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Beatrix Potter: Quilt Tales from the English Lakes

On-demand access available. Premiered LIVE June 7-8, 2024.

The World's Online Debut of the Textiles of Beatrix Potter

  • Two-day virtual workshop
  • Premiered LIVE on June 7-8, 2024
  • Lifetime, on-demand access to all recordings and materials
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Our summer adventure celebrates the quintessential charm of the English Lake District and is the first online workshop to study the textiles associated with Beatrix Potter—ever!

Join Jenni Smith, Kay Walsh, and special guests as they offer you an exclusive look at some of the properties that shaped Beatrix Potter’s life as an author, illustrator, and more! Such destinations include her beloved Hill Top farm, where they interview Property Curator Alice Sage; Wray Castle, where they filmed the feature Potter Wedding Quilt (1863) with National Trust Conservator Michelle Harper; and The Lingholm Estate, where they completed portions of various sewing tutorials.

In this workshop, you’ll learn to stitch your very own Potter-family-inspired mini quilt, designed after Jenni and Kay’s memorable encounter with the originalYou will also get to soak in the incredible landscapes, learn more about the region’s textile history, meet the designer and producer of Luna Lapin, and take a tour of Grasmere Gingerbread.

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Purchase a pre-recorded single pass for Beatrix Potter: Quilt Tales from the English Lakes. Upon registration, you will be able to access all resources and instructions on our exclusive Attendee Hub.

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About the Project

In true Jenni and Kay fashion, this workshop will teach you how to stitch a special keepsake: your very own mini quilt, designed after their memorable encounter with the original Potter Wedding Quilt (1863). This project is suitable for all sewing abilities and is perfect to build your skills and confidence in foundation paper piecing and both machine and hand embroidery. 

In the center, they have focused on charming elements from nature, including acorns, flowers, and leaves to channel Beatrix’s love of the English countryside. You could work with pretty wool felts and free motion stitching, choose hand embroidery to embrace a slower process, or even combine the two. For the pieced blocks, ginghams and honeycomb patterns swirl to add movement and, as always, there is plenty of scope to add your own personality through fabric choices and embellishment.

Workshop Highlights

Potter Wedding Quilt & Wray Castle

Although the 1863 Potter Wedding Quilt, made for the wedding of Beatrix’s parents: Helen and Rupert Potter, has rarely been on public display, our team was able to gain private access to film the quilt in all of its glorious detail at Wray Castle with National Trust Conservator Michelle Harper as their expert guide.

Hill Top & The Lingholm Estate

Enjoy a very exclusive, virtual tour of Hill Top and a fascinating interview with Property Curator Alice Sage—which includes a look at another (surprise) Potter quilt rarely seen by visitors to this world famous site. Plus, Jenni and Kay filmed portions of their tutorials at The Lingholm Estate, where Beatrix spent many summer holidays while growing up.

Mini Quilt Project

You will learn how to make—and put your own spin on—a mini quilt inspired by the original Potter Wedding Quilt. This will be a special heirloom brimming with history and memories of our shared experience from the English Lakes!

More Lake District Quilts

There is no such thing as too many quilts. That is why Jenni and Kay are prepared to introduce you to some additional treasures from the region that were made around the same time period as the Potter Wedding Quilt and are currently in possession of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles, including more wedding quilts!

Stitching Luna Lapin

Luna Lapin, a well-known bunny in the creative world, hops into the workshop as well. Designed and produced by Sarah Peel of CoolCrafting in the Lake District, Luna Lapin is made by crafters around the globe. And there was no way that Jenni and Kay were going to head home without a personal interview with Sarah and a tour of her store first.

Grasmere Gingerbread

Jenni and Kay took a peek at the legendary Grasmere Gingerbread, a teeny-tiny sweet shop located in a 1630s school. Invented by Victorian-era cook Sarah Nelson in 1854, Grasmere’s secret recipes are sought after and enjoyed by people worldwide. 

Single Ticket

Purchase a pre-recorded single pass for Beatrix Potter: Quilt Tales from the English Lakes. Upon registration, you will be able to access all resources and instructions on our exclusive Attendee Hub.

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