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Craft Napa in January 2016

Susan Beck

Craft Napa Logo2Classes, retreats, seminars and workshops are great ways to learn new sewing and art skills while making new friends and reconnecting with ones you’ve known for years. Sewing and creating art are often thought of as solitary endeavors but in truth, the times that we interact with others that share the same passions are the times that spark our creativity the most and push our skills to the greatest heights.

Early in 2016, a brand new retreat is happening in the wine country of northern California. The creative inspiration behind this exciting new learning adventure is Pokey Bolton, founder of Crafting a Life, LLC, an events and media business that focuses on high-end art retreats in various venues in and around Napa Valley, CA. Retreats concentrating on quilting, sewing, fiber art, surface design, art journaling, and mixed media will be paired with wine tastings at top wineries, savory cuisine from world-renowned chefs, gallery visits, and scenic walks for picture-taking and sketching. These retreats will offer memorable times with other artists to explore our creativity in a profound way, master skills from the experts, and together enjoy all that Napa Valley has to offer.

The first of these retreats is Craft Napa, 3+ days of fun for sewists, painters, quilters, papercrafters and anyone looking for an artistic creative outlet. As a sponsor, Meissner Sewing is providing sewing machines for student use, and also generously donating a brand new BERNINA sewing machine as a gift for one student participating in the premiere wine blending event: Blend Your Own Vintage Night! An impressive roster of teachers will be teaching a wide variety of techniques including watercolor and acrylic painting, free-motion quilting, journaling, improvisational piecing, fabric and paper collage, and so much more it will make your head spin.


Craft Napa is happening in just a few short weeks on January 7-9, 2016. Registration is closed but it’s going to be such a fun event, there’s sure to be repeat retreats. So, click here to read about it and start looking forward to a future retreat in beautiful Napa Valley!


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