This retreat is now finished, our next retreat will be in March 2022. Check back in early 2022 for details on how to book a place.

Craft Retreat 2 (CR2)

Place: Bucknell Village Hall, Middleton Rd, Bucknell OX27 7LU

Date: Oct 23-24 2021

Time: If you are arriving on Friday then go settle in at your accommodation and call Mickey 07974 687889.  Friday night is our social night so I’ll give you directions either to my house or the restaurant where we all have dinner and drinks together.   If you are driving up on the Saturday then please arrive at the hall by 8:30am.  

Cost: £60.00 for 2 days which includes lunch, supply, refreshments for both days. New members pay £65.00 which includes a years club membership 

Dinner is separate

£30.00 for 1 day which includes lunch, supply, refreshments for one day. Dinner is separate.

You book your own accommodation and the Saturday dinner is a Chinese Takeaway so you only pay for what you eat.

You are expected to bring your own craft tools which saves you waiting but if there is something on the what to bring list and you don’t have it, don’t worry there will be a spare one there for you to borrow. All supply you need for the workshops are supplied.

Because our retreat is only round the corner from Halloween our retreat will have a little Halloween flavour to it so if you happen to have any Halloween decorations that you would decorate your house with feel free to bring them along, no need to buy something special to bring (unless you want to) it’s just to make the hall a bit more decorative for our retreat. 

But we also have lots going on like:

Nicola’s Card Competition  Enter your card then you have to guess who made which card, the most correct guesses wins a prize. The theme is Awesome Autumn which can be a card for any occasion as long as it has an autumn theme. Please make sure all card entries are in a celo bag. Unless you want your entry back all cards are then given to charity.  

Door Prize One lucky retreater who is picked at random wins a prize.

Raffle- Please bring a raffle prize which can be either crafty or non crafty.

Buy and sell Preloved or New Stash table  Got some crafty gear you want to sell, put it in a box with your name on the box, bring it along and see if you can shift it. Also bring plenty of change/money in case someone wants to buy something from your box and you need to make change.

Look what else I do table  Display your other crafty skills, do you knit, crochet or do other hand crafted items here’s a chance to show off your talents.

Die cut exchange Here’s a chance to get some free die cuts. Bag up 4 identical die cuts, seal it then feel free to take out as many packets as you have put in.

Autumn Santa Sack  Buy a crafty item for the value of £3.00 wrap it up in Xmas paper then have yourself a lucky dip.

Exchange Boxes- Save some postage bring your exchange books.

Halloween Cards- If you signed up for the Halloween list this year bring your cards along as lots of members who signed up for the list will be at the retreat so save yourself some postage.

Button Competition  Guess the amount of buttons in the jar and win a prize.


What does Ina Carney and Jennifer Maguire have in common? It’s definitely not their accents, it’s their love of stitching on cards. Whether it’s for Christmas, a birthday or another special occasion, this stitched flower card is easy to make as well as having a positive contribution to your mindfulness. Just follow the easy to read stitch guide using your chosen metallic thread colours to produce a card to be proud of. 

Jo Wyles is going show you how to make a magic card. Using your own choice of stamp or die cut you will create a colour changing card. Turn a black and white image into full colour in an instant, as if by magic.

Sheila Jordan’s card consequences is something we always do as our after dinner activity. Sheila makes up several card making kits that are passed from member to member with each member adding an element to the card until the card is completed. These cards are then given to a chosen charity. If you don’t like the idea of card making in a group under time pressure, you are very welcome to watch, or to take a card kit and quietly make a card for charity all on your own.  Time permitting, we may use some of the left over bits and pieces to make tags, or ATCs, or run a random challenge of some sort.

Sue Tossell loves her scenic stamping and will be guiding you through how to make a lovely sillhoetted snowy scenic scenescape.

Mickey Woodcock will be guiding you down a spooky route by making a mixed media bit of home décor just in time for Halloween.

Jan Mistry is breaking out the lucite shapes to show you two techniques to guide you through the world of lucite that can become a piece of jewelry, a Christmas decoration or a feature on a card for a special friend.

Sandra Gidley with show us how to make a perpetual calendar. The workshop will demonstrate a number of different techniques for producing  background effects and ways to add decorative interest to the project. Your calendar will be totally unique to you but a number of examples will be provided to get your creative juices flowing.

Contact information

Mickey Woodcock  or  07974 687889

Elaine Erskine  or 07724 473350