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Historically inspired design and stitch

Ornamental Embroidery specialises in the teaching and designing of historic hand embroidery, and runs workshops in museums, art galleries and historic houses. Students are introduced to the history of embroidered textiles and design through lectures and firsthand study of original examples, and are trained in a variety of stitch techniques (canvas, crewel, gold work, silk shading, blackwork and raised work). All of the projects undertaken are informed by detailed object-based research. Our aim is to help students actively engage with history by re-creating past practice, using appropriate materials and stitch techniques in order to appreciate the society, economy and culture of earlier periods.  

Stop press! Ornamental Embroidery will be teaching at the Victoria and Albert Museum in January 2020. Booking is now open for this course. For more information, go to our workshops page.