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Istanbul Knit Retreats

Figgi Yarns sifa and tweed cottons

Figgi Yarns sifa and tweed cottons

 Mini-immersion fiber art weekends

Bazaar Bayar is hosting 4 days of craft, culture, shopping, food and conversation!

A gateway into the Grand Bazaar…

We’ll wander the lanes of the Bazaar district for remnants of vintage textiles, trims and yarns. We gather inspiration from the colors, sights and textures of this ancient world center of trade.

Centuries of decorative arts, tucked everywhere…

We’ll learn lessons about color and pattern from the Turkish tulip, the tiles of the Topkapi Palace and

our favorite ‘hidden’ 16C mosque.

Vintage stitchworks

We’ll meet for sessions to share what we’ve seen and bought, learn local ways of stitching, plan projects inspired by our outings, see examples of the rich textile traditions of Turkey.

Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, across the mouth of the Bosphorus

A long weekend of mixing fibers, local history and culture as inspiration, delicious Turkish cuisine and time to connect and enjoy creating with new people, in Old City Sultanahmet.

Mixing fiber arts in many varieties

Join me, a long-time expat in Turkey,  fluent in its dramatic historic setting, to knit and learn new skills. You’ll be accommodated in a quaint 3-star hotel in the heart of the old city, our base for outings of discovery and relaxed workshop sessions.

Workshop subjects of inspiration: Have a preference? We’re happy to customize!

Mixing media – reclaimed textiles with knitting;

The Turkish tulip  – knitting

Ottoman style – knitting

Felting (with Ikonium Studio)

Oya (needle lace)

Duration: 3 nights 4 days, Friday to Monday.

Dates for 2015…please note we’re happy to host groups of 3 or 4 for specific dates as well:

22 – 25 May

26 – 29 June

24 – 27 July

28 – 31 August

September – October – November retreats by custom booking. Contact us!


Our retreats are limited to a maximum 4 guests.


  • Two workshop sessions
  • 3 nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Two lunches
  •  Saturday night meal
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments during workshops
  • Local travel expenses
  • Any entrance fees
  • Basic materials (worksheets, sketchpad, pencil, selection of needles)
  • Complementary knit bag and sample Figgi yarns

Sifa “healing” cotton, spun with therapeutic silver

Not included:

  • Flight costs
  • Friday and Sunday night meals
  • Personal Bazaar shopping expenditures
  • Airport-hotel transfer (although can be arranged if requested)
Cost of the retreat: £540  ~ €730 ~  $799 (usd)

Contact us  for a detailed itinerary and other payment options. See you here in Istanbul soon!