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La Vecchia Scuola

September Stitch Summer School, 2023

Draw with a needle, paint with thread and discover in the beautiful region of Abruzzo, central Italy....what could be better ?

September Stitch Summer School, 2023
September Stitch Summer School, 2023

Time & Location

13 Sept 2023, 12:20 – 19 Sept 2023, 12:20

La Vecchia Scuola, 66046 Colle Case CH, Italy

About the event

Discover the delights the beautiful region of Abruzzo, central Italy, whilst learning to draw with a needle and paint with thread.  

This Creative Summer School has a strong stitch bias running alongside location based research and information gathering. You’ll discover experimental approaches to Free Machine Embroidery and discover tips and tricks to help your sewing always run smoothly!  

I'm best known for my expressive and adventurous machine stitch techniques.  I shall show you a range of techniques to ensure you have a broad tool kit of machine mark making possibilites.

This summer school provides you with the opportunity to explore in an inspiring atmosphere with a highly experienced tutor. You’ll leave with a bundle of experiments and ideas which will inspire and full further projects for many moons to come…not to mention great memories of a fantastic creative adventure in this wonderful region of Italy.  It's a workshop & holiday combined, a true creative adventure.

“Dionne’s Summer School has been a great success and an amazing experience visiting stunning locations with lovely companions and following a creative programme which inspired, motivated and challenged in equal measures . Dionne is a brilliant teacher and skilled communicator and this week has enabled me to develop an exciting repertoire for future work . I just can’t wait to return to continue this creative journey. Many thanks to Dionne and the friends I made at La Vecchia Scuola”

Read more reviews here

You could also take a look at some of my Italian inspired pieces

I'm happy to have a chat about your potential routes or you can simply opt for the Stansted/Pescara flight as suggested +44 (0) 7974747080 

The workshop only price is £750 approx [flights schedules may suggest a longer or shorter time period]: This includes workshop tuition, materials and equipment, lunches and refreshments on the workshop days, workshop transport and welcome aperitivo. 

You are responsible for booking flights [approx £216 return at the time of writing] and accommodation at Hotel Al Duca [65 - 80 euro per night, payable directly at the hotel: I shall book this directly with the hotel on your behalf], airport transfer 50 euros [if required, payable locally]. 7/8 students per week.  

Example itinerary:

Arrival day – I will be there to greet you on arrival at Pescara Airport. It's a 1 hour transfer to Atessa and Hotel Al Duca, relax and get your bearings during the afternoon then once you have freshened up everyone is invited to a welcome meal in the evening - we'll meet in the hotel reception area.

Each day of the workshop I will pick you up at 9.30am at Hotel Al Duca and return you there for 5.30pm after a full day of creativity & just in time for aperitivo!  Evenings are free time for you to enjoy…

Day one 

Morning – Researching and collecting visual information.  The Abrussese coast line is dotted with spectacular ‘Trabocchi’ [wooden fishing platforms] – they are a truly special feature of the Abruzzo region & perfect visual stimuli! We shall enjoy lunch at a local restaurant near the beach.

Afternoon – Back at La Vecchia Scuola I shall introduce a technique to help you develop the images collected that morning.

Day two

Morning – Market day in Atessa!!! So I'll give you some time to take in the sights and sounds as well as picking up a few bargains!  Then  we shall venture into the mountains and work ‘en plein air’ to capture the amazing vistas and landscapes of the Appeninnes: followed by a  traditional mountain lunch at a local Agriturismo.

Afternoon – Back at La Vecchia Scuola, I’ll demonstrate another new technique useful for developing that mornings images and incorporate yesterdays ideas and techniques.

Day three

Morning – Tornareccio, the nearest village, is known for its honey and its mosaics – we shall spend the morning investigating the latter through the small alleys, streets and piazzas of this pleasant hillside village: then it's lunch at the local restaurant: Meditteraneo

Afternoon – Back at La Vecchia Scuola we shall look at incorporating further techniques into your new repertoire and discuss how you might move forward with your work.  In the evening there will be the opportunity to learn traditional pasta making skills too...another little thing for your repetoir!! 

Day four

We head to the Trabbochi coast, just 25 minutes away.  We'll use these spectualar fishing platform structures to inspire drawings and stitch - we'll lunch at the coast, there will be time for a swim, a relax on the beach, a gelato or even an aperol spritz!

Day Five

The Final workshop day, but still time to be in the studio and to consider different methods of finishing/mounting/presentation pieces. You’ll have time to complete your work as well as review and evaluate [individually and with the group]

On your final day at Al Duca it's sadly time to say goodbye & I shall drop you off back in Pescara in time for your connection/flight….

What workshop supplies will you need to bring? 

Drawing/sketching media – coloured pencils are ideal [sometimes watercolour pencils can be a little softer and give stronger colour] 

A hard back sketchbook minimum A4 size  - I like wire bound Pink Pig books.

Camera/ipad

Bear in mind it may be very warm – you may like a hat/suncream & a refillable water bottle…

What supplies/materials/equipment will be provided for you at La Vecchia Scuola? 

Papers, basic fabrics, threads, scissors and of course sewing machines.

Getting there

The nearest airport is Pescara https://www.ryanair.com there are regular flights from Stansted, UK and other European airports.  I usually co-ordination collection from the main Stansted flight. [FR982 Standsted - Pescara] [FR983 Pescara - Standsted] yet if interested parties are predominently for another part of the country we can look at alternatives - there are plenty of options.

Some students find it easier to fly to Rome – there is a bus that connects from right outside the terminal [of both the Roman airports] to Pescara [approx 2.5 hours €27 bookable online] Prontobus http://www.prontobusitalia.it If you aim to arrive to coincide with airport collections/drop offs, I can whizz by the bus station to collect you as well 🙂

Accommodation

Hotel Al Duca in Atessa  : Antonio is lovely and incredibly ammenable.  Al Duca is well placed in the centre of Atessa where there are a range of bars and restaurants all in strolling distance.  I will book this on your behalf/I have already provisionally held a series of rooms.

I know this hotel well and it is perfect: its a small, well run hotel which has been recently re-modelled.  Its exceptionally clean and the restaurant is well regarded in the area – there’s free wifi and access to the local public swimming pool a short walk away.

If partners or family would like to join you after you've completed the workshop, then I have a series of options for you - call for a chat, that's the quickest solution!  

If you have a group of like minded friends and would like a tailor-made workshop in Abruzzo, please get in touch and we can make some plans.

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  • Stitch Summer School Sept 23

    5 days of workshop inc tuition, workshop transport, excursions, lunches, refreshments and materials

    £750.00
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