Summer 2020 courses – SW France

Many students in the past have asked if there will be residential TexAtelier courses so I can now announce that I am really excited to be teaming up with ‘Gertrude and Friends’ next Summer 2020 in the S.W. of France for four seven-day courses.

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The venue is an exquisite luxuriously restored 18th century château with 15th century outbuildings set in organic farmland with beautiful accommodation for up to 8 students. There are sun terraces for relaxing, a yoga room in the orangery and a superb saltwater pool. There is a light and spacious purpose built studio where the courses will take place, and will be available for students to use from 9am until 10pm each day. The delicious homemade food provided will be regional and sourced from the local market and where possible organic and there will be trips out to the nearby gourmand night market and to a fabulous quirky brocante. This is your chance to fully recharge your batteries and create some amazing bespoke textile pieces and meet new people with a common passion for Textiles

The whole experience will immerse you into the regional life of beautiful Aquitaine a part of France renowned for it’s outstanding natural beauty, gourmet food and extraordinary bastides.

The Chateau is near Prayssas – France 47.

The courses I am teaching are entitled.

  • 1. ‘Magical blue and Gold’ indigo, shibori and rust dyeing, you will be creating an individual beautiful Japanese kimono style jacket, samples and scarves.
    23rd- 29th July 2020 (NB: I have written a contextual article in another post, ‘Indigo-Rust’)
  • 3.’Playing with Nature’s Colours’ natural dyeing with plant colours and mordants and eco printing and rust on paper and cloth. You will create an individual dye recipe book, fabulous unique scarves, samples, gift cards, homemade books, bespoke gifts and fabric lengths.
    15th-21st July 2020

Courses will be taught in English.

During the week you will be provided with course tuition, materials, accomodation, 3 meals a day (including a 3 course dinner with wine) use of salt water pool and yoga room.

Prices vary according to accommodation choices.
See the “Gertrude” site for full details – link below.

For much more detailed information and to book and pay directly on-line
you can visit the Gertrude & Friends website directly.
We, here at Texatelier, will also take enquiries and reservations,
please use the secure Contact link on the top menu.


3 full days and 2 half days in the atelier studio with your course tutor

6 nights accommodation

All materials, fabrics and equipment that are part of your course

2 half day visits to local attractions

All breakfasts, lunches, dinners – except one meal in a local restaurant at guest’s cost

Snacks and beverages

Complementary pick-ups and drop-offs at Port Sainte Marie or Agen train station, dependent on mutually arranged times

Not included:

Flights, trains, taxis or any other transport to and from Gertrude and Friends 

Contact us to reserve a place

Contact Gertrude and friends

NB: some details may be subject to change.

I am sending this out on a first come first served basis so if you would like to book a place on any of the courses or need more information you can use the ‘contact us’ option on the top menu.

I am expecting a lot of interest in these courses held in this historic and amazing place so book early to avoid disappointment.

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