November 5 - 9, 2017

Tour Hosts:

Angela Cartwright


Connie Freedman

Package Price:

(per person, based on double occupancy)


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This itinerary, pricing and escorts are subject to change. Insurance is available and highly recommended. Single rates are available upon request. Please consult the Terms and Conditions, as they apply starting with the first payment. A 3% discount applies off the cost of the trip, if the trip is paid in full by check with in 7-10 business days of invoice date. Gratuities are additional and will be collected with final payment. All prices listed are in USD unless otherwise noted.

This very special Mixed Media Cocoon takes place in the quaint Vermont town of Stowe at the stunning Trapp Family Lodge. The Trapp family lodge was founded and is currently run by the original family that the movie "The Sound of Music" was based on. Here we will host our Cocoon with mixed media artists, Seth Apter, Connie Freedman and Angela Cartwright, who played Brigitta in the original "The Sound of Music" movie.

  • First-class accommodations for four nights at the fabulous Trapp Family Lodge.
  • Daily Breakfast.
  • Special welcome dinner and reception.
  • Private viewing of "The Sound of Music" movie.
  • Full day Master workshops with Angela Cartwright, Seth Apter and Connie Freedman.
  • Optional private lunch and presentation with Seth Apter.
  • An evening presentation and Q&A with legendary actress Angela Cartwright.
  • Special farewell graduation dinner.
  • Commemorative Craftours gifts.
  • Craftours Cocoon™ director and staff members the entire time.
  • An opportunity to purchase special art supplies and products.
  • All this and much more!


White Temple Trapp Family Lodge Play Movie
In the early 1940s, the von Trapp family toured the United States as the Trapp Family Singers before eventually settling in Stowe, Vermont on an enchanted farm with sweeping mountain vistas reminiscent of their beloved Austria. In the summer of 1950, they began welcoming guests to a rustic, family home/lodge. The Trapp Family Lodge is a unique, four-season resort specializing in European-style accommodations and cuisine, spectacular mountain vistas, upscale amenities, and outdoor activities.
White Temple Stowe, Vermont Play Movie
A visit to the charming New England town of Stowe, Vermont takes us back in time. Stowe boasts an old fashion shopping experience along the Stowe Mountain Road with over 70 unique stores. Throughout this shopping experience you will find art, jewelry, nationally recognized crafts, handcrafted furniture, fine art, specialty foods, clothing and much more! Stowe is also a great place to explore the creativty of local artists & crafts people. From museums, art galleries and local shops where these talented individuals sell their wares there is always something unique to find.

Artists Do Tell Tales
with Angela Cartwright

Join me on a journey to alter your photographs by painting, coloring and stenciling. We’ll use our imagination on our quest to push the envelope in this safe environment of exploration and storytelling. We’ll combine mixed media with photography, water color, inks and pens. Experimenting with text, music, and ephemera. We’ll play with my new line of stencils, dress shadows in our stories and we won’t be afraid to spread our wings. No art experience necessary… just a will to explore the art within you with an open mind and heart. For the experienced artist, enjoy the metamorphosis.
A Book Of Windows
with Seth Apter

A cocoon is a covering that protects what is inside and, in the art world, perhaps the ultimate cocoon is a book. In this workshop, you will transform the most basic of materials - book board and paper - into a memorable and unique handmade page-turner. The focus of the class will be on learning a no-sew binding technique that is easily completed by a true beginner but will also likely be a new approach to bookbinding for the seasoned pro. Our cocoon theme continues between the covers as well, as we will create pages that serve as frames, waiting for the perfect images to slip inside. Once the book structure is complete, we will decorate the cover mixed media style. Each attendee will leave the class with a unique, completed book that will hold all the memories of your retreat experience within.
Affections of the Heart
with Connie Freedman

The tradition began in the nineteenth century with Queen Victoria. The Queen was an amateur practitioner of the textile arts, who thought that soldiers might find quilting or needlework a great distraction while far away from home or recovering from injury.

During World War 1 British Soldiers created beaded pin cushions to send home to their mothers, sisters, wives & sweethearts. They were filled with saw dust and embellished with beads, sequins, felt, ribbons, terms of endearment and a snippet from their unit and regiments colors.

Join me in creating your own masterpiece using the techniques British Soldiers used so long ago. Each beautiful token of affection will be your very own one of a kind creation to treasure as they have been in the past. Only basic sewing techniques needed.


