FIBER ARTS WORKSHOPS,
YARN CRAWLS AND TEXTILE TOURS

Where will YOU be knitting, crocheting and hand spinning in 2012?!!!   Photo: Daniela Anderson
WELCOME TO THE FIBER SUMMIT SERIES ABROAD:

The Alpine Adventure Agency LLC, created  the Fiber Summit Series Abroad (FSSA) to enable enthusiasts of fiber arts to convene several times a year in exotic and beautiful settings. FSSA's homebase is located in the Italian Tyrolean Alps, Venice, Italy and Washington D.C.

Knitters, crocheters, hand spinners, weavers, quilters, dyers, students of Kumihimo, and enthusiasts of Temari, embroidery and other needle arts all belong to an extended fiber community that enjoy a wonderful camaraderie and understanding of each other based in a shared passion. It makes me extremely happy to provide unique environments where we can share each others' creativity while visiting some of the most beautiful and breath-taking locations on Earth.

Students taking part in our fiber-arts workshops enjoy personalized attention from  internationally renowned instructors in several fields of expertise. Many of our teachers have written highly-acclaimed books and are sought out to teach at established knitting conferences and fiber festivals.

Your tour director and guide is Daniela Anderson, the bi-lingual, Italian-American owner of The Alpine Adventure Agency. She has shared a lifetime between two countries and two cultures, dividing her time between the Italian Alps, Venice, the French and Italian Riviera, and the United States. She holds a B.A. in Art History and Fine Arts, and has worked as a docent, fine arts instructor and tour guide in respected art galleries and museums in PA, MD, VA and Washinton D.C, beginning at the age of 15 working for the Smithsonian Institution.  She is in the perfect position to organize and host this special fiber arts series because she invites you over as a member of her family in smaller, intimate groups, and not as a tour operator herding a group in a mega-tour environment.

Many knitting trips, workshops and conferences include as many as 25-30 students taking part in the classes PLUS their traveling companions.  We prefer to keep our numbers between 15- 20 participants. We strive for stellar individual instruction and attention from our internationally renowned teachers for our workshop students.  Class sizes generally are in the 10-12 student range.

Maintaining a smaller group size allows us to become immersed completely  in the local culture.  We enjoy exclusive and unique experiences not possible for knitting and other fiber/textile trips that accomodate much larger groups.

We can organize special vacations for private, special-interest groups of any size. We encourage you to contact us to find out how we can help your group create an experience that meets its goals.

In addition to our featured, fully-guided fiber vacations and workshops, we provide "ready-to-go" and customized, self-guided vacations and experiences for guests who prefer to travel independently. We look forward to helping you plan and organize your trip!


Galina Khmeleva works with her students during her 10-day Orenburg, Russian Knitted Lace Workshop in the Italian Alps and Venice. Photo: Daniela Anderson.


Emilio and Daniela in the famed Gandolfi Bobbin Lace Studio in Rapallo, Italy. A private visit and demo in Emilio's studio is included in our annual Yarn Crawl/ Textile Tour of the French and Italian Riviera.

2012 KNITTING WORKSHOPS, YARN CRAWLS  AND FIBER/TEXTILE TOURS
Our workshop with Sally Melville will be our only instructor-led workshop in 2012.

Our Fiber/Textile Venice and Burano Getaway will be offered as an optional extension both before and  following Sally's workshop. We are finalizing the itinerary as some of the local lacemakers on the island of Burano confirm their availability to offer our group a private demo and lacemaking lesson. Please check back after the beginning of the year to view our final itinerary and pricing.  Our Venice/Burano Getaway also is offered as a private, customizable tour. Some of the options that can be added to this tour are cooking lessons and demos, hand-blown, Murano glass bead lessons with a top glass artist, antique book making and binding, and gondola rowing lessons, to name a few.

Our fiber/textile tours along the Italian Riviera will not be offered in 2012 as this region recovers from the devastating floods that destroyed many areas along the Ligurian coast and wiped out some entire villages in the region in late October 2011.

Our fiber/textile tour along Lake Como and surrounding areas will be offered as a private, customizable tour in 2012.

PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE FIBER/TEXTILE WORKSHOP VACATIONS WE ARE PLANNING FOR 2013. THANK YOU!

beatrich sock demo
Myrna Stahman and some of her students enjoy a "close-up examination" of a locally handspun and hand knit Tyrolean cable and lace sock knitted by one of the three yodlers' mothers.   Photo: Daniela Anderson.


Some of the Myrna Stahman's Faroese Shawl and  Lace Knitting Workshop students visiting Gianna Tavernaro at the Malga Canali in the Italian Dolomites. Gianna raises Cashmere goats, various breeds of sheep, and dairy cows at her Malga, a high mountain dairy high up in the Italian Alps. We had a chance to play with her antique carding bench and spinning wheel, and compare our knitted shawls with hers.   Visits with Gianna are a highlight during our knitting trips in the Alps. Photo: Daniela Anderson.


Myrna Stahman and some of our students visit Delia, owner of the Piereni Hotel in Val Canali. Delia is renowned in the area for her beautiful needle arts work and Hardanger Lace. Visits with Delia are featured in all of our fiber arts workshops and textile vacations in the Italian Dolomites. Photo: Daniela Anderson.
"THE WOMAN WHO SPINS"
Short video clip of the Gruppo Focloristico di Mezzano dancing a traditional regional dance of the Primiero Valley called "The Woman Who Spins."  This group is the oldest in the Trentino region of Italy, and recently celebrated its 80th anniversary. The group has performed privately and taught the dances to our guests during our knitting vacations.  The hand spinner in the group is one of the skilled hand spinners in the valley dedicated to carrrying on the  tradition of spinning the regional specialty: linen.  She is one of Daniela's good friends and looks forward to visiting with the fiber enthusiasts participating in our vacations.  Video: Daniela Anderson.




Students show off some of their knitting projects during a workshop with Beth Brown-Reinsel in the Italian Alps and Venice. We pride ourselves with being able to gift our students with small, intimate class numbers to ensure maximum personal attention and instruction from our world renowned teachers. Photo: Daniela Anderson




Students plan out individual colors and schematics for Galina's exclusive Orenburg project for her workshop in July 2009.  Photo: Daniela Anderson



Galina class photo with shawl blotted out for website 3We spoil our students with spacious, private salons, floor to ceiling windows providing superior lighting, and deep, wide, comfortable chairs perfect for knitting and crocheting.  Photo: Daniela Anderson.


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