Are you a wannabe Kirstie Allsopp?

Tuesday 21 February 2017

Go retro and make vintage textile handicrafts, create sugarcraft models and learn to embroider on Saga Sapphire 

Frances McNaughton is one of the UK’s most talented sugar crafters and her sugar-sweet props have been used in the box-office hit films Notting Hill, Harry Potter, Chocolat, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Gulliver’s Travels.

Frances is a favourite on Saga cruise ships and she will be back by passengers’ demand on board Saga Sapphire’s Canary Island Medley cruise in December.

She will give demonstrations on modelling with sugar paste, marzipan and chocolate. She said: “Passengers find it is a relaxing, hands-on environment and a place to meet new friends as well as making sugarcraft models including birds, animals, shoes and bags.”

 “On my last 14-night cruise the mini workshops were so popular I ended up doing 16 classes to accommodate everyone. I loved it.”

Frances will be joined by textile crafters who will be showing passengers how to make beautiful handmade items which can be taken home as gifts.

Mandy Shaw, who describes herself as a ‘maker of all things lovely’ has contributed to many of TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp’s shows; in front of the camera, behind the scenes and in her books.

On Saga Sapphire, Mandy will share her passion for textile-based crafts and haberdashery which often feature in magazine articles.

Kate Wollaston is a mixed media textile artist who uses vintage and everyday textiles to create new works. Her fascination with remnants of the past helps her to produce unique pieces and she will offer creative inspiration to help passengers make individual pieces of mixed media embroidery.

As well as ‘getting crafty’ on this all-inclusive cruise, passengers can enjoy the winter sun with calls to Funchal, Madeira; Santa Cruz, La Palma; Santa Cruz, Tenerife; Las Palmas, Gran Canaria; Arrecife, Lanzarote and La Coruña, Spain.


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13 nights from £2,287 departing Southampton on December 8, 2017. Price includes UK travel package to and from Southampton, all meals and entertainment, all-inclusive drinks which feature a choice of table wines at lunch and dinner, house-branded spirits, draught beer and lager, non-alcoholic cocktails, all mixers and soft drinks, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party, unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues, free Wi-Fi, gratuities, porterage, shuttle bus to nearest town centre (whenever possible and when the ship is berthed more than 500 yards away), optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if passenger has own insurance.

'Price based on two people sharing the lowest available inside cabin and includes any relevant booking discount. Fare was correct at the time of sending and is subject to availability and change. Further terms and conditions apply. Please call for details.'

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