Craftlands: Estonian Craft Camp

Craftlands: Estonian Craft Camp

Learning to knit and getting back into making things with my own two hands has not come without some regrets — chief among them being that there’s no way I’ll ever get to go to even a fraction of the amazing retreats and camps and workshops that take place all over the globe. Or even get a grasp on what they all are! So I thought maybe we could live vicariously, and I could write a little bit, once in awhile, about some amazing opportunity out there in the vast craftlands of planet Earth — and maybe you or I will actually get to attend some of them along the way. I’d say some will be closer to home and others farther afield, but since you lovely people are scattered all over the world, it’s all relative, right? So I’m kicking it off with one that I’ve actually made note of before, but thinking about it yesterday (longing to attend) is what gave me the idea for this new series, so that’s where we’ll begin:

Two summers ago I mentioned that Jaime and Amber of Fancy Tiger Crafts (world-class craft tourists and role models) were attending Estonian Craft Camp, recommended you check out their Instagram pics and noted that they’d be blogging about it. I just looked it up, and the camp is put on by the Viljandi Culture Academy at the University of Tartu (how exotic does that sound?) and it’s coming up in July! It is conducted in English, if that’s the first thing you’re wondering. I was quizzing Jaime about it recently — seriously, I think about this one a lot — and she emphasized how incredibly affordable it was as compared to other retreats, and how much they got out of it. It’s a mix of workshops in a variety of traditional Estonian crafts, lectures, films and field trips, so it’s a rich stew — and you get all of that (including 4 workshops) plus six nights’ accommodations and all meals for 950 Euro. (Plus your flight, which obviously will vary!)

For anyone who didn’t read their blog posts about it at the time, they are extensive and amazing, and you can still read them on their old blog, which I definitely recommend doing — whether to whet your appetite for going or, like I said, to live vicariously.

Photos by @fancyamber and @fancyjaime, used with permission

9 thoughts on “Craftlands: Estonian Craft Camp

  1. Sigh…I wish I had a fairy godmother who could sponsor me and enable me to go on these worldwide creative retreats!

  2. I remember when you mentioned his trip a few years ago and it was the first time I had ever heard of the Fancy ladies! It seemed like such an awesome trip! Thanks for bringing it up again.

  3. I can only add that the people running this camp are the best of the field in Estonia. Their work on keeping the traditional techniques alive and accessible is fabulous. For those, who are interested in Estonian knitting but cannot go there, there is a new book just out, watch a small introductory video here available here

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