Amsterdam Retreat

Join Daisy and Lentjee for a week-long natural dyeing and sewing retreat in the heart of Amsterdam at Leentje's Tinctoria studio!

 Tinctoria Natural Dye Studio in Amsterdam quilt retreat

For the first part of the week, we'll explore natural dyeing techniques that Leentje has honed over her decades-long career as a textile designer. Participants will learn how to prepare fabrics, understand the range of natural dye options available with indigo and madder, and apply natural dyes to materials to create a range of colorful options for using in sewing projects. Each participant will get 2.5 meters of material to dye.

Natural dye studio of Leentje in Amsterdam, quilting retreatNatural dye studio of Leentje in Amsterdam, dyeing and quilting retreat

For the second part of the week, Daisy will help participants cut and sew together a minimalist, log cabin quilt top that showcases the gorgeous fabric from the dye portion of the retreat. On our last day together, participants will prepare their quilt for hand quilting and begin applying stitches to be continued as you travel and return home.

In between dyeing and sewing, participants will have a day for self-guided sightseeing and relaxing. Take a boat cruise on the canals. See the Van Gogh museum. Go to Anne Frank's house. Or, enjoy a traditional Dutch pastry and latte while you relax in the "Venice of the North."

What is included?

  • natural dye materials and mordants for use during the workshop
  • 2.5 meters of fabric, batting, and a small spool of 12 wt. Aurifil thread
  • Welcome gift and notebook
  • 6 nights stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel Amsterdam
  • All breakfasts and lunches
  • Welcome and good-bye dinners

Our Accommodations

The Radisson Blu Hotel Amsterdam is a four-star hotel centrally located in downtown Amsterdam, just minutes from the historical monuments of Dam Square, De Negen Straatjes (shopping area), Bloemenmarkt (floating flower market), and most importantly, our workshop location at Tinctoria. 

Radisson blue hotel for textile retreat amsterdam 


Sunday: arrival and welcome dinner
Monday: natural dyeing
Tuesday: natural dyeing
Wednesday: self-guided sightseeing
Thursday: sewing a quilt top
Friday: hand quilting instruction and goodbye dinner
Saturday: departure

Other Details

Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available for lunches and dinners.

Once you have registered for the event, you will receive periodic communication prior to the event with further details. We will communicate one-on-one regarding arrival and departure times for flights as well as food preferences for meals.

Trip insurance is highly recommended. No refunds available after June 1, 2023. If the minimum capacity isn't reached by July 1, all participants will be notified and all payments refunded in full. If there is interest in the retreat but schedule conflicts prevent attendance, please get in touch!

Otherwise, go ahead and book your spot!