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Enchanting France – Embellishing Fabric

July 5, 2019 - July 12, 2019

Spend July 5-12, 2019 with Rae Cumbie* and Fit for Art Patterns at La Cascade Artists Retreat in Durfort, an enchanting medieval artisan village in the Languedoc region of France to explore the countryside and a variety of fabric embellishing and surface design techniques.

The mornings will be spent in the cozy third floor artist studio of our 17th century home.  We will paint, stitch, collage, and piece a variety of small fabric samples to spark our creative juices and create memories of our time at La Cascade. Stitchers of all skill levels and interests are welcome.

The studio before the work began.

Afternoons will be spent exploring the surrounding countryside including the flower fields, regional markets, tree lined thoroughfares, small villages and cathedral towns. Our tour guide will be Anna Cumbie, Rae’s bilingual daughter who lives and works in Toulouse as an English teacher.

Our translator Anna with Rae.

She will assist us in masterfully managing our new surroundings and will lead us to some fun haunts for an authentic French Adventure.

The ceiling of the Albi Cathedral

We will find inspiration in the ironwork details, copper works, blue pastel fabrics and notions, bountiful outdoor markets, museum exhibits, and fabric and trim stores in neighboring Revel.

The lovely fabric store in Revel.

As we move through the week’s creative experiences and beautiful adventures, your work in the studio will come to life.  You will be encouraged to move your samples forward with several options depending on your interest and abilities:

Technique samples!
  • Combine your samples into an inspired technique book,
  • Create a functional tote that will include your work,
  • Craft the samples into a wall hanging or table runner,
  • Plan and craft samples to be included in an embellished garment.

    Mixed Embellishments Coat.


Meals will be provided by La Cascade’s chef Nese using locally sourced seasonal foods and wines served on the terrace that overlooks a rushing mountain stream.

The terrace and stream, so refreshing.

Included accommodations are double occupancy with shared baths. Single rooms and an apartment are available for an additional fee. We’ll travel in shared rental cars from the Toulouse airport to La Cascade and environs.

The $2300 cost include most materials, room, board and priceless experiences.  Not included is your airfare to and from Toulouse, Travel insurance (required), shared rental car costs, and an occasional restaurant meal, personal purchase or museum entrance. A $500 non-refundable deposit is due by February 15 with the balance due by May 30.

Please complete the short registration form and mail it with your check to Rae Cumbie, 507 Anneslie Rd., Baltimore MD 21212.  Contact us if you wish to set up a payment plan to spread out the cost into monthly payments.  Class size will be limited to 8 so reserve early.

Visit www.fitforartpatterns.com for details and registration information.  Contact rae@fitforartpatterns.com with questions.

*Rae Cumbie is an award-winning wearable artist, sewing author,  instructor and Co-owner of Fit for Art Patterns.  Read an extensive bio and see a listing of her published works at http://www.raecumbie.com/


July 5, 2019
July 12, 2019
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Fit for Art Patterns
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La Cascade
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