Maria Sigma: at home with Hole & Corner

Maria Sigma: at home with Hole & Corner

Photographs: Christina Solomons, The Garnered

Hole & Corner invites you to join them for the first in a new series of making retreats based in Dorset at the home of Sam Walton, the founder and creative vision behind the magazine.

At Home with Hole & Corner will create a platform to pair with one of our favourite makers, with the aim to deliver a personal and fulfilling experience in a truly special setting. For the first instalment we are delighted to partner with Maria Sigma, the award winning textile designer who specialises in luxurious hand-woven products with a zero-waste ethos.

Each event will take place over two days and include lunch alongside a full day of learning and making, with everyone very welcome to join for one or both days. If required, we have an exclusive room rate deal for event attendees at The Fontmell – a boutique hotel and award winning pub – that directly adjoins the property.




The workshops will be focussed on the craft of hand-weaving with looms, and will provide the opportunity for everyone to learn foundational weaving skills. Not just about specific skills, Maria will guide and encourage each student to establish their own style and approach to colour, techniques and materials, whilst creating their own hand woven textile that can be further developed and used however you choose beyond the event – let your imagination take you!

The event will be capped at 8 people per day to ensure that everyone receives a full experience of working and learning directly with Maria, and will take place on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd March (10am-6pm).

The event day will also include a visit from local producers and artisans, as well as an optional walk in the local Dorset countryside.



Experience information

Each day will start at 10am, and include a 2-hour morning session and a 3-hour afternoon session.

Every participant will receive their own weaving loom and the materials to work with, all of which are yours to keep and take away after the event.

There will be different projects set for people participating on just one day to those who will take part across both days to reflect the amount of time available to work on your creation.

A two-course lunch and refreshments will be included during the day, as well as a visit from a local producer and a walk in the area.



Pricing structure

One day experience:
£180 without accommodation
+ £80 per night for double or twin room

Two day experience:
£360 without accommodation
+ £80 per night for double or twin room

Optional extras:
£35 – Hamper of local artisanal food and drinks



Travel information

Brewery Cottage
Fontmell Magna

Housed in a former brewery in Fontmell Magna, Brewery Cottage is connected to The Fontmell on the A350, between Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum. There is a free car park directly in front of the house that guests can use.

Our nearest station is Gillingham (Dorset), on the London Waterloo to Exeter/Yeovil line, under 2 hours from London. There are taxis available from the station but it is advisable to book in advance.

Gillingham & Mere
01747 – 850385

Ace Taxis
07711 052688

A2B Taxis
07716 829844

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