About Me

My name is Kathy Brassill and I am the owner of Handcrafted Holidays. Since 1996, I have been offering resources and tours for creative travel to the UK and Ireland.

My passion for the UK & Ireland coupled with my life-long interest in the fiber and textile arts is what got me started with Handcrafted Holidays and is what continues to excite my creative spirit. I am interested in creating connections between people like you who share these common interests and who wish to travel either independently or with a group.

Handcrafted Holidays tours are centered around quilting, knitting & crochet, weaving, basket making, textiles and all things having to do with the fiber, textile, and needle arts. They include personal visits to artists studios, specialty shops, attending special events related to those interests, and with an emphasis also on great local food throughout. They are called ‘Fiber & Food Lovers Tours’. I am the organizer and leader of the tours. For detail about upcoming tours click here.

These tours offer you an opportunity to experience the UK & Ireland through the excitement of your fiber, textile, food and other creative interests. The small group size of 6-8 people gives us unmatched access to people and places that would not be possible to visit with a much larger group.

With the additional emphasis on great local foods, you’ll enjoy delicious meals from restaurants and pubs, tea rooms, farm and specialty food shops.  And you’ll experience all of this with a companionable group of people who are ready to have a great time and make new friends. To read about past tour members’ experiences click here.

I also offer specialized trip planning for those who are traveling independently on a holiday or sabbatical and who wish to include their fiberart, textile, craft and gardening interests. Contact me for details.