Teresa Williamson, Baton Rouge, Louisiana - "The Naperville Cocoon was just what I was looking for! Every instructor was absolutely wonderful and it really opened my eyes to some great techniques. The hotel was great, food was great, and the entire event was very well organized. This was my first time traveling with Craftours and I'm looking forward to another trip!!!"
Linda Umstead, Montague, Michigan - "Had a great time. Instructors were very helpful."
Denise Nehl, Jefferson City, Missouri - "I enjoyed the classes. The instructors were knowledgeable and patient with all levels of skill."
Linda Carpenter, College Station, Texas - "This was my first experience with Craftours; I had a fantastic time. Group B was the best! We could not have had a better group. The instructors were great and I learned a lot from each one. Honoring Rosemary on Wednesday night was a highlight that I nor many of us will ever forget."
Susan McCoy, Elmhurst, Illinois - "A great four day quilting experience."
Leslie Legros, Kenora, Ontario - "This was a wonderful opportunity I would not have had otherwise to meet the 4 Amazing Teachers and of course Kaye England and Lisa B!"
Bryan Nehl, Jefferson City, Missouri - "I initially came for one class in particular. However, I kept an open mind and I learned something in every class."
Kate Schrot, North Mankato, Minnisota - "It was great. Classes were wonderful. The group was friendly and everyone seemed to get along."
Debbie Conlee, Montgomery, Illinois - "I signed up for the event because I don't do ships (seasick!) and wanted a class with Bonnie Hunter. I hesitated to attend class with Mark Sherman and Pam Holland. I am not artistic and that is how I viewed their work. To my delight, I had the best time learning the techniques that Mark and Pam use in their work. I can transfer those skills to other projects. And Pepper Cory was so encouraging to those of us who dreaded curved piecing! Everyone was so welcoming and wanted to make sure that we had a good time. I am still smiling a week later! When is the next cocoon?"
Marilyn Nance, Chicago, Illinois - "I had a wonderful time! The classes, instructors, meals and venue were all terrific."
Christine Hampton, Oregon, Wisconsin - "The Cocoon was the most amazing experience. The best quilt retreat I've been to, by far, and my first trip with Craftours. I learned so much from all the Master Instructors. It was a great line up of workshops. I can't say enough good things about this event. Please repeat the IL Quilting Cocoon soon."
Helen Fox, Blackburn, Australia - "Fabulous, stimulating and inspiring AND I learned and became comfortable with lots of ways of doing things differently - curves, trapunto using multiple layers of different batting, thread stitching and companion ruler for flying geese! Lots of extra sewing time to work on projects and some fun entertainment as well as surprises!"
Doris Troutt, Mt. Vernon, Illinois - "I loved the versatility of the instructors. I did things I didn't believe I was capable of. Thank you instructors!"
Anne Wawrzyniak, McFarland, Wisconsin - "GREAT time. The small class size gave ample opportunity for 1:1 with the instructors. The hotel was comfortable, and large enough that one didn't feel cramped in our rooms or classrooms. The topics covered by the instructors were able to be taught in a one day class without feeling rushed."
Rosemary Dawes, Bedford, Texas - "It was an unbelievable experience. Everything, the instructors, the equipment, the personal support and the technical support, were top notch. For me, nothing compares to my being surprised with the awarding of a Quilt of Valor. It was an experience I will not forget."
Rebecca Andrews, Sahuarita, Arizona - "I enjoyed cocoon very much. The instructors were great and learned a lot."
Donna Simonton, Clinton, Maryland - "I thought this was a great idea and a lot of fun. Four different teachers with four different techniques made for a great week!"
Antoinette Susie McKelvy, Medina, Texas - "What a wonderful experience. Great teachers, wonderful accommodations, great food."
Terry Klausmeier, Lake Forest, Illinois - "The Naperville Cocoon far surpassed my expectations! The accommodations at the Chicago Marriott were lovely, and the meals served were not only healthy; they tasted great! Kaye and Lisa made sure everything ran smoothly and did it with smiles and laughter! They are quite a team! Mark, Pam, Pepper and Bonnie were the dream team -- their talent, teaching skills and patience made for an amazing retreat! I am already looking for my next adventure! "
Chris Deering, Chicago, Illinois - "I loved this cocoon. It was such a great chance to learn from wonderful instructors and make new quilting friends!"