English Embroidery: Jacobean blackwork 

Lynn Hulse and Nicola Jarvis, Blythe House & Maker Studio, V&A Museum

Thursday, 24 – Friday, 25 January 2019, 10.30-16.30

We will be returning to the Victoria and Albert Museum in January 2019 for another two-day course exploring objects from the textile collection at the renowned Clothworkers Centre, Blythe House. Taking inspiration from early seventeenth-century clothing accessories, embroider a panel or cushion cover decorated with scrolling flowers and leaves in the style of early seventeenth-century blackwork using silk thread on a linen ground, specially handwoven for the workshop by Roisin Aiston of the Ulster Folk Museum.  

Booking will open through the V&A shortly.

Celtic Revival Embroidery 

Booking has now opened for our five-day intensive Celtic Revival embroidery workshop at the prestigious Arts Club of Chicago

