The Magic of Wales
A Virtual Workshop With Jenni Smith & Kay Walsh
The Live, Updated Workshop Returns in December!
The Magic of Wales, our first-ever Adventure Workshop, premiered live in September 2022. Since the original airing, hosts Jenni Smith and Kay Walsh have returned to the Welsh Quilt Centre in Lampeter. The 2023 Jen Jones “How Do You Do” quilt show totally blew them away, so much so that they just had to film a fun tour of the gallery. And, of course, as they were doing so, they immediately knew that they wanted to share these exciting Welsh quilting updates with workshop attendees.
So, as a result, four new, exclusive films will be played during the live workshop on December 7-8, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. PST!
This is your chance to experience The Magic of Wales by interacting with the workshop hosts and attendees LIVE, all the while watching never-before-seen footage.
Here is a sneak peek at some of the updated content:
- Footage from Jenni and Kay’s private viewing of the 2023 “How Do You Do” quilt show at the Welsh Quilt Centre, including a trio of stunning and quirky Welsh flannel quilts with an intriguing heritage.
- A close-up look at the recently restored and conserved Welsh patchwork that inspired the Spiral Star design they teach in the workshop.
- A preview of a beautifully hand-quilted wholecloth with a Welsh dragon at its center.
Purchase a single-workshop pass for The Magic of Wales. Upon registration, you will be able to access all event details and resources on our exclusive Attendee Hub.
Immerse yourself in the magic of Wales and its extraordinary quilts. With hidden histories that are still coming to light, these extraordinary objects cast a spell on all who encounter them—from royalty and collectors to artists and the modern sewist!
The Magic of Wales Highlights
Our virtual workshop highlights the fun and quirky personality of Welsh quilts as we teach you how to replicate the creative flair and stitches in your own keepsake quilt. Together, we will sew and learn through engaging snapshots of a country’s heritage and traditions, which without doubt, should be celebrated by quilters worldwide.
- Getting up close and personal with patchworks made in Wales from 1800 onwards that are on show in The Magical Quilts of Wales exhibition.
- Making yourself at home with Jen Jones, owner of the largest collection of historic Welsh quilts.
- Looking inside the studio of the author and fine artist Valériane Leblond, whose lyrical compositions draw inspiration from real-life Welsh quilts.
- Going behind the scenes at the National Wool Museum and flannel manufacturer Melin Teifi to learn the secrets of this traditional cloth stitched into many historic quilts.
- Savoring the taste of famous Welsh cakes and Bara brith (recipes included!).
- Stitching a uniquely designed Welsh-inspired frame quilt, while learning the stories behind each of the chosen elements.
- Embracing the Welsh spirit of improvisation with modern quilter Nicholas Ball.