Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Kittenish Behaviour Sewing Retreat At Lisle Combe and Swifts & Swallows May 2019

Kittenish Behaviour Sewing Retreat
At 
Lisle Combe and Swifts & Swallows St Lawrence, 
Isle of Wight

9th, 10th & 11th May 2019 



Peeps! It brings me great pleasure to announce the first KB Sewing Retreat (of hopefully, many)! I have teamed up with the lovely Ruth from Lisle Combe to bring you a spectacular weekend filled with lots of sewing, yummy food and Isle of Wight goodness! Here’s what you can expect….

The Make

Our sewing adventure will be bag making! The pattern will be confirmed in March 2019 and I will be sending out fabric, interfacing and hardware requirements. I will be offering hardware and interfacing kits to purchase if you only wish to worry about picking your fabrics! 



Itinerary

Arrivals from 3.30pm at Lisle Combe.

You’ll be met with welcoming beverages and yummy homemade cake.

You’ll be introduced to your accommodation, which will be your home for the next couple of days.

6.30pm : Everybody
Everyone to meet at Lisle Combe for carriages (fancy way of saying Taxis) that will whisk us away to The Spyglass for dinner whilst overlooking the sea.

10.30pm : Everybody
Carriages return to Lisle Combe and Swifts & Swallows.

Friday 10th May 2019 

8.30am : Breakfast
For those staying at Lisle Combe this will be served in the dining room.
For those staying in Swifts & Swallows a self catering breakfast will be provided for you to help yourselves.

9.30am : Sewing Class Peeps
For those taking the sewing class we will meet in the lounge/sewing room to start on our sewing adventure.

10am : Island Tour Peeps
For the Non-Sewing Peeps that have braved the trip to the Island you will be whisked away in another of those fancy carriages to enjoy a tour of the Island. There will be plenty of refreshment stops between the beautiful sights the Island has to offer plus there will be a lovely lunch included. You will be back at Lisle Combe for 4.30pm.

11am : Sewing Peeps
We’ll have a break at this point for some tea and biscuits…..it’s been a long morning!

1pm : Sewing Peeps
Time for lunch! Finger sandwiches and cream teas all round.

3pm : Sewing Peeps
We all deserve a well earned break right about now for some more tea and biscuits 

4.30pm : Sewing Peeps
Your Non-Sewing Peeps will be arriving back at base around about now so it’ll be a fab time to break for the day, giving you time to relax and prepare for the evening….
6.30pm : Everybody
We’ll all gather in the grand hall for pre Gala Dinner Drinks with time to admire everyones outfits. Feel free to dress up as much or as little as you like.

7pm : Everybody
Dinner is served.

10.30pm : Everbody
Probably about time to start thinking of your beds as you have another busy day ahead of you tomorrow! 

Saturday 11th May 2019 

8.30am : Breakfast
For those staying at Lisle Combe this will be served in the dining room.
For those staying in Swifts & Swallows a self catering breakfast will be provided for you to help yourselves.

9.30am : Sewing Class Peeps
For those taking the sewing class we will meet back in the lounge/sewing room to continue our sewing adventure.

10am : Island Tour Peeps
For the Non-Sewing Peeps that have braved the trip to the Island, you will have the pleasure of being shown around St Lawrence, the Island’s best kept small village (2016 & 2018….we don’t talk about 2017) by the Kew Gardens trained horticulturist David Trevan. He’ll show you around our beautiful village and make sure you all work up an appetite for your lunch at the Buddle Inn, Niton (please note that this is a walk of 4 miles) … You will be back at Lisle Combe for 4.30pm.

11am : Sewing Peeps
Again, we’ll break at this point for some tea and biscuits…it’s been another long morning

1pm : Sewing Peeps
Time for lunch! Finger sandwiches and cream teas all round.

3pm : Sewing Peeps
We all deserve a well earned break right about now for more tea and biscuits.

4.30pm : Sewing Peeps
The Non-Sewing Peeps that have braved the trip to the Island will be arriving back at base around about now so it’ll be a fab time to finish. They’ll want to admire your handiwork and you’ll also need to get ready….

6.30pm : Everybody
We will all gather in the lounge for Pizza and Pyjama night! Be sure to wear your fanciest or wackiest pyjamas as we settle in to the lounge to watch a fabulously cheesy movie (there may be singing involved….you have been warned!) If the internet allows I’ll be live streaming the event so that the Peeps around the world can join in.

10pm : Everybody
I’ll definitely be thinking of my bed right about now, it’s been a long and busy weekend!

Sunday 12th May 2019

8.30am : The Final Breakfast
For those staying at Lisle Combe this will be served in the dining room.
For those staying in Swifts & Swallows a self catering breakfast will be provided for you to help yourselves.

10.30am : Everybody
Check out and say our goodbyes.

INFORMATION 

The prices listed below include ALL of the food and entertainment as outlined above. 

Alcoholic drinks are NOT included but will be available. Lisle Combe operates a cash bar only.

Discounted Ferry tickets are available through Lisle Combe.

