Recycle, Repair and Reconsider
with Mandy Pattullo & Selvedge Magazine

Saturday 8-15 August 2020

Join textile artist Mandy Patullo for a week of relaxed hand stitching where you’ll build beautiful artworks using locally sourced French finds. 

In 2020 Mandy returns to Chateau Dumas to share her new approaches to textile collaging using historical textiles and techniques. Her work relates to the thrift and ‘make do and mend’ culture of past times, in particular utility patchworks and quilts made by women in domestic settings.  She’ll share her latest passion for combining cross stitch patterns taken from old samplers with the unpicking of old quilts. 

Mandy’s technique of adapting drawings from early American needlework patterns will help you to develop your ability to use embroidery imaginatively, sometimes combining it with appliqué.  During the week she will show you how to display and use fragments of antique lace within the format of an artist’s book. 

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There will also be a woad dyeing day and you are encouraged to bring a garment, or purchase one from a local market or from Fabienne, a dealer in vintage textiles who will visit us during the week. Mandy will demonstrate how to work the garment using less structured stitching, as well as with patching and darning techniques inspired by Boro textiles. 

On Sunday morning we will visit the atmospheric food and craft market in the medieval town of St Antonin Noble Val which was used as the backdrop to the films “Charlotte Grey” and “The Hundred Foot Journey”.


Essential information

Single or double occupancy luxury and standard rooms available

From €2200-€3350 per participant, €1500 non-participant

Non-refundable deposit on booking
First instalment of 30% due on 1 November 2019
Full balance due 1 May 2020

Minimum 8 participants. Maximum 12 participants

Workshop held in English

Included 7 nights full board, (one dinner out at guests' cost). 4.5 days full-time tuition. All workshop materials. Trips to local markets

Excluded Airfares to France. Airport transfers available at extra cost

More information

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“Chateau Dumas is a Wonderland!”

Nancy P, Switzerland

Mandy Pattullo

Mandy Pattullo is a Textile artist based in Northumberland, England. She trained as a surface pattern designer before moving into teaching full-time. She left teaching and started working with old and worn textiles. She unpicks old quilts and garments and reworks and darns them to create textile collages, often embellished with embroidery and traditional appliqué.


Denise lambert

Denise Lambert is a regular at Chateau Dumas, Denise has been dyeing with woad (Isatis Tinctoria) since 1994 and has made the study its remarkable dyeing properties her life's work. Working with a farming cooperative who manages the crops, her company produces woad pigment, makes paints, decorative accessories, artworks and dyes clothes for the fashion industry.


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