Saturday, October 28, 2017

Craft Retreat Dreaming Plus a Giveaway!

By Cora Chevalier
Macrame Murder
Cora Crafts Mysteries
By Mollie Cox Bryan

There’s just something about the fall that soothes me. Being in Indigo Gap, N..C., surrounded by the mountains is breathtaking. Gazing out over the mountains is like looking at a colorful quilt some days. When I think of the fall, I also think of hot apple cider, pumpkin pie, and all things cinnamon. Yum.

This year, I’ve been dreaming about craft retreats. Of course, I have my own, here at Kildare House. But I’ve been to a few others as a guest teacher—and I’ve also heard about some amazing ones. So I decided to compile a bucket list of craft retreats.

The Makerie ( is housed in Colorado, but the teachers travel to other places across the country. Like our craft retreat, they invite guest teachers and focus on a different craft with each retreat. They just held a weaving retreat—which I would have loved to attend. (Learning to weave is on that bucket list of mine!)

Art & Soul Inspirational Mixed Media Craft Retreats (  are held all over the country. Week-long retreats, attended choose from a wide array of classes and workshops—all surrounding the mixed media topic. Some of their classes included making studio prayer flags, feather collages, and  a Day of the Dead Kachina doll. Sound like fun, right?

Speaking of dreaming. The Crafty Retreats in France, are high-end “luxury” craft retreats. From their website “offers unique residential quilting, felting and textile art courses to crafting and sewing enthusiasts in the ultimate of inspirational locations. Situated in a mountainous and scenic part of Central France, our holiday retreats give you much more than the chance to be creative.” I’m in, how about you? (

 The Bluebird Lane Retreat ( ) is in Mounds, Oklahoma. You can take your group of crafty friends there and retreat in a space just made for crafting. They also offer massages.  From time to time, they also have classes and workshops on things like quilting and scrapbooking. 

 Squam Workshops ) is in Providence, RI, and offers quite a growing community of crafters and artists. Their retreats are taught by different teachers each time—some of the crafts include modern macramé,  making shadow box assemblages, and printmaking. Sound amazing, doesn’t it?

 The trouble is when you are a busy craft retreat owner yourself, it’s difficult to find he time to visit any of these other retreats. The best I can hope for is an invitation to teach a class. Have you ever been to a craft retreat?

Here's something I made recently and you can win, along with a mini-sewing kit, and a signed copy of Macrame Murder. Click here to enter. 

Mollie Cox Bryan writes cozy mysteries with edge and romances with slow, sweet burn. She’s just published the third book in her new Cora Crafts Mystery Series: Macrame Murder. The first book in the series, Death Among the Doilies,  was selected as "Fresh Fiction Not to Miss" and was a  finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award. The second book, No Charm Intended, was named a “Summer 2017 Top 10 Beach Read” by Woman's World. She also wrote the Agatha-award nominated Cumberland Creek Mysteries. Several of the books the series were short-listed for the Virginia Library People's Choice Award. She makes her home at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Shenandoah Valley, Va., where she works as a researcher and fact checker and writes in the early morning hours. Visit her and sign up for her newsletter at Or follow her on Twitter @molliecoxbryan, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram.  


  1. I would love to do a craft retreat!

  2. i haven't been to a craft retreat. It sounds fun. I love to cross stitch.

  3. I am still trying to go off for writers retreats. I have taken classes but I think any of that would be fun.

  4. I'd love to attend a craft retreat. The one in Oklahoma sounds awesome...I could get a massage too!

  5. Oh! I need to add: your embroidery work is very nice! I've been hand embroidering since I was four years old and I so enjoy it.

  6. I've never been to a craft retreat but it sounds like a lot of fun. Maceoindo (at)yahoo(dot)com

  7. Never been to a craft retreat but it sounds fun and interesting. Thanks for this opportunity. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com