Travel between the Ferry terminals and Lisle Combe is NOT included in the prices.

If you would like to be picked up from any of the foot passenger terminals on the Island (West Cowes, Ryde Pier Head or Yarmouth) please let me know and I will arrange a taxi on your behalf.

SEWING MACHINES

I will be able to hire sewing machines for those unable to bring their own. Please let me know when you book if you are bringing your own or if you would like to hire one. There will be a small extra charge for machine hire.

PRICES

Sewing Peep : Lisle Combe Shared Occupancy of Double or Twin Room
£620 per person SOLD OUT

Non-Sewing Peep Island Tour : Lisle Combe Shared Occupancy of Double or Twin Room
£520 per person SOLD OUT

Sewing Peep : Swifts & Swallows Shared Occupancy of Double or Twin Room 
£550 per person

Non-Sewing Peep Island Tour : Swifts & Swallows Shared  Occupancy of Double or Twin Room
£450 per person

Sewing Peep : Lisle Combe Single Occupancy of Double Room
£850 per person SOLD OUT

Sewing Peep : Swifts & Swallows Single Occupancy of Double Room 
£700 per person

Examples: 

LISLE COMBE ACCOMODATION

1 Sewing Peep and 1 Non-Sewing Peep sharing a double or twin room in Lisle Combe will cost £1140 for BOTH Peeps
Sewing Peep £620 + Non-Sewing Peep £520 = £1140

2 Sewing Peeps sharing a twin room in Lisle Combe will cost £1240 for BOTH  Peeps
Sewing Peep £620 x 2 = £1240 

1 Sewing Peep staying in Lisle Combe will cost £850 for single occupancy of a double room.

SWIFTS & SWALLOWS 

1 Sewing Peep and 1 Non-Sewing Peep sharing a double or twin room in Swifts & Swallows will cost £1000
Sewing Peep £550 + Non-Sewing Peep £450 = £1000

2 Sewing Peeps sharing a twin room in Swifts and Swallows will cost £1100
Sewing Peep £550 x 2 = £1100

1 Sewing Peep staying in Swifts and Swallows will cost £700 for single occupancy of a double room.

There is 1 Twin and 2 Double Rooms available at Lisle Combe.

There are 2 Double Rooms and 4 Twin Rooms available in Swifts & Swallows.

There are 12 Sewing Peep places available and there are an additional 7 places available for the Non-Sewing Peeps Island Tour. These will be allocated on a strictly first come first served basis. I will be running a wait list in the event that anybody cancels. There are 3 Sewing Peep places left.

Please note that there is only enough room for 10 Sewing Peeps to have SINGLE occupancy between Lisle Combe and Swifts & Swallows, sharing is advised.

PAYMENTS

I appreciate that this is an expensive time of year so the initial deposit to hold your spot will be £50 per person.

The remainder of the deposit will be £150 per person due on the 1st February 2019.

The final balance will be due 28th March 2019.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Holding Deposit £50 per person due immediately, NON REFUNDABLE.

Remainder of Deposit £150 per person due 1st February 2019.

Full Balance of Retreat  due 28th March 2019.

PAYMENT METHODS

All payments will be taken through PayPal. You can still use this service if you don’t have a Paypal account the website talks you through the process.

If you would like to make payments towards your retreat in-between the deposit being paid and the balance due date you can do so by buying gift vouchers through my website and these will be deducted from your final balance. Make sure that you add your name and “Sewing Retreat” to the voucher when you purchase it.

REFUNDS

If the balance has not been paid by the 29th March 2019 I’ll send you an email to confirm that you still wish to take part in the retreat. If I don’t hear back from you your £150 deposit will be refunded and the first person on the wait list will be approached.

If for any reason you can’t make the retreat and need to cancel after the 28th March 2019 there will be no refund but your ticket will be transferable by your own arrangement

If you are sharing a room you will need written consent from your room buddy that they are happy to share with whomsoever takes over your spot. All monies will be dealt with between yourselves.

THE NOT SO SMALL PRINT

As I have mentioned places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

Please buy your non refundable £50 holding deposit through my shop HERE and message me with the following:

  1. The type of room you would like. 
  2. If you have someone in particular that you would wish to share with please let me know.
  3. If you will be bringing your own sewing machine. 
  4. Any food allergies or preferences.

Once we have the rooms allocated I will message all the Peeps with the name and email address of their room buddy so you can get to know each other (if you don’t already) before you arrive! 

If you have any questions please let me know, my email address is info@kittenishbheaviour.com

ABOUT LISLE COMBE


Lisle Combe is a family run Bed and Breakfast, owned and managed by husband and wife, Robert and Ruth Noyes. It is situated on the southern side of the Isle of Wight, in a picturesque haven, with uninterrupted views over the English Channel. 

