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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! Following the success of our display at all three venues of the Knitting and Stitching show 2018 we have already sold over two-thirds of our stock of The Needles Excellency: English raised embroidery, so order a copy soon to avoid disappointment. At only £10.00, the volume makes a great Christmas gift for anyone interested in hand stitching. Check out the drop down menu on our publications page to find our more about this volume and how to order a copy.