The lavender, sunflowers, cicadas and Luberon mountains are the essence of this area of Provence. During this amazing week, you will create a Provençal table runner, pillow or quilt top that will be a souvenir for years to come and a reminder of your fantastic Adventure with Artistic Gourmet Adventures in Provence.

During the workshop, you will have a choice of appliqué methods; either needle turn or fusible with machine satin stitch. You will learn several embroidery stitches including running stitch, back stitch, French knot, and lazy daisy, as well as experimentation with ribbon embroidery. You will also have a paper piecing demonstration and finally, the opportunity to include some or all of these techniques into a choice of finished products. Both large and small scale French fabrics will be available and instruction given for assembly. Kit included. Two sewing machines will be available to use.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

We will meet you at Charles de Gaulle Airport or the Avignon TGV train station where you will be greeted by Artistic Gourmet Adventures and transported by private van to your luxurious “home for the week”. You will then be treated to a gourmet welcome dinner presented by Artistic Gourmet Adventures and chef Walter and a welcome discussion by your workshop leader, Blanche Shull.

Monday, July 10, 2017

After a delicious breakfast at the Villa, you will begin your week with an introduction to your artistic project. Blanche will give you an overview of the week and you will receive your project kits and begin creating! Today you will begin cutting and practicing handwork techniques then enjoy lunch at the Villa prepared by AGA . Continue “playing” until it’s time to “Relax and Refresh” and enjoy a Soireé of cocktails and appetizers with Blanche.  Gourmet dinner is presented at the Villa by AGA and chef Walter Eagleton. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner provided by AGA)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Breakfast at Villa, then a wonderful morning with Blanche. Today Blanche will demonstrate 3D blocks and will help you apply this method to your project.  Soon after, we leave for the village of Monieux that clings to the steep hillsides. In the village you will discover beautiful old houses, several of which date back to the middle ages. A 12th century look-out tower dominates Monieux and links the village to its historic past. When we arrive we will enjoy a homemade Picnic Lunch provided by AGA. We will then head to the charming nearby town of Sault for a visit and shopping. Sault is an old fortified village perched along the top of a high ridge overlooking a wide valley with large lavender fields spread out below to the south and west. Along with the ancient buildings lining the high ridge are the remains of a huge feudal castle. We will then return back to the Villa where you will be able to “Relax and Refresh” and enjoy a Soireé with Blanche. Cocktails and appetizers will be served and you will have time to work on your projects. For dinner, you will enjoy a specially prepared gourmet meal by AGA and chef Walter. (Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner provided by AGA).

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

After breakfast at Villa, and during the morning with Blanche, you will be instructed in embroidery techniques to complete your ‘lavender block’. We will then travel to Bonnieux and enjoy a wonderful lunch at a local restaurant*. You will have time to discover this hilltop town famous for filming of “A Good Year” with Russell Crowe. Built on a plateau above the valley, Bonnieux is one of the finest villages in the area. The houses spread out on the hill-side forming a striking harmony of earth-toned colors and shapes. Some superb residences dating back to the 16th, 17th, and 18th century serve as a reminder that Bonnieux was a wealthy village when this region, the Comtat Venaissin, belonged to the Popes. Back to the Villa for “Relax and Refresh”, cocktails and appetizers and to enjoy a Soireé with Blanche. Gourmet dinner prepared by AGA and chef Walter. (Breakfast and Dinner provided by AGA)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Breakfast at Villa prepared by AGA. You will spend the morning creating cicada appliques for your project.  After a drive-through visit to Gordes, we will spend time in the beautiful town of Rousillon. We will lunch at a restaurant in Rousillon* and then you are free to discover this amazing town full of cobblestone streets and small delightful boutiques. It is considered one of the most impressive villages in France. Situated in the heart of one of the biggest ochre deposits in the world, Roussillon is famous for its magnificent red cliffs and ochre quarries. The red, yellow and brown shades of the earth form a striking contrast with the lush green pine trees. The vivid blue of the Provençal sky and the exceptional quality of light make this a magical site. It is like an artist’s pallet, with the infinite combinations of colors varying from yellow to purple with all the shades of pink and red in between. We will leave Rousillon and head back to the Villa where you will “Relax and Refresh” with appetizers and cocktails and enjoy a Soireé with Blanche while you work on your project if you desire.  Gourmet dinner at the Villa-AGA and chef Walter. (Breakfast, Dinner provided by AGA)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Breakfast at Villa, then morning with Blanche.  Soon after, we will leave for the Lavender Museum and Boutique just a few miles away-Admission provided by AGA. We will have a picnic lunch provided by AGA.  When we return to the Villa, we will get ready for gourmet dinner at a local Restaurant*.  (Breakfast, Picnic Lunch provided by AGA)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Breakfast at Villa provided by AGA. Have bags packed and ready to load into van. Keep room for all your new purchases! We will leave for the town market in Apt and SHOP until it is time to leave for Avignon TGV station and on to next destination! The Apt market is the biggest of the Luberon weekly markets. It takes place on Saturday morning year-round, and has been going for some 900 years. The market sprawls through several streets and squares in the heart of old Apt like a snake and it’s a festival of food and local products.  (Breakfast provided by AGA)

*Your Adventure Covers All Meals at Villa.  Itinerary subject to change without notice.