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Travel with Threads: Tour the Netherlands this Fall

Photo courtesy of Marco Ober, Wikimedia Creative Commons.

Join Threads magazine in the Netherlands! Embark on an exclusive 10-day adventure to immerse yourself in the world of European couture textile traditions. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity features a 3-day, hands-on workshop focusing on the art of couture sewing, with the Dutch Couture Academy’s Saskia ter Welle. You’ll also explore world-class museums, textile ateliers, and shops, with a small group of sewing enthusiasts.

Click the “Sign up now” button below for pricing and more details—and to sign up.

 

The trip is October 5 through October 14, 2024, and is limited to 20 participants. You’ll be led by a professional tour guide and accompanied by Threads editors. Take a look at the itinerary we have planned for you:

Day 1, Saturday, Oct. 5: Arrival—Tour members arrange their own transportation to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and to the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station. Get to know your fellow participants and hosts with dinner at the hotel (included in the tour price).

Day 2, Sunday, Oct. 6: Dive into the heart of Amsterdam—taking in the neighborhoods encircled by the city’s famous canals. We’ll start with a shopping trip to some favorite Amsterdam shops: Knopenwinkel, where you’ll find buttons of every kind, plus accessories; A. Boeken, a fully stocked fabric store with notions, trims, and more; and Stephen and Penelope, a boutique yarn shop with everything you need for colorful, unique knit and crochet projects.  After lunch, enjoy a special chocolate-tasting workshop.

Day 3, Monday, Oct. 7: Start the day by finding inspiration in the collections of the Rijksmuseum, where you’ll see art from around the world. Dutch and Flemish painters of the Golden Age excelled in the depiction of textiles, and you’ll enjoy viewing paintings with sumptuous satins, rich brocades, and intricate lace. Next, we’ll visit the De Pijp neighborhood, home to the renowned Albert Cuyp Markt. The street market and local boutiques offer all sorts of intriguing treats—including wonderful fabric options. If you’re interested in trying your hand at sewing lingerie, you’ll love Kantjeboord: Bring a shopping list of fabrics, lace, and findings so you can choose matching supplies for custom intimates. Silk Route offers stunning designer fabrics, as does the nearby Nanucci Tessuti.

Day 4, Tuesday, Oct. 8: In the Netherlands most destinations are a short ride away, and we’ll be traveling in a comfortable coach. In the morning, we’ll board the bus and venture out of the city to appreciate the craft of sustainable wool and knitwear manufacturing at Knitwit Stable. After lunch, we’ll take in the treasures of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, including art from the 16th to 20th centuries, and fashion and costume displays. From Utrecht, we’ll proceed to Doesburg and to the Fletcher Landgoed Hotel Avegoor, on the edge of a national park. There’s an indoor pool as well as gardens to explore.

Day 5, Wednesday, Oct. 9: Immerse yourself in the world of glass art at the Lalique Museum in the town of Doesburg. We’ll have a guided walking tour, followed by free time to wander on your own. Stroll along the IJssel River, visit boutiques, and absorb the centuries-old charm of the historical Hanseatic town. Or find a café where you can simply relax and people-watch.

Day 6–8, Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 10–12: Settle in with Saskia ter Welle, founder of the Dutch Couture Academy, for a three-day intensive workshop at her atelier in Doesburg, created especially for Threads travelers. You’ll learn to create a moulage on a half-scale dress form (yours to keep—bring a suitcase that is at least 20 inches in one dimension so you can bring your new design partner home). Saskia is trained in couture embellishment techniques and will teach you how to design with lace, as well as create silk flowers. For this workshop, be sure to pack your favorite scissors (shears plus small, sharp embroidery scissors), and a box of sharp pins.

Woman draping fabric on a dress form
Learn to create a moulage on a dress form in the first day of Saskia ter Welle’s workshop at the Dutch Couture Academy.

 

Create silk flowers in the second day of Saskia ter Welle’s workshop at the Dutch Couture Academy.

 

Lace pieces pinned to a dress form
In the final day of Saskia ter Welle’s workshop, she’ll lead a hands-on class of working with lace.

Day 9, Sunday, Oct. 13: On our final day together, we’ll head south by bus for more inspiration and shopping. You’ll gain insights into textile creativity at the Textielmuseum in Tilburg. From exhibitions of textile arts to a state-of-the-art textile lab, you’ll see the latest in fabrics and fibers. Gear up for a visit to Harrie Bosch Modestoffen, Eindhoven—your last chance on this trip to add the finest European fabrics to your sewing stash. In the evening, we’ll return to Amsterdam to enjoy a farewell canal cruise, complete with dinner.

Day 10, Monday, Oct. 14: Bid farewell to the Netherlands as you depart for your onward journey. No doubt, you’ll cherish this enriching learning experience and your new sewing friends—and the meaningful souvenirs that will elevate your future sewing.

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to explore the craftsmanship and heritage of European textile traditions. Secure your spot today. Places are limited.

Plan to pack lightly and leave room in your luggage to bring back textile and design souvenirs. We look forward to hosting you on this unforgettable journey.

Click the “Sign up now” button below for pricing and more details—and to sign up.

 

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    cptmelissa | | #1

    Sounds like a great trip. I wish they had included the price, as I am currently scheduled for a 29 day cruise in that area in October, and would contemplate canceling that to do this trip instead.

  2. carolfresia | | #2

    Hi, Melissa,
    I think this trip will be epic! There will be more details in the next few days, along with a page to register and reserve a spot. We can't wait to find out who are fellow travelers will be. Please keep your eye out for updates.
    Carol Fresia, Editor, Threads magazine

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