Historically inspired design and stitch.

Ornamental Embroidery specialises in teaching and designing historic hand embroidery. We work closely with museums, art galleries and other institutions as well as private collectors to create an artistic range of kits and individual designs inspired by objects from their collections, using wherever possible historically accurate fabric grounds and threads in a variety of stitching techniques. Ornamental Embroidery runs a series of half, one and two-day workshops in historic and commercial venues across the UK. Students are introduced to the history of embroidered textiles and design through lectures and first-hand study of original examples, and are trained in a variety of stitching techniques, including canvas, crewel, gold work, silk shading, blackwork and raised work.


Visit 'Workshops and Lectures' to see our programme of events for 2017-2018. 

Also visit 'Publications' for more information about two newly published books on the Arts and Crafts designer/embroiderer May Morris (1862-1938), as well as our beautiful silk work kit specially created for the exhibition May Morris: Art & Life, which has just opened at the William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, London (7 October 2017 - 28 Janaury 2018).