Celtic Revival Embroidery

Friday-Saturday, 17-18 November 2017, 10.30-17.00

Education Department, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Following the success of our four-year raised work casket project, The Needles Excellency, Ornamental Embroidery tutors Lynn Hulse and Nicola Jarvis have been invited back to the Ashmolean Museum to run a three-year course inspired by the revival of interest in Celtic art and traditional crafts in nineteenth-century Britain and Ireland. Working on Irish linen, students will embroider clothing, accessories or domestic furnishings in a variety of threads and stitches using Celtic designs.

Price: £170 (£165 concession)

NB Module II dates 12-13 January 2018


To accompany the first module of this course, Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe will be giving a lecture entitled Needlework and the Celtic Revival in Ireland, c. 1888-1922 on Thursday, 16 November 2017, 13.00-14.00 in the lecture theatre at the Ashmolean. For more information, see Lectures.

Stop press: Ornamental Embroidery will be running a six-day intensive Celtic Revival embroidery workshop in Chicago in March 2019 for our American students. Details will be posted later this year.

Celtic Revival bedspread, attributed to Iona Celtic Art, late nineteenth century, detail. Private Collection.


May Morris: Designer and embroiderer

Ornamental Embroidery will be running two workshops to celebrate the exhibition May Morris: Art and Life, which opened at the William Morris Gallery on 7 October 2017. 

Saturday and Sunday, 6 - 7 January 2018 

Lynn Hulse, Introduction to the work of May Morris, William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow 

Suitable for beginners.

Places available for the workshop on Saturday, 6 January 2018. The workshop on Sunday is fully booked.

To book, telephone: 020 8496 4390

Friday-Saturday, 26-27 January 2018 

Lynn Hulse and Nicola Jarvis, Clothworkers Centre, Victoria & Albert Museum

Inpsired by the work of one of the leading exponents of the Arts and Crafts movement, embroider a cushion cover with flowers and grapes in the style of the designer/maker May Morris, using silks on a linen ground, and explore some of her needlework in the Museum's textile collection. 

Price, incl. materials £184.00



Early Tudor Needlework

Friday-Saturday, 11-12 May 2018 

Lynn Hulse and Nicola Jarvis, Education Department, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Working in silks and metal threads, stitch a floral motif inspired by the herbal and bestiary 'model book' Ashmole 1504, containing embroidery patterns dating form the early sixteenth century. The workshop will include a visit to the Bodleian Library to see the original manuscript. 

Price: £185 (£180 concession) incl. materials and study visit to Bodleian Library

Booking for this course is through the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. Details will be posted on the website as soon as booking opens. 

Page from the Tudor pattern book, MS Ashmole 1504, Bodleian Library, Oxford.