Handwoven Textiles ~ Florence to Perugia, Italy

May 21 - June 2, 2020 (13 days) - Registrations now open LIMITED SPACE: 2 spots left for Fondazione Lisio workshop

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A workshop for textile designers, weavers, fibre and craft lovers, taking in handwoven textile studios and exclusive fabric houses in Florence, regional Tuscany and Perugia. Enjoy 5 days of hands-on weaving workshops and 7 days exploring beautiful central Italy visiting the few remaining artisans and textile designers still working in the Italian handmade ‘tessitura a mano’ tradition.

Master weavers Fondazione Lisio and Patricia Kinsella have created exclusive workshops for The Tour Studio. 

Choose one of two hand weaving workshops:

  • Patricia Kinsella’s workshop is located in Prato and caters to all levels, from beginners through to experienced weavers.

  • Fondazione Lisio is located on the outskirts of Florence and is suited to experienced weavers and textile designers.


Day 1

Checkin at Palazzo Guadagni hotel and join us for an apertivo followed by a casual dinner.

Days 2-4

We begin with a private guided visit of the stunning textile workshop and showroom of Antico Setificio Fiorentino.

Master weavers of Florence, Antico Setificio Fiorentino have been producing luxurious silk brocades, damask, taffeta and passementerie since 1786. Historical patterns and fabrics are woven here on antique hand looms and semi mechanical looms from the 14th – 19th centuries.

We also visit textile designers Margherita Pandolfini and Karl Jorns at La Serra MK Textile Atelier. La Serra MK Textile Atelier design and produce limited edition hand painted and printed textiles, taking inspiration from their unique greenhouse atelier overlooking the garden of Palazzo Pandolfini.

During a trip to Prato we visit the Museo del Tessuto (Prato Textile Museum). Museo del Tessuto’s archive consists of thousands of textiles from ancient to contemporary times, including the most significant collection of Italian Renaissance textiles in the world. A limited selection of textiles from the collection are exhibited at the museum. 

In between textile destinations, there will also be the opportunity to visit some of Florence’s most beautiful museums, including Palazzo Davanzati, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana.

Days 5-9

Choose from two 5-day hand weaving workshops with Fondazione Lisio (for experienced weavers) or Patricia Kinsella (for beginner - experienced weavers).

Fondazione Lisio Weaving Workshop

The Fondazione Arte della Seta LISIO is dedicated to the art of traditional and contemporary weaving using the finest techniques for hand-weaving silks and precious metals. The foundation is located in the hills surrounding Florence and houses a specialist library, archive and production and teaching facilities.

LISIO have customised a workshop for us on their antique jacquard handlooms, where you will punch your own cards and weave a small personal project. This is a once in a lifetime weaving experience, and an opportunity to work with an Italian master weaver. Workshop instructor Eva Basile is a designer and textile artist. She studied textile design and weaving at the Istituto Statale d'Arte Firenze, Visual Arts at University of Bologna and Jacquard woven design at Fondazione LISIO. She has exhibited widely, collaborated with various textile companies, and has studied weaving practices in Ghana and Turkey. Eva has been teaching at LISIO since 1994.

Patricia Kinsella Weaving Workshop

Patricia Kinsella is an award winning freelance textile artist and designer of wovens for apparel and home furnishings. An expert weaver, she has taught courses in weaving, the principles of textiles as well as Italian fashion and culture since 1982.

Patricia has curated several exhibits at the Textile Museum of Prato. Her work has been exhibited extensively and is represented in collections at Museum of Arts and Design NY, The American Craft Museum NY, The Smithsonian Institute NY and Cooper-Hewitt Museum NY.

In 1985 Patricia opened her textile design studio in Prato, where she continues to work for many local mills. Patricia has taught at several Florentine institutions, including Polimoda, Syracuse University, SACI and FIT Florence.

Patricia will be conducting a 5 day weaving workshop created exclusively for The Tour Studio, working on hand looms in her Prato space. The workshop focuses on the creation of a scarf, and is suitable for beginners through to experienced weavers.

Days 10-13

Departing Florence we head to the medieval hilltop town of Anghiari, for a private tour through the headquarters of Tuscan fabric house Busatti. Located in Palazzo Morgalanti, we’ll visit the original Busatti factory floor, the extensive showroom and original Busatti family apartment. 

Following lunch and an opportunity to explore the town we head to the Umbrian capital of Perugia, checking in at our hotel in the historic centre. Whilst in Perugia we take in Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria’s beautiful art collection and visit the Perugian institution Pasticceria Sandri. 

At the Brozzetti workshop located in the historic Church of St Francis for women, we'll meet Marta - a weaver, textile designer and interior designer. Marta will guide us through her incredible atelier and discuss traditional and contemporary Umbrian textiles. 

We’ll also visit the historic glass studio of the Moretti Caselli family, where five generations of glass painters have worked since 1860 in a 15th century Perugian residence. 

There will be plenty of free time to explore Perugia, enjoy the local delicacies and partake in a siesta, before departing to the airport or train station on the final day.

Accommodation & other activities

While in Florence we’ll be staying at the beautiful Palazzo Guadagni hotel located in the Oltrarno quarter, south of the River Arno. In Perugia we’ll be staying at Hotel Locanda della Posta overlooking Corso Vannucci.

Outside of workshop hours enjoy a caffe and cornetto at your local bar, and work your way through menus at the local trattorias. We'll help you get your bearings and suggest great local places to eat, shop and wander.

Who will enjoy this workshop?

Weavers, textile designers, fibre & craft lovers, textile design students.


  • Accommodation – 9 nights at our Florence hotel and 3 nights at our Perugia hotel in twin share rooms (individual rooms available at additional cost)

  • Meals – 12 breakfasts, 10 morning teas, 5 lunches, 5 aperitivi & dinners

  • 5 day weaving workshop with Fondazione Lisio or Patricia Kinsella including all materials

  • Transportation – Private bus transfers between Florence hotel and Fondazione Lisio. Private bus transportation between Florence, Prato, Anghiari and Perugia. Public tram and bus transportation in central Florence.

  • Museum entries – Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana and Palazzo Davanzati in Florence, Museo del Tessuto in Prato and Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria in Perugia.

  • Private guided visits - Antico Setificio Fiorentino and La Serra MK Textile Atelier in Florence, Bussatti headquarters Anghiari, Laboratorio di tessitura a mano Giuditta Brozzetti and Studio Moretti Caselli in Perugia.


  • Transportation to Florence and from Perugia

  • Airport transfers

  • Travel insurance


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2020 US$5950 (twin share)

May 2020: Registrations now open, 2 spots left for Fondazione Lisio workshop