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There's nothing like sitting next to a warm fire in winter in a cosy room decorated with warm colours and in good company to do some knitting. A cup of cocoa, herbal tea or warm coffee and a few home-made cakes makes the moment special.

In red below you will see a list of knitting holidays and workshops that we have organised:

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Active holidays in Bulgaria
At JMB Active wWe organise active holidays in Bulgaria where you can combine knitting with other outdoor, sports, nature activities as well as arts & crafts, health and gastronomical activities.

Knitting holiday
JMB Active specialises in cultural holidays in Bulgaria. As a registered tour operator we can act as your travel agent to organise hotel, transport, entertainment, visits and activities.

We have also organised a Women's Tour of Bulgaria that brought together Dutch women with local Bulgarian fiber artists to enjoy together knitting and other traditional Bulgarian fiber arts.

Traditional Bulgarian knitting
Bulgaria has a long tradition of knitting and fiber arts. In villages most young women are taught how to knit by their mothers and grandmothers. To this day knitting is still actively practiced by several generations. Women use different techniques of knitting with two needles as well as one and five hooks.

Each region in Bulgaria has its own specific patterns and colours. With the abundance of wool the mountainous region around Apriltsi has always been a centre for knitting. It has a rich knitting culture that has been maintained to this day. Apriltsi is one of the best places to discover Bulgarian knitting techniques, colours and patterns. It is also a great way to meet local women and see Bulgaria from the inside.

Knitting therapy
Knitting is a great way to take your mind off your worries and immerse yourself in the creation of something useful. It helps relieve stress and put your mind at rest. Like sleep it has a healing effect that benefits the whole body. In company of other knitters it is easy to relax and open conversations about a wide variety of subjects. It is a good way to meet new friends that share a common passion.

You can learn Bulgarian knitting techniques to:

  • make traditional Bulgarian socks that will keep you warm in winter
  • enhance the appearance of your clothes with lace or knitted material
  • produce warm jumpers and scarves for winter
  • create baby clothes for new-borns
  • make personalised presents for birthdays
  • knit a completely original piece of clothing for yourself

We can also show you how to weave thread manually in the traditional way to produce thick or thin thread. This technique has been passed down from generation to generation.

And we can teach you how to dye wool with natural herbal dyes in the traditional way to produce astonishing pastels.

Each workshop is structured and can be adapted to meet the requirements of an individual or a group. We provide needles and yarn. We can show you how to read diagrams so you can continue to expand your range of knitting skills afterwards by using public resources such as the internet.

Our tutors are passionate about knitting. Many have been taught very young by their grandma's and are now perpetuating this art. For each technique we have a different tutor to offer specialist advice.

Where and when
The knitting workshops are open to everybody, all levels and all ages. They regularly bring together three generations of knitters. The workshops are available all year round. We also organise special knitting events where we invite a guest tutor who can demonstrate a new technique.

Contact us
For additional information about knitting workshops and events please contact us or click on the red links below.

We have organised knitting and fiber arts workshops to help foreigners learn traditional Bulgarian fiber art techniques.

We have also organised events to dessiminate Bulgarian knitting techniques for sock knitting and design knitting.

Bulgarian knitting and fiber arts
JMB Active actively supports and promotes talented knitters and fiber artists. Our aim is to maintain Bulgaria's rich fiber art heritage. We seek to increase the awareness for all Bulgarian fiber arts techniques: weaving, tartans, traditional Bulgarian embroidery designs and felting.

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One day knitting Discover the pleasure of knitting
Knitting weekend Weekend knitting workshop
Crochet weekend Learn crochet and lace making
Five-hook knitting weekend Add originality to your creations
Bulgarian socks knitting Knit your own socks for winter

General information

Location Apriltsi and different regions in Bulgaria
Dates available All year round

Package content

Included Needles and yarn
Optional Your own needles
Excluded Take comfortable clothes

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