dyeing traditions

September – Japan (indigo dyeing)
A special itinerary uncovering the mysteries of the Japanese indigo tradition, known as ‘Japan Blue’

November – Thailand & Laos
The best of our current Laos itinerary together with the textiles of neighbouring Thailand

Most of our 2019 itineraries are still in development.  Don’t forget to register your Expression of Interest for a particular destination/s if you’d like to receive dates, prices and details and have an early bird opportunity to book your place. Email us to register an EOI or with any questions.

Inside the gallery and home of one of Japan’s foremost sashiko artists. Japan Textiles Tour 2017.

Down Under Textiles Magazine

Well known Australian textile mag Down Under Textiles has written a wee article on our textile tours!  Look out for the textile travel feature in issue 31, due out March 2018.

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Please share this newsletter (and our social media posts and website) with your crafty friends, sisters, mothers or anyone you think would love to take a textile tour. The more the merrier.

Finally, we hope you and your loved ones have a safe and happy festive season and that the New Year brings many creative opportunities your way.

All the best, until 2018!

Susan and Susan



2017 Vietnam Textiles Tour guests heading through the cornfields to our Red Dao homestay for the night.