Stitching in France

A magic stay in Chateau de Prye with the French Needle; read all about this dream teaching holiday…

This May I travelled to France for five amazing days at Chateau de Prye in the Loire Valley. I taught for four mornings, giving us the afternoons free to explore the region. Each day was finished off with superb evening meals at various restaurants.

This wonderful stitching holiday was all organised by Lisa from The French Needle, who puts together superb teaching tours. I took hundreds of photos, so I will just share a few with you here!

Chateau de Pyre stitching holiday with the French Needle

Chateau Adventures

We stayed in the Chateau itself, which dates back to the middle ages. Situated in a 385 acre estate in the beautiful Loire valley it truly is a beautiful location. We were privileged to have an organised tour of the castle and saw parts of it not open to the public such as the King’s Room.

I went for one early morning magical misty walk at 6.30am (sad to say I only managed this once as was simply too tired on the other mornings)! The food was superb and our gracious hosts could not do enough to spoil us. If you want a few nights in a very special old medieval castle in the process of being restored, this is the place.

A misty early morning walk around the Chateau de Pyre estate

My lovely ladies were an absolute pleasure to teach and we spent four idyllic mornings stitching in the castle. The teaching room was one of the most beautiful I have taught in, although it came with its own challenges. Medieval conditions make one appreciate the difficult conditions embroiderers stitched under in days of yore when there was no electricity! We were kept warm by a roaring log fire and used plenty of lamps to help us see our stitching.

Our classroom, the full medieval experience!

Exploring the Loire Valley

Our free afternoons allowed plenty of time for exploring and there certainly is plenty to see in the Loire Valley. We saw some simply stunning embroidery on our visit to the Rudolph Nureyev exhibition centre and also to the amazing Musée de la Visitation. Both of these are in Moulins which was less than an hour’s drive from the chateau – and both very much worth a visit if you are in the area. We saw goldwork tassels, some of Nureyev’s dance costumes, shoes embroidered with more delicate goldwork, exquisite quilling and much more! It was an embroiderer’s dream!

I really love my job especially when I get to travel and teach in amazing locations like this! To find out more about future French Needle tours sign up to their newsletter to be the first to hear.

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