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 the 'What's New' page to find out more about The Needles Excellency: An exhibition of raised work by students of Ornamental Embroidery, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 25 April - 4 June 2017

Dr Alexander Sturgis, Director of the Ashmolean Museum, with Elizabeth and Micheal Feller at the opening of The Needles Excellency. Photograph: Ashmolean Museum