Sunday, February 25, 2024

Workshop #2 - Lavender theme

 It's been a year since I announced my first workshop. I'm so glad I did the project, as I had the most wonderful and fun times with the ladies who participated. Everyone has been a star, and it was so much fun spending a day creating things together and getting to know each other in person.  I'm particularly proud that everyone got the hang of the embroidery, even those who have never done any before!

I am excited to announce my second workshop today. The theme is lavender, and it includes patisserie, embroidery and scarf-tying.

I hope you like the new theme, and I'm looking forward to hopefully meeting many of you in person!

You can find the details below. To book, please click here.

Dates: April 27 and May 11, 18 and 25, 2024

 (The previous "Autour de l'olives" workshop can still be booked as a private class; details here)


We'll make lavender-flavoured macarons and madeleines, and you'll learn how to embroider a lavender sprig onto a table napkin. The class ends with a scarf-tying session.

The workshop begins at 10 am in the Languedoc (between Nîmes and Montpellier) and finishes at 4h30 pm. 

We start the workshop at 10am by getting together over tea or coffee. We'll then make macarons that we'll have for dessert at lunch. 

Once we've made the macarons you'll learn to embroider a decorative lavender sprig onto a linen or cotton dinner-size napkin. The embroidery stitch is adapted for beginners, and there is no worry about not having enough time to complete your creation because you will take the embroidery hoop and needle with you, as well as the thread required to finish your napkin at home. 

We'll have quiche with salad, fresh baguette, lovely French cheeses, refreshing beverages and local wine for lunch. For dessert, we'll have the macarons we made in the morning. Depending on the weather, the lunch will be alfresco in our tranquil courtyard or the lovely MaiTai Collection showroom.

After lunch, we'll be making lavender-flavoured Madeleines.

The workshop finishes with a scarf-tying tuition. Please bring a couple of your favourite scarves so we can explore various ways to wear them and how to showcase specific parts of their design. You can also ask for how-tos on specific knots. We finish the workshop by tasting our freshly baked Madeleines over coffee or tea.

Workshop kitchen


You'll take home:

• a dinner-size napkin with your embroidery and a kit that contains all necessary items to finish your creation at home (embroidery hoop, needle and floss).

• a sachet with the Macarons and Madeleines you made

• a surprise gift

What is included

• Tuition and all work materials used for the embroidery and cooking class. 

• Lunch and beverages

• Your creations and gifts, as mentioned above

• Aprons will be provided

• You'll receive a PDF with all the recipes

What is not included

• Transport

What to bring

• Please bring  a couple of your own scarves for the scarf-tying class

Group classes

The regular/group classes are limited to 4-5 persons.

Private classes

The workshop can be booked as a group lesson or private class (1-4 people).  The dates for these are flexible, and we'll arrange them via email after the booking is completed. The private classes can be held in English, German or French.


• Group classes: English  

• Private classes: English, German or French (please let me know which language you prefer) 

Travel Infos: 

Location: a small village in the Languedoc (you will receive the details after completing the booking)

By train (45min drive to the nearest train stations): 

• Nîmes, if you are coming from the North or East 

• Montpellier, if you are coming from the West or South 

A high-speed train connects Paris with Nîmes in the South of France; the travel time is 2h50. 

By air: The nearest airport is Montpellier (45min by car from the workshop's location)

Nearby favourite hotel (45 min by car): Plage Palace here

Other hotels (within 10min by car): Château de Pondres click here and L'hôtel Estelou, Sommières here

Nearby Chambre d'Hôte/Gîte (within 10min by car): Orange, Sommières here

Trip suggestions

Why not combine the workshop with a trip to the South of France and visit several places at once? Discover my favourite hotels and restaurants in Aix-en-Provence, the Camargue, Marseille and the Mediterranean Sea ... all within a 45min -1h30 drive from us. Click here or on the image below to find out more! End your trip with a visit to Paris ... whizz there in 2h50 with the TGV from the train station in Nîmes. 



  1. I don’t see s date for the workshop. I’m sure that I’m just not looking in the correct area.

    1. Hello, - the dates are on the booking site (, but I've also included them now on the blog. Many thanks for letting me know!

  2. Hi MaiTai, that sounds wonderful! I have a deep love for lavender. I thoroughly enjoyed the private workshop I attended with you in September, and I cannot express enough how much I appreciated it in front of my friends. Your kindness and encouragement during my embroidery endeavors were truly remarkable. While I would love to join your workshop again, I am unable to make any commitments at the moment due to my new job. However, I highly recommend others to join as it is a magnificent event hosted by the most elegant lady in France. Sending lots of love from Lydia in Hong Kong.

    1. We had such a fun and fabulous day together dear Lydia, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and making lovely things together. I also loved our little spin in the Cheetah; you drove her like a pro! Best of luck with your new job, and hope to see you again and catch up another time. Lots of love, also from Wiener and Roley! xx

  3. What a lovely post dearest Tai. Your embroidery works are becoming prettier and prettier and I would love to participate in one of your workshops.
    Wishing you a wonderful Spring!
    Much love, Manuela cx

    1. Thanks so much, dearest Manuela! Embroidery is so much fun; I absolutely love it. Hopefully you can participate in one of the workshops one day! Much love xx