Saga Cruises has announced that renowned sugarcrafter Frances McNaughton will return on board Saga Sapphire in December to offer a new programme of workshops.

“Passengers find it is a relaxing, hands-on environment and a place to meet new friends as well as making sugarcraft models including birds, animals, shoes and bags,” said Frances. “On my last 14-night cruise the mini workshops were so popular I ended up doing 16 classes to accommodate everyone. I loved it.”

Renowned sugarcrafter Frances McNaughton will return on board Saga Cruises’ Saga Sapphire

Frances is one of the UK’s most talented sugarcrafters and her props have been used in the smash-hit films Notting Hill, Harry Potter, Chocolat, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Gulliver’s Travels.

The tutor and author of international bestsellers is a favourite on Saga Cruises‘ ships and she will be back by passengers’ demand on board Saga Sapphire’s Canary Island Medley cruise in December.

Frances will give demonstrations on modelling with sugar paste, marzipan and chocolate. She will be joined by textile crafters Mandy Shaw and Kate Wollaston who will show guests how to make beautiful handmade items which can be taken home as gifts.

Mandy, who describes herself as a ‘maker of all things lovely’, has contributed to many of TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp’s shows – in front of the camera, behind the scenes and in her books. On Saga Sapphire, Mandy will share her passion for textile-based crafts and haberdashery.

Kate is a mixed media textile artist who uses vintage and everyday textiles to create new works. Her fascination with remnants of the past helps her to produce unique pieces and she will offer creative inspiration to help guests make individual pieces of mixed media embroidery.

As well as ‘getting crafty’ on this all-inclusive cruise, passengers can enjoy the winter sun on the Canary Islands itinerary with calls to Funchal, Madeira; Santa Cruz, La Palma; Santa Cruz, Tenerife; Las Palmas, Gran Canaria; Arrecife, Lanzarote and La Coruña, Spain.

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