Events - The Sewing Workshop at Chateau Dumas


The Sewing Workshop at Chateau Dumas
Auty, France
June 24 - July 1, 2017 


About the Workshop:

Bring your adventurous sewing dreams to life next summer by joining Linda Lee and The Sewing Workshop in southern France. Discover new talents and hone your skills by immersing yourself in garment sewing wonder. This week can be described as the perfect balance of luxurious living, slow-paced and refreshing creativity, yet inventive and lively sewing.

In this workshop you’ll dive into a set of skills that center around the art of modern garment sewing. Work intimately with Linda and her extensive creative knowledge. Guests will create a customized selection of her loved garment patterns from the Collection, and leave having dyed with woad and have created hand-stitched samplers.  

Begin with a one-day adventure in learning the process of natural dyeing with woad alongside world-renouned artist Denise Lambert. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to dye beautiful specialty fabrics such as linen, velvet, cotton and silk to use in your upcoming sewing projects. You’ll learn about the process of woad and how it came to be, and tackle the hands-on dyeing process by dipping your pieces into the blue vats. 

Nancy Shriber, founder of Contemporary Sashiko and piecing expert, is joining the workshop as guest artist and teacher. Nancy will guide you in building a Stitch and Piecing Journal, a personal book that you can work on throughout the workshop in the contemplative setting of the chateau or with other students in the studio.  She will introduce you to the hand stitching art forms of sashiko, kantha and boro, lending an inspiring hand as you manipulate fabric fragments, exploring different methods of attachment and piecing, using an assortment of beautiful threads and other bits and pieces. Materials will be provided for your journal of stitched experiences in cloth. 

Once you’ve explored these techniques and treats, the rest of the week is about creating your personal wardrobe pieces. Linda will teach her innovative sewing methods and walk alongside you as you create and master your custom Sewing Workshop attire. Choose up to $225 retail value in your patterns and fabric, we’ll bring them along with us and have them ready for you when you arrive. Linda will cover all knowledge in regards to garment preparation, fit, construction, pattern alteration and design. 



What to Bring:

The Sewing Workshop & Chateau Dumas will provide everything you require for your projects, including sewing machines & sergers, cutting and pressing stations and basic sewing supplies. Once you register, you will receive a $225 retail value credit that allows you to choose your patterns and fabric from The Sewing Workshop. Email Alex at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your choices upon registration and we’ll bring them along with us and have them ready for you when you arrive. 



Afternoon - Arrive at the Chateau for meet-and-greets, apartifs, brief orientation and dinner

Morning - Visit to various local markets
Afternoon - The Sewing Workshop trunk show and orientation

Morning - Woad dyeing in the woods with Denise Lambert
Afternoon - Studio time to fit, prepare and design pattern selections

Studio time with Nancy Shriber in hand-stitching & piecing techniques

Wednesday - Friday:
Studio time with Linda & Nancy in creating your Sewing Workshop wardrobe

Morning - Depart 


Price + Accomodations:

Prices range from 2600 - 3200 Euro depending on accommodation choice
Non-participating partner price: 975 Euro

Chateau Dumas has bedrooms available in the following prices:

  • Single occupancy bedroom with ensuite bathroom: 3200E
  • Single occupancy bedroom with own bathroom: 3000E
  • Single occupancy bedroom with shared bathroom (shared with one other): 2850E
  • Shared double bedroom (2 beds) with ensuite bathroom: 2600E

To read more about Chateau Dumas, their accomodations and other ammenities, click here.

Included in the prices listed above:

  • 7 nights Chateau accommodation
  • All locally-sourced, freshly-made meals (with the exception of one restaurant meal out)
  • 5 days full-time workshop tuition
  • $225 credit at The Sewing Workshop for workshop materials
  • Materials to build a Stitch and Piecing journal
  • Local farmer’s market and other excursion transportation
  • Day of dyeing with Denise Lambert

Not included in the price:

  • Flights to Toulouse and travel to the Chateau 

Toulouse airport is less than one hour from the chateau. There is also an international train station in Toulouse that will take you to Cassaude, which is approximately 5 minutes from Auty. Upon registering through Chateau Dumas, you can arrange transportation from the airport or train station with them. Renting a car is also an option should you want to explore the area on your own. 


To contact Chateau Dumas, reach them at +447917 806905 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Linda and Alex travelled to Chateau Dumas with a side trip to Barcelona, Spain. They used Pat Gowan, an international travel consultant, and were extremely pleased with the travel arrangements that Pat designed. The total trip included the most timely and reasonable air fares available, train tickets from Toulouse to Cassaude and then to Barcelona, private transfers to the airports, a city tour, and lots of recommendations for hotels and restaurants. It was a breeze and very comforting to know that all was pre-arranged. She even watched our actual travel to make sure that things were going well. Pat works with clients all over the US and is happy to assist you.

Here is her contact information:
Pat Gowan | International Travel Consultant
2655 SW Wanamaker Rd | Topeka Kansas 66614 |
Ph 785 273-1226 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. |
Direct line - 785 430-6430    Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm CST  Mon-Fri



The event is currently sold out and is no longer taking registrations. Contact The Sewing Workshop to be added to our waitlist for the event. Should anyone cancel, you will be notified. 

For more information about this event, contact Alex at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Linda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at 785-357-6231 Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm CST. 

Inquire for the event on the Chateau Dumas website at

Meet the Teachers:

5105 inst 1200x1200Linda Lee

Linda’s training and experience as an interior designer has come in handy as she travels the country teaching the art of combining beautiful fabrics for the fashion –conscious home sewer. Along with teaching fitting skills and fine sewing techniques, she is known for designing patterns under the name of The Sewing Workshop, a line of patterns for the modern sewer who is interested in architecturally interesting styles to flatter with flare.

Along with six talented staff members, she operates out of her pattern-making studio in Topeka, Kansas, where you will find a huge inventory of fabrics that are sold online. She produces a monthly series of inspirational tutorials called Sew Confident! in which she breaks down the latest fashion trends into real-life sewing experiences for people who want to sew better than they can buy.

With nine Craftsy classes and 13 books under her belt, Linda has the depth of experience and enthusiasm needed to pass on the fine art of sewing clothes to her students.

Linda loves cats, fashion labels Marni and Akris, Roger Federer, vintage hand stitching, Fillmore Street in San Francisco, and cashews.

nancyNancy Shriber

Nancy Shriber is a nationally recognized artist, teacher, lecturer and writer who designs under the Contemporary Sashiko label. Nancy was a faculty member of The Sewing Workshop in San Francisco and for the Original Sewing and Quilt Expos for many years. She has written for and been featured in a number of national publications including Threads. Nancy published Sashiko Handbags: 14 on 14 and created and produced The Garment Series, a collection of sashiko-style pillow and tote bag patterns. 



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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