Wildflowers In The Attic Workshop

Domaine De La Salle, Charentes Maritime, France.

May 7th – 14th 2020

I’m so excited to announce the first workshop of 2020. It will be held once again at the magical Domaine De La Salle in South West France.

Due to the amount of fun we had in three days at the last workshop, we are going to be spending an entire week in this special chateau.

Gathering around the attic sewing table, we will be stitching a beautiful wildflower doll, her dress, cape and accessories all reflecting the lush green and soft pink hues of France in the spring time.

I’m thrilled to bits that Nicki Franklin of The Stitchery will be guest tutor along side me on this unique sewing retreat, sharing her embroidery skills and turning every item of clothing you make for your doll even more special. There will be a large selection of antique and vintage fabrics for you to choose from, as well as lush green velveteen, silk ribbons, antique buttons and endless other beautiful trims and laces.

The chateau, which has been featured on Channel 4’s ‘Escape To The Chateau DIY’ belongs to the fabulous Mariam and Jono who will delight you with breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner and perhaps even a flambé pancake or two!

There will be one or two trips out to local towns to comb the flea markets and markets for wonderful treasures such as linens, china, antique laces and everything else old and wonderful that you can imagine.

The attic space is where we will be creating our sewing magic with everything you need all in one place.


Here are the rooms available –

Cafe au Lait and Liaisons Dangereuses 

Two double bedrooms sharing a luxury bathroom.

These two rooms would be suitable for two friends as the bathroom is shared.

Cafe au Lait – £2100

Liaisons Dangereuses – £1800 – BOOKED


Orientale – BOOKED

A double bedroom as seen above with lounge and own bathroom.



Les Temps Perdu – BOOKED

A twin Bedroom on the attic floor with views over the turret, (and the owl at night)

£1250 per person if sharing the room or £1650 for single occupancy.


Madame Bovary – BOOKED

A double bedroom


The above two rooms have access to a separate bathroom that they will share.

Le Petit Prince – ONE BED BOOKED (One still available)

A large bedroom above the kitchen in the heart of the chateau. This room has a double bed and a single bed and its own bathroom.

For single occupancy of they room the price is £2000, for two sharing the price will be £1450 each.

Le Petit Souris

Never fear, there will not be a mouse in sight in this pretty room with its own bathroom decorated in a 1930’s style.


The Gîte

The gîte has two double bedrooms, its own bathroom, a downstairs WC and a lounge/diner. Again suitable for friends as the bathroom is shared.

£1950 per room in the gîte.

All these prices include accommodation for the duration of the retreat, meals, (with the exception of two lunches out treasure hunting), beverages, tuition from myself and Nicki who will be on hand at all times, all materials, patterns and tools.

The price does not include travel costs.

Getting to La Salle

La Salle, 17620, Champagne, France

Airports –

La Rochelle 40 mins, (collection from La Rochelle airport to the chateau and back can be arranged).

Bordeaux 2hrs

Poitiers 1.5 hrs

Booking –

To book your place on ‘The Wildflowers In The Attic’ sewing retreat, please contact me here

To discourage frivolous booking I ask for a 50% non-refundable deposit. I do however completely understand that things happen, so this deposit will be transferred to another workshop of your choice should you be unable to attend.

The balance will then be due 9th April 2020.



Published by Erica

Stitcher of beautiful, handmade dolls and children's author and illustrator.

2 thoughts on “Wildflowers In The Attic Workshop

  1. Hi.
    In this madness which is with us world wide.
    My daughter and I would love to come to a sewing weekend or midweek, what ever you have planned for the future.
    We are both keen but amateur sewers but love it with a passion.
    Please, can you , when life calms down and travel restrictions have lifted let us know what you have on offer.
    Kind regards.
    Keep safe.
    Dee Benton

    1. Dear Dee 🙂 We have a trip to La Salle planned this Autumn – 30th September for one week. Details soon on here and on my Instagram. I would love to meet you and your daughter in our magical retreat in rural France XX

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