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Knitting retreat is a combination of a holiday spent close to nature and weaving on looms. You will be enjoying crafting and nurture from nature, staying away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Relax and enjoy slow crafting and precious me-time away from tight schedules and pressure of social achievement. Come and unwind in the still and picturesque Saimaa archipelago and be just who you are.
This holiday is for you, if you need a retreat in a pristine and nurturing environment. Relax by exercising, or doing nothing at all in the tranquil archipelago. You will live, cook and enjoy the sauna in a spacious lakeside cottage. You will weave, using the looms, your very own unique rag rug – an authentic form of Finnish textile work. You will only weave as much as you like. The weaving takes place in the Loikansaari main building that’s about one kilometre of walking from the cottages.
An authentic rug rag is woven from recycled textile items past their first life cycle. This is how every rug gets a unique soul and story. Many feelings and memories relate to a rug. Weaving a rag rug brings joy to the weaver and is also a nice thing to do as a couple.
Cut your own textile items into 1.5-3cm wide ribbons (thicker textiles into 1.5cm and thinner into 3 cm wide ribbons). Old bed linen and curtains make an excellent source material. There is also an opportunity to buy ribbons from here*9. You will need about 2 kg/m2. Weaving on looms does not require earlier experience and is easy to learn.
”Sitting behind my looms in winter, following a busy season feels like going into a different reality. Everything else stays in the background as I’m fully present and focusing only on colours, stripes and their rhythm. My mind relaxes and I loose the sense of time with the looms singing a familiar tune. Very casually new ideas pop in mind, sometimes even verses. I would love to offer my clients the same sensation of well-being”, says the hostess of Loikansaari Pirjo Hämäläinen.
620 €/ 5 nights when you come alone (single accommodation in lakeside cottage)
395 €/ person/ 5 nights, when there’s two of you (yo will be using one set of looms, suitable for couples)
445 €/person/ 5 nights, when there’s two of you and both are using own looms
Ask for a quote, if you would like to join the retreat with a different number of people.
Weaving holidays can be booked from Octber to April. Weaving can be done any time between 9am-5pm. More precise times will be agreed once you’re here. The price includes: accommodation in a lakeside cottage, bedding, warped looms and basic instruction in weaving and designing.
Loikansaaren lomamökit / Loikansaarentie 430 / Pirjo ja Antti Hämäläinen / 58810 SAVONLINNA / Puh. 0440 640 116 / email@example.com