Famous quilter comes to Brid

Ferret the quilter
Ferret the quilter

A WORLD famous quilt artist is coming to Bridlington to teach a workshop which has a sell-out attendance sewn up.

The Royal Hotel, in Shaftesbury Road, will welcome the prestigious young quilter known as Ferret on Wednesday, October 26.

The workshop is fully booked with 20 local quilters set to attend.

Fiona Garth, director at The Royal, said: “We are really excited about Ferret coming to Bridlington.

“We are sure that she will be a very interesting lady and hopefully we will all learn a few great tips from her.”

Ferret’s visit has got quilters in the area so excited that there is a waiting list for the next time she visits, with the hotel hoping to bring her back sometime next year.

The Royal started holding textile workshops last year. It has several more lined up over the coming months which will be led by talented quilters including Lilian Hedley from County Durham and Dawn Cameron-Dick from Somerset.

It was their recommendations about The Royal that persuaded Ferret, as she prefers to be known, to make her first visit to Bridlington.

“I am looking forward to it and already it seems to have had a good response. Hopefully it will not be my last visit,” she said.

The hotel recently appeared in Craft Focus magazine, which is the UK’s leading bi-monthly publication for the craft industry.

The article includes details about the patchwork and quilting workshops held at the hotel.

Ms Garth believes the article is good publicity for Bridlington and hopes it will attract readers of the magazine to visit the town.

She said: “Bridlington is great through the summer but through the winter you really have to find some reason to bring people to the town.”

At the workshop later this month, former astrophysicist Ferret, who is from Harrow in Middlesex, will present and teach the techniques to make a quilt entitled ‘Autumn Leaves’, which involves machine appliqué and quilting.

Earlier this year The Royal was awarded the top rating in the ‘Scores on the Doors’ Food Hygiene Rating Scheme and retained its AA 4 Star Guest Accommodation award.

Details of workshops at the hotel can be found on its website: www.royalhotelbrid.co.uk.