The peacefulness of the surroundings create an atmosphere which can inspire all of us. Essentially a retreat from the hustle and bustle of working life, Lisle Combe is the ideal place to stay. We cater for couples, families, solo travellers and groups. Come and reconnect, and recharge, surrounded by stunning scenery, as well as all the local wildlife, including the island's famous red squirrels. There is easy access to charming coastal walks, rocky chines and coves where in days gone past smugglers, and maybe even pirates, where known to frequent. 

As a family run business, we at Lisle Combe understand the importance of an enjoyable and stress free break, it's what we do. We will do our very best to make your stay the very best experience it can be. 


ABOUT SWIFTS & SWALLOWS

Bank End Farm, the farm by the sea, is located in St. Lawrence, Ventnor. It is beautifully hidden away on the south coast of the Isle of Wight, in a truly idyllic location, one of Britain's most famous Victorian health resorts due to its unique micro-climate.

SWIFTS

Swifts has wonderful sea views across the fields. The nearest cove is just a 5 - 10 minute walk through the farm. It has been furnished with great care and provides attractive and comfortable accommodation which is all on one level. There is off road parking for up to 2 cars.



Swallows

Swallows has wonderful sea views across the fields. The nearest cove is just a 5 - 10 minute walk through the farm. It has been furnished with great care and provide attractive and comfortable accommodation which is all on one level. There is off road parking for up to 2 cars.


The walk from Swifts & Swallows (New Bank End Farm) to Lisle Combe is a short one! On dry days it can be accomplished through the property gardens and on not so dry days the road is advised! There is parking at Lisle Combe so car pooling around the corner on a rainy day would be recommended! 




Friday, 10 June 2016

Friday I'm In Love - The Tatty Quilt

Hey Peeps!

It's finished....it's finally FINISHED! I'm talking about Tatty's quilt which is her 40th birthday present...her birthday is the 2nd February....this year....so I'm only five months late! This is the third quilt I've made and the second one I've finished....I'm currently averaging one a year....I'm happy with that. It's the Rings That Bind pattern by Phillips Fibre Art and I love it. A Double Wedding Ring with only one template? Yes please.
I've had the idea for this quilt circulating in my brain for a really long time now and the only reason I hadn't started before January this year (yes THIS YEAR in time for a 2nd of February deadline......much planning....so organise......WOW) is because I couldn't find fabrics that I loved which also fitted with Tatty's aesthetic. I like either 50's florals or really modern florals whereas Tatty has a thing for 70's florals.

Finally it occurred to me that as I was planning on adding a TON of floral embroidery the background fabrics could be plain!
These are Kona cotton solids in Dusty Blue, Thistle and Sea-foam which is the palette Tatty requested. I added in a batik fabric from Thousands of Bolts and Only One Nut  to give a little bit of interest and just because I thought it was pretty.
I've made this pattern before (as a birthday present for another favourite) so I knew (sort of) what I was doing. I decided on solid arcs this time around to really show off the decorative stitching and embroidery I wanted to add....
......which is the Bouquet of Floral Filigree from Embroidery Library. I had forty different designs to choose from but given the colour scheme I was given I tried to pick all the whites, pinks, purples and blues available with a little bit of yellow thrown in every now and then. 
The embroidery was definitely the most time consuming part of the process but also the most fun! I find the whole embroidery process fascinating....which is a good thing as some of these designs take nearly two hours to stitch out.
As ever Chiana was diligent in her fabric fluffing duties...which I only allow her to indulge in when it's a present for someone who thinks the addition of grey fluff will add to the beauty of the finished object.

Once all twenty five blocks were embroidered I then had to add the outer arcs which give the quilt it's traditional scalloped edged. I also trialled some quilting options out and this was the winner...
...I love the overall looks this gives the quilt even if it was a bugger to actually do......there are one hundred and twenty arcs on this thing! 

After getting all the outer arcs added and quilted I then had to decide on the final layout...
....this was like a giant jigsaw and took the entire front room floor and lots of head scratching but we finally got there. Once the layout was decided it was just a case of sewing the blocks together, quilting the arcs and repeat.....
....one hundred and twenty times! 

I decided to film each stage of this quilt so I could create a "Making Of...." video for my YouTube channel which will be up in the next couple of days. 
I've only got about eighty two time lapse clips to edit together......everything about this project turned out to be mammoth! 

Out of curiosity I also decided to time every process inlvoved so I could accurately answer the "How long did that take?" and the "How much would you charge for something like that?". Now I know....
  1. 7492 minutes, which is ...
  2. 125 hours, which is ...
  3. 5.2 days!!!  
  4. Meaning the cost is approximately £2000 (I charge £15/hour plus materials) 
......WOW! I was so delusional when I started this project midway through January thinking I'd have it ready for Tattys' birthday two weeks later! Now obviously this is a gift and not for sale but I did work on this at the shop and was frequently asked how much I'd be willing to sell it for......people mostly went green and slunk off as quickly as possible when I told them the current running total! I can completely understand that though.
Quilts are beautiful works of art that are super labour intensive which is why they are (mostly) made as gifts for loved ones. I enjoyed every nearly every minute of this  quilt and I can not wait for Tatty to see it in person.