Top destinations for crafting your way around the world

Knitting in Iceland

We all love a craft workshop, so why not combine your next one with your wanderlust and give your crafty learning an international flavour by submersing yourself on a craft holiday. 

We’ve rounded up some of the best crafting holidays, where the beautiful surroundings will inspire your making…

Let the craft holiday countdown commence

Knitting in Iceland

Knitting in Iceland

Pack up your needles and go on an icy adventure with this amazing trip, which combines the beautiful sights of Iceland with knitting! This trip of a lifetime is for the more adventurous knitter as you’ll get the choice of walking among glaciers, puffins and you might even spot the Northern Lights! It’s a craft holiday done right.

“I believe the best way to preserve traditions is to continue using them in different contexts, giving them new life,” explains tour guide and knitting tutor Hélène Magnússon who runs a variety of tours throughout the year. “I’d never have imagined when I started the tours five years ago that this concept of mixing together hiking and knitting would attract so many amazing people from all over the world!”

Location: Reykjavík, Iceland

Dates: Knitting tours for 2020 include the following:

  • Spring Knitting Tour (hiking optional) – Lopi sweater, 23-29 May 2020
  • Hiking and knitting with the puffins – West fjords’ traditional knitting, 9-16 June 2020
  • Under the Midnight sun – Hiking and knitting – Icelandic mittens, 21-28 June 2020
  • Between Fire and Ice – Hiking and Knitting – Icelandic intarsia, 16-22 Agust 2020
  • Authentic Iceland (knitting and hiking with the flying sheep) – Traditional Icelandic shawls, 9-16 Septembre 2020
  • Knitting on Ice – Lopi sweater, 21-27 October 2020

Booking: www.icelandicknitter.is

I Can Make Shoes NYC

Shoe making in Brooklyn

Make like Carrie Bradshaw and combine your love of shoes by learning to make your own high heels in the hustle and bustle of America. Whether you’re making for fun or want to learn the skills to start your own footwear business, Brooklyn Shoe Space’s course gives you all the info you need. Plus they run loads of workshops which range in price so there’s something for every budget. From leather working to weaving workshops, this is the ultimate course to tag on to your trip.

Cost: $2,000 for the 6-Day Intensive Shoe Making Workshop. All materials are included .

Location: Brooklyn Shoe Space, 224 Roebling Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Dates: Courses run throughout the year

Booking: brooklynshoespace.com

Mosaic Making in South Africa

Mosaics in South Africa

Combine a week full of mosaic making and creativity with some sightseeing in one of the most beautiful cities of the world, Cape Town.

Staying in a gorgeous lodge in the Atlantic Beach Golf Estate, when not learning all the skills you need to take home your own African inspired mosaic, you can explore the local area. Enjoy excursions with the group including trips to local markets where you can buy your own beads to incorporate into your designs. There’s also a wine tasting tour and the beach is just 10 minutes away!

Award-winning Dutch mosaic artist Karla Duterloo leads the six-day course and will help you every step of the way to create your own masterpiece. “We use various mosaic materials from the African Continent. Your designs can incorporate Traditional Beadwork from Africa, handmade glass fusions, glass beads and various mosaic tiles – and off course lots of colour,” explains Karla.

Cost: €1600 per person, includes half-board accommodation, excursions and some materials (flights and transfers not included).

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Dates: 23 – 29 October

Booking: www.karladuterloomosaics.com

Raku Pottery in Croatia

Pottery in Croatia

Relax in a beautiful Croatian fishing village while learning the art of raku pottery with a holiday that’s as far away from the hustle and bustle of the city life as possible!

Mornings are spent getting confident with clay with help from tutors Julie and Tim, while afternoons can either be spent exploring the beautiful island of Brac, taking a dip in the sea, wandering through the olive groves or simply heading back to the studio to continue working on your creations.

You’ll leave not only feeling relaxed, but with the skills to create your own glazes and pottery and even how to build a raku kiln at home. After lunch your afternoons can either be spent exploring the beautiful island of Brac, take a dip in the sea or wander through the olive groves or head back to the studio to work on your creations. There’s so many beautiful places to explore on this craft holiday that it will feel like you’ve escaped to crafting heaven!

Cost: €1150 per person for a seven-day trip and includes accommodation, transfers, tuition and materials (flights not included).

Location: Brac, Croatia

Dates: Seven-day workshops are available in September 2019

Booking: www.therakugarden.com

Jewellery Making in Italy

Metal clay jewellery making in France

Soak up French culture, indulge in gorgeous food and learn techniques to make your own jewellery on this eight-day holiday to the heart of France.

Using your stunning surroundings as inspiration learn how to craft jewellery from clay. Then take your newly learnt techniques and carry on the crafting back at home. There’s also wine tasting, Chateau visits and visits to the local market town. Just be warned – you may not want to leave!

Cost: Prices start from £1,360 per person and includes full-board accommodation and materials (flights not included).

Location: Toulouse, France

Dates: September 2019- November 2019

Booking: www.golearnto.com

 Textiles Holidays - India

Textiles in India

If you’re looking for a trip that really goes off the beaten track then Colouricious’ textile holidays are perfect for you. Offering embroidery, block printing, quilting and textile art in locations across India, these unique tours give you the chance to explore rural villages, local techniques and immerse yourself in an explosion of colour. This craft holiday really is a feast for the senses.

Led by expert guides, the Textile Embroidery Tour of Gujurat is not to be missed. During the 14-day adventure, you will visit a wide variety of creative locations. From exploring textile museums to meeting local artisans who work in a variety of mediums from weaving to embroidery – there’s something for everyone. Travellers also get the chance to learn how to block print and dye fabrics in workshops hosted by local makers. We want to go now! 

Cost: Prices start from £2,250 and include half-board accommodation, tuition, materials, flights and transfers.

Location: Gujurat, India

Dates: October 2019 – December 2020

Booking: www.colouricious.com

The Luxury Crochet Retreat

Crochet in England

Get away from it all and spend the whole weekend with like-minded people, doing what you love – crochet! Stay in a luxury bell tent for the ultimate craft holiday experience and let Ruby from Frank & Olive take care of the rest. Come and learn how to crochet and meet designer-makers who’ll teach you craft skills in workshop over the weekend. Plus there’s delicious nibbles included in the price!

Cost: Prices start from £100 and include accommodation, tuition, materials and meals.

Location: Deighton Lodge or Mill House, Yorkshire

Dates: There’s a series of workshops and retreats from December 2019 through to September 2020!

Booking: www.frankandolive.com

We hope our post has inspired you to go on your very own craft holiday. We’d love to see your craft holiday pics whether they’re on the beach or on top of a mountain! Tag us in your pictures on InstagramTwitter and Facebook. Oh, and subscribe to Mollie Makes for more quick DIYs and must-make projects.

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