Come away from a trip to Italy with a beautiful tote, featuring your own appliqué pieces influenced by your time in Orvieto.

Sue will guide and encourage you in creating the front appliqué of your bag. You can choose instead to design a small pictorial appliqué piece inspired by your visit.

DATES: August 28 – September 3, 2022

PRICE:  $3495 USD

THEME: Create a personalized tote with your own appliqué pieces inspired by Orvieto, and leather base from Orvieto’s own leather craftsman, Federico Badia. (leather base and handles included in the price)

Meet Sue

Southern Africa had a considerable influence on Sue’s life and creativity. She was born in Zambia and educated in South Africa, where she also trained to be a nurse. She soon moved to England. This shift between two very different environments and cultures has inspired many of her designs. The stark contrasts between the arid beige and browns of the African bushveld and the lush greens of the rolling hills of Southern England have continued to be a rich source of ideas. Sue is influenced especially by the energy and color of traditional African designs. All of these early experiences combined to stir her love of “primitive” arts and crafts and grew into her focus on contemporary folk-art. Throughout her early life, the United States beckoned and in 1989 that dream was fulfilled when she moved to Connecticut and subsequently to Tennessee, Utah and finally settling in Ohio. Each new State presented sharp contrasts and stirred new ideas. With each move Sue met many new and wonderful quilt enthusiasts and through them added abundantly to her knowledge and creativity. In Sue’s own words, “Quilt makers are special people and I thank them for their warmth and companionship.”

Your time with Sue includes:

Your project is the result of a collaboration with Federico Badia, a local leather craftsman, who will make accessories for a bag Sue has designed. It will incorporate a leather base and handles in either black or brown as well as an appliquéd piece inspired by your trip to Orvieto. The appliquéd piece can be made either as a 12” x 9” piece or as twelve 3” appliquéd squares. If you choose not to incorporate the piece into a bag you can work on a small pictorial appliqué piece instead.

As the piece is small you will not need to bring large quantities of supplies. In class you will focus on the front appliqué. Sue will bring a finished sample to share along with a pattern for each of you to complete the project at home.

Tour Details

Mornings will be spent in creative exploration, either in the studio or out around Orvieto. In the afternoon you will experience the culture of Italy. It might be a tour into the Etruscan caves, a cooking class, or a vineyard visit. There will also be plenty of free time to explore Orvieto on your own. You will receive a more detailed itinerary for the week in your final information packet sent before you travel.

A traditional continental breakfast is served each morning in the B&B. Because Italian cuisine is such fun, some meals are not prearranged allowing you the freedom to choose where and what to eat. Recommendations are offered and no one eats alone!


  • Workshop instruction
  • Pre-trip notes and guidelines
  • Six nights double occupancy lodging – Sunday to Saturday
  • Six Continental breakfasts
  • Cooking class including lunch
  • Vineyard tour and wine tasting
  • Wine and olive oil tasting including dinner
  • Two additional dinners
  • Three additional lunches
  • Cathedral tour and visit to San Brizio chapel


  • Travel costs
  • Passport fees, photos and processing where applicable
  • Transfers to and from the airports
  • Meals, except where indicated in itinerary
  • Personal items such as individual journaling and art supplies, wines, liquors, valet/laundry charges, and other items not specifically mentioned as included
  • Optional activities, if any
  • Supplement for single room
  • Additional nights lodging


Single occupancy available for an additional cost. Travel costs are not included.

The balance including single room supplement of $150 USD and optional activities, if any, is due as indicated on the registration form, which is approximately 90 days prior to trip commencement. Payment installments can be arranged directly with Adventures in Italy Inc. Methods of payment accepted are check, Visa and Mastercard.

* HOLD MY SPOT: A $500 USD deposit secures your spot today!  You will be contacted by Adventures in Italy to arrange your additional payment schedule.

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