Thank You for your Interest in Bohemian Bonfire. October 20-22, 2017
This workshop features the accomplished Teachings of ROBIN DUDLEY-HOWES.
You are invited to join us in Beautiful Maggie Valley, NC
the closest airport is (AVL) Asheville NC about 45 mins. away
there are several options for accommodations (suggestions found at the bottom of this page)
***it is highly recommended that you secure accommodations as soon as possible
Maggie Valley is a tiny town with a HUGE seasonal draw...
     THE FALL SPLENDOR of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  October is "LEAF PEEPER"
Season.  TRUST accommodations first.

Summary of Events.
   (detailed itinerary, times, address etc. will be provided after you have registered)

October 20, 2017 Friday evening BONFIRE SOCIAL.  unwind with us.  relax by the FIRE cocktail in hand and get to know your fellow Artisians.  Smores fix everything and We might have a Secret Guest presenting HER own optional make and take...more details after reservations are made

 Day 1.  in this workshop Robin will teach you the leather cutting and machine sewing techniques She used to construct this Vintage inspired trinket purse. 
you will set rivets and eyelets and install the closure mechanism. Next, Robin will demonstrate her hand knotting process to form your own necklace cord to dangle your Relics Reliquary.
Student will need to bring:  BASIC TOOL KIT...chain nose, round nose pliers, wire cutters, scissors,
also...bead mat or cloth, small clip board or KDIA board for laying out and containing beads.
small eyelet setter and hammer if you have one.  EXTRA charms, baubles, jewels to personalize your creation.
Kit fee $25:  

Pre cut leather and straps, frame, prepped nylon cord, 25-30 Czech Picasso 6mm beads (dusty turquoise or neutral color options), quality brass focal charms and vintage style chatelaine fob made in the USA, vintage charms, buttons and lace (will vary),  ribbon closures, 2 tulip filigree cord covers, crochet flower, antique doll arm, crystal, chain, jump rings, eyelet, wire, lobster clasp, rivet brads, charm holder.

Day 2. In This WORKSHOP, Robin takes the foundations of bookmaking into the Miniature World, Binding this mini Memoir from scratch.
You will be molding, stamping and embossing Apoxie Clay and applying Robin's Antique Leather Look.  Finished size...2X2 with 1/2 inches spine. excluding tassel.

Student will need to bring : BASIC TOOL KIT.(as above) plus..bead cloth, metal embossing wheel if you have one, 1/8 " hole punch, heat gun, jewels, charms, chain(if you want your book to be a necklace) baubles, lace or other items to personalize your BOHEMIAN MEMOIR.
Kit Fee: $25
Kit Contains:
***most items you see in the sample..excluding chain/necklace portion

3 day Event $475.00


You may very well want to spend more time in ROMANTIC ASHEVILLE area.
KNOWN FOR ITS LAID BACK, BOHO, HIPPIE VIBE, melting pot of Artistic Antique Treasures.

The Duchess will be organizing the following options.

   Monday Oct. 23.  Blue Ridge Road Trip.   you will be Guided on a leisurely Journey up to the BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY.  we will stop at Breathtaking scenic overlooks for Panoramic Views of the most SPECTACULAR Fall Colors you have ever seen.   There will be waterfalls to discover and picnic lunch...
transportation is limited and on a first come first serve basis
if you have a car you are welcome to follow
$25 for lunch and gas  this option available after you have registered for event.
  request at

Tues. Oct 24.   Southern Style Antiquing.  I know all the GOOD PLACES.
   this is an all day event. good shoes and hand wipes recommended.
   we will visit a BARN and a warehouse full of VINTAGE TREASURES with a lunch on your own
stop in between.   if time allows...a visit to the RIVER ARTS DISTRIC.
no charge
transportation is limited, first come first serve. you can follow in your own car,  available after you have registered for event.
request at

Weds. Oct 25.  free day...I highly recommend a visit to BILTMORE CASTLE secure tickets at

or shop downtown Asheville...minx Boutique,TOPS SHOES, MAST General Store, Urban Decay, Anthropology...just to name a few.

Thurs. Oct.26. 
Join us at the Country Living Fair in Atlanta, Georgia, October 27-29, 2017

secure your tickets at...

The plan is to drive 3 scenic hours South to Atlanta. Spend this evening in a nearby Hotel and SHOP the handmade Country Living Fair Friday.  I go every year! it is totally worth the drive.

price of transportation to be determined by people interested in this trip.

***if you have a rental car and plan to follow will need to return it in Atlanta.

CLF is held at HISTORIC Stone Mountain PARK

you will need to secure your own Atlanta Hotel ( ill have suggestions) and ride to the Atlanta Airport  to fly home.

suggested Maggie Valley Hotels...

suggestions only there are many options in West Asheville, which is still close to the Event Location.

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