January 11 - 16, 2020

Celebrity Instructors:
Pam Holland
Catherine Redford
Mark Sherman

Full Package Price:
$2,498.00 | Air from Miami

Land Only Price:
$1,848.00 | Land only rate does not include airport/hotel transfers

(per person, based on double occupancy)


January 16 - 19, 2020
Extend your tour for 3 extra nights! Learn more by visiting our extensions tab.

(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.


  • Round-trip international airfare from Miami to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
  • Round-trip transfers to and from the airport in Punta Cana.
  • Accommodations for 6 days/5 nights at a 6-Apple Vacations Resort. (Suite upgrades available)
  • A delicious "welcome dinner" with our master instructors and fellow participants.
  • A Craftours facilitator/host the entire time.
  • All meals included from all daily a la carte restaurants.
  • A full drink package of unlimited natural fruit juices, soft drinks, and international & domestic top-shelf spirits.
  • Complimentary room mini-bar refreshed daily.
  • Special "farewell dinner" and parting gift.
  • Relaxing free time at the hotel pool and beach area.
  • 3 (full-day) hands-on workshops with master instructors Pam Holland, Catherine Redford and Mark Sherman.
  • An arts and crafts workshop with a local artisan.
  • 24-hour room and concierge services.
  • Music and entertainment every evening.
  • A special presentation from all three teachers.
  • All taxes and gratuities are included.
  • Shopping in local markets for traditional crafts and folk art.
  • Craftours lanyard, luggage tag and special commemorative beach tote bag.
  • All three class project kits included.


3 additional nights in standard room accommodations, all resort amenities, drink and meal package as previously stated and a tour to Los Haitises National Park. This full day tour is one of the most beautiful corners of the Dominican Republic where you will be picked up at the hotel early in the morning and taken on a cruise across the Samaná Bay. You will explore caves in the jungle, have a delicious lunch and enjoy the commentary from an English-speaking guide. It is a "must see" for all visitors who visit the Dominican Republic!

The total cost of this 3-nights extension package is only $769.00 per person, based on double occupancy.


Textile Artist, Photographer, Author, Illustrator, Wife and Mother to 13 bambinos.

After a career as a photographer, and fashion designer Pam has been working in the quilting industry for over 25 years. She now travels the world teaching Textile Art and Photography. Her experiences in teaching and travel have been the inspiration for most of her quilts and has given her the reputation of shaping something new from the already established.

Drawing, writing and filming while she travels form the basic plans that she uses to create quilts when she’s home in the studio. Winner of the Jewel Pearce Patterson Scholarship for International Quilt Teachers. She has been awarded Best of Show in Houston and many other Quilt Shows. She's also making her very own adaption of the amazing Bayeux Tapestry.


A one day class for all levels of experience.

Create small textile art brooches, using art, and found fabric.

I used old collars from mens shirts and also old Quilts.

You will receive the pattern for several different designs.


I was brought up in the Northwest of England, the "middle child," with an older brother and a younger sister. I learned to knit and sew at an early age and kept my family's Barbie Dolls and Action Men well dressed.

University took me to Reading where I met my future husband, Steve. Knitting him a long "Doctor Who" style striped scarf and making needlepoint pictures gave welcome relief to the chemistry and microbiology courses demanded for my degree in Food Science. We married two weeks after I graduated and 33 years later have four grown children.

We moved to Naperville, IL from London in 1995. I had been teaching cross-stitch and just had my first pattern accepted for publication when we moved. Buying warm coats for the Illinois winters and making new friends kept me busy for a while and then in 1998 I discovered quilting.

I took my first class at Stitches and Stuffing in Naperville. There seemed to be lots to learn. Fifteen years later I taught classes at Pieceful Heart Fabrics in Lisle, just 10 minutes from my home for 10 years until the shop closed in June this year. I am now teaching and speaking at Guilds around the country and continue to learn.

I'm a member of my local quilt guild, "Riverwalk Quilters Guild," where I have served as program chair, vice-president, co-chair of "the Gathering" committee, and have just finished a 2 year term as president. I am also a member of the Fiber Art Divas, an art group that meets at Naperville Art League and of PAQA, the professional art quilt group. Last year I co-founded the Naperville Modern Quilt Guild to further explore the modern quilt aesthetic.

A class with Phil Beaver in 2005 challenged me to take my art further and I have been creating more of my own original pieces. I have also developed a lecture and workshops of my own and am available to visit your shop or guild. After taking many different classes locally my style could be described as "eclectic" but I am known best for my originality and innovation when completing my projects, particularly in the realm of free-motion quilting and embellishment.

I believe we all have an innate need to create in some sphere of our lives, being made in the image of a creator God. Quilting is my outlet of choice. I share my love of quilting as an inspiration to others. I have found that as I pass on the knowledge I have gained on my journey I learn more tips and techniques that take me still further.

Quilting is a choice and as such I think that all quilters have the right to choose the elements of their craft that bring joy to them. There are always parts of our lives that we just "have to do" in pursuit of our long-term goals. It's the same when we quilt. I always encouraged my children to try a new vegetable but could accept that there were some that they would never learn to love. I encourage my students to try all the processes involved in finishing a quilt but accept that there will be some people that find their joy in making tops by machine whilst others enjoy handwork and still others love to machine quilt. That's OK! That's where teamwork comes in and there's a whole community of quilters out there willing to help.


