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Jean Moss Handknits
10-20 May 2010
Martin Storey
Sue Bradley
Jean Moss
...and more
Reserve a place here
If you would like to check out our tours with previous members before booking,
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Jean Moss workshop Philosophical gloves Freeform knitting
Hosted by Jean Moss and partner, Philip Mercer, this intimate two-centred tour will give you a unique taste of the best of the British knit scene. Every detail has been handpicked to create a really memorable and special experience for you.
Workshops and lectures from Jean and other top British designers
Yarn and textile-related people and places
Splendid independent hotels with delicious
food and atmosphere
5 days each in two fabulous locations in city and countryside
Wonderful gardens and historic houses
Lots of activities and interest for non-knitters too
Music, dance and much more
This is our ninth year of running UK tours and once more we're excited to be meeting up with both old friends and making some new ones.  We're visiting South West England, a region rich in cloth-making and wool tradition. We'll all meet up at Bristol International Airport, and we'll take you back there at the end of the tour.
Dartington Bedroom
Dartington Courtyard Dartington Food
First off to Dartington Hall, near Totnes, which will be our home for the next five days.  A medieval manor house surrounded by fabulous gardens, and steeped in antiquity, the Hall is renowned as a pioneering and visionary centre for creativity and the arts. Set in the rolling Devon hills, it is a perfect place to relax, eat, sleep and of course...knit!
Queensberry Bedroom Queensberry Hotel, Bath Queensberry Garden
Then on for the second part of the tour in the heart of the world-heritage city of Bath - staying in the luxurious boutique Queensberry Hotel.  Resplendent with honey-coloured buildings, grand classical crescents and breathtaking views, Bath is a stylish city brimming with history, fashion and design.  A few yards from the Assembly Rooms, step outside your hotel into streets little changed since the days of Jane Austen and Lady Hamilton.
Carol Meldrum workshop We are delighted to have Martin Storey and Sue Bradley for our visiting designers. Formerly designer for the influential knitwear company Artwork, Martin is now principal designer for Rowan. He will be running a workshop based on his signature, traditional 'fisher gansey' inspired stitches from around the British Isles.
Sue has spent a lot of time researching into historical costume detail, and her passion is to embellish and layer knitted fabrics by stitching, cutting, printing and felting.  She uses a wide variety of materials to knit with, including wool, silk, cotton, elastic, metallic yarns and wire, plastics, vintage fabrics, beading, lace, and a lot of re-cycled materials.
Shadow Knitting        Jean Moss
Short Row Chic- Japanese style     Jean Moss
British Island Afghans    Martin Storey
Custom knits: exciting accessories from existing fabrics
     Sue Bradley
Illustrated talks by Jean, Martin & Sue
Kumihimo/Japanese braiding with Jacqui Carey
Show & Share and Knitters’ Clinic

knitting close-up
shadow cushion
aquamarine scarf
close up
Stroud International Textile Festival celebrating work by contemporary textile makers
Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey - beautiful riverside venue exhibiting work by 240 makers Bovey Handloom Weavers
Spin-a-Yarn store
Coldharbour Mill, an historic working spinning mill
Peto Garden at Iford Manor enchanting/ Italianate garden
Abbey House Gardens in the ancient Cotswold town of Malmesbury, home of naked gardeners, Barbara and Ian pollard
River Dart cruise fromTotnes to Dartmouth, a picturesque journey to one of the departure points of the Pilgrim Fathers, passing Greenway, Agatha Christie's hose and garden
Roman Baths, Fashion Museum, No 1 Royal Crescent, vintage textile shops and other splendid places in this world-heritage city
Lots of opportunity for sampling the world famous traditional Devon cream teas and of course West Country pub hospitality, including lunch in Widecombe-in-the-Moor in rugged Dartmoor and renowned for the folksong Widecombe Fair
Spin a Yarn store Abbey House Gardens
Screen Printing at Devon Craftsmen
Dartington Gardens
We have also booked singer- songwriter (and knitter ) Jo Hamiliton for our musical evening. Meanwhile have a listen to her Knitting Song.

GB £2275/US $3980 - (single supplement GB £320/US $560)

Deposit GB£325/US$570

Reserve your place here.  Price includes accommodation, breakfast, nine dinners, all tuition, all admissions, travel during tour, workshop refreshment, guides. Price does not include flights to the UK, medical, travel or baggage insurance, alcoholic drinks with meals, personal hotel items like room service or phone, gratuities to hotel or coach staff.

Non-knitting Partners & Friends
We very much welcome non-knitters. There is a wealth of activities and attractions for people not wishing to attend the knitting sessions including: galleries and museums; hiking and biking; golf & water sports; ornithology; horse-riding; archaeology; narrow-gauge and steam railways; and, of course, many other wonderful gardens and historic houses.


We have personally researched and sampled every bit of our tours
We have run our tours for eight years and have a reputation for excellence
We aim to create a house party feel about our trips
We base each tour only in two locations to allow you to settle in and feel at home
As well as good design and beauty we appreciate the quirky side of life
Where possible we love to get off the beaten track
Above all we want you to have a great time and a memorable knitting holiday!!!


Click here to reserve a place, or for more information
or phone/fax +44 (0) 1904 646282


Suzan (left) and Carol 'Extremely well-organized and planned... Jean and Philip are incredible hosts. I would happily sign on for a tour again' Michele
'I had an absolutely wonderful time. This exceeded my expectations on all counts' Lynn
'This has been a truly unforgettable experience... I especially appreciated the chance to meet designers whom I have known only through books as generous and stimulating personalities' Carol
'Thanks so much for a wonderful memorable experience' Nancy
'Really, everything was wonderful!! It was a dream trip for me. Your hard work and hospitality are very appreciated'  Sheri

Click here to read Sheila Ruof's account of May 2002 tour as posted on Knit U
Highlights of previous tours
More of MaryEllen's watercolours painted whilst the rest of us knitted. Left is poppy at Sutton Park

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