Textile Weaving Workshop ~ Prato & Florence, Italy

May 21 - 29, 2020 (9 days) - Registrations now open

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A fabulous workshop for textile lovers and weavers of all levels. Enjoy a 5 day hands-on weaving workshop with master weaver Patricia Kinsella and visit textile destinations in Florence and Prato.

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.

In addition to teaching, Patricia has worked as curator for several textile exhibits at the Textile Museum of Prato. Her work has been exhibited in Italy, the US, France, Switzerland, Japan, and Germany, and is represented in collections across the US and Europe including Museum of Arts and Design NY, The American Craft Museum NY, The Longhouse Foundation Southampton NY, The National Design Collection of the Smithsonian Institute NY and Cooper-Hewitt Museum NY.

In 1985 Patricia opened her textile design studio in Prato, Italy, where she continues to work for many local mills. Patricia has been teaching weaving courses in Florence since 1987, and has taught at several Florentine institutions, including Polimoda, Syracuse University, SACI, IED and FIT Florence.

Patricia has created a 5 day workshop exclusively for The Tour Studio and will be holding her weaving workshops in her Prato space from 2020.


Day 1

Checkin at Palazzo Guadagni hotel then join us for an apertivo.

Days 2-4

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

Master silk 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 then head to the vibrant textile centre of Prato on the outskirts of Florence. Prato is unique in its unbroken tradition of fabric production since the 12th century. Following lunch we learn about the important role of the textile industry in the economic and cultural development of Florence and Prato during a visit and lecture at Museo del Tessuto (Textile Museum of Prato).

On Day 3 we visit hand embroiderers TAF - Tovagliati Artistici Firenze, the beautiful Museo di Palazzo Davanzati and La Serra MK Textile Atelier in Florence. Textile designers Margherita Pandolfini and Karl Jorns of La Serra MK Textile Atelier produce limited edition hand painted and printed textiles, taking inspiration from their unique greenhouse atelier overlooking the garden of Palazzo Pandolfini.

In between textile destinations there will also be the opportunity to visit some of Florence’s most beautiful museums, including Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and Museo della Moda e del Costume at Palazzo Pitti.

Days 5-9

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. Emphasis will be on the creation of a unique and personal fashion accessory, taking full advantage of a wide range of hand woven techniques, local materials and fanciful embellishments. Workshop hours are approximately 9am – 5pm over four days and 9am – 12pm on the final day.

During the afternoon of the final day, there will be an opportunity to visit textile institution Fondazione Arte della Seta LISIO. Fondazione 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 antique floor looms for production and teaching, and a specialist library and archive.

Accommodation & other activities

We’ll be staying at beautiful Palazzo Guadagni hotel in the old artisan quarter, the Oltrarno, south of the river Arno. Palazzo Guadagni is a boutique hotel located in a 16th century building overlooking Piazza Santo Spirito. The hotel is within walking distance of Palazzo Pitti, Ponte Vecchio and The Uffizi.

Outside workshop hours enjoy a caffe and cornetto at your local bar, work your way through menus at local trattorias, and take in the beautiful stores and museums of Florence. We'll suggest great local places to eat, shop and wander.

Who will enjoy this workshop?

Fibre & craft lovers, weavers of all levels, textile designers.


  • Accommodation – 8 nights at Palazzo Guadagni Hotel Florence in twin share rooms (individual rooms available at additional cost)

  • Meals – 8 breakfasts, 7 morning teas, 5 lunches

  • Transportation – Private minibus transportation between Prato and Florence

  • Workshop – 5 day weaving workshop in Prato with master weaver Patricia Kinsella including all materials

  • Textile workshop & atelier visits - Antico Setificio Fiorentino, La Serra MK Textile Atelier, Fondazione Arte della Seta LISIO

  • Museum entries – Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Museo della Moda e del Costume at Palazzo Pitti, Museo del Tessuto, Palazzo Davanzati


  • Flights to/from Florence

  • Airport transfers

  • Travel insurance


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US$3950pp (twin share)