Kit includes preprinted panel, hand dyed threads, needles and embellishments. Students just need small scissors, thimble if you usually use one and reading glasses!

“Wherever you are on your hand work journey, enjoy your day taking a few steps more as you stitch on your choice of butterfly designs. Catherine will cover basic and more advanced embroidery stitches, adding embellishments and different ways of finishing your project. Leave class relaxed and refreshed with a piece you will be looking forward to showing to your friends.”


Mark began his quilting career in 2001. He asked his mother to teach him to make his first quilt. Mark's mother had originally learned what she knew about quilting from Eleanor Burns, in one of Eleanor's very first classes taught at a local high school. Since the beginning Mark was interested in competitive quilting which forced him to excel in his art. During these years Mark developed many unique techniques that he is teaching the quilting community. Mark is now a quilt teacher and lecturer working all over the United States and Internationally as well.

Mark draws his inspiration from nature and his love of color. He has always been inspired by stained glass and his admiration of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Mark developed a unique method for making stained glass quilts using his own hand dyed fabrics. One of these first quilts, Wisteria (2008), is now part of the Permanent Founder's Collection of The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.

Mark currently lives in the Nashville, Tennessee area. He now travels the world teaching and lecturing, which he has discovered is his real passion.
Mark is the father of two grown children. He is an accomplished pianist and organist. He has done interior design as well as elaborate floral designs for important events. Mark has always loved antiques and because of this he became a GIA gemologist certified in pearls. His specialty is natural pearls. Mark is fluent in Spanish, something he learned while serving in the US Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. Hablamos Espanol


Imagine this, you are standing by your prize winning quilt at a national quilt show. People are gathering around and commenting on your quilt. They are unaware that you are standing there with them. Suddenly, someone comments, “I wonder how she made all of those perfect little appliques?” What would you do? Speak up and tell the truth or stay silent and let them think that you are a master at turned edge applique.

This exact scenario repeated itself many times for me, and of course the teacher in me always spoke up and told the truth. The truth is, my method for doing faux applique would fool anyone.

In this class, you will learn to apply paints to PFD cotton white fabric in such a way that you can actually mimic using hand dyed fabric. Your painted fabric will be soft, pliable and the sky is the limit what you can do with this in the future. Maybe that photograph, that you have been saving, wondering how you could translate it into a quilt, will actually come to life.

I will also teach you my ground breaking method for applying 22K gold leaf to fabric and getting it to stay.

Once your painting is finished we will heat set the paint to the fabric. The result, well look at the picture and decide for yourself. Is it applique or is it paint?

What To Expect From This Class

You will learn my process for creating the look of real appliques, using paints. I will teach you how to apply the paint, how to apply 22K gold leaf to fabric, how I quilt this project.

Remarkable Faux Applique Kit

  • Original Remarkable Pattern
  • 1/3 yard PFD Fabric
  • 1/3 yard totally stable
  • Sharpie extra fine marker
  • Sharpie Fine Point marker
  • Cotton Rag (diaper material)
  • Paint Tray
  • Fantastix (six pack)
  • Paint

Note: Everything you need to do the painting is supplied in this kit.

Instructor Will Provide

  • Magic Sizing
  • Ironing surface
  • Scissors
  • Irons
  • Paints (Mark will also make these paints available to you for sale)


Jinny Beyer - "I’ve recently returned from a fabulous trip to Indonesia. It was spectacular. Craftours certainly knows how to run a tour. We stayed in a first class resort and took day trips from there. We did lots of sight seeing, sewing, and eating the delicious Indonesian food! This is the third trip that I have taken with them. In all of them the accommodations were first class, the organization exceptional, and on each trip the local guides that were arranged have been awesome....so much planning, knowledge and information has gone into these trips and I recommend them highly."
Bonnie Hunter - I’ve been honored and blessed to have been traveling with Craftours over the past several years as a teacher, lecturer and as a tour escort. The attention to detail and organization of every aspect of the tours from travel logistics, to lodging, activities and highlights are unsurpassed. Be it a cruise, a land tour or other excursion, be prepared for phenomenal itineraries, first class accommodations, knowledgeable and engaging tour guides, and even fabulous and fun bus drivers (land tour) who will give you the trip of a life time. This is the stuff that travel dreams are made of. These are memories that will last a life time. The folks I have met while traveling with Craftours have become friends for life. There are Sew Many Places to see! There are Sew Many Places to discover!
Kaye England - "I consider myself very lucky to have traveled with Craftours. I have seen China, Italy, Bali, Africa, Australia, Ireland, England, Scotland and sailed the seas all while looking at things through a "Quilters Eye". All of the trips have exceeded my expectations with great attention to the details. I have met wonderful people, seen wonderful sites and made a lifetime of memories on our quilting tours. Craftours has a tremendous focus on hotels, food and tour guides which makes the trip memorable for all. I recommend a trip with Craftours as a delightful way to see the world."
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, 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 the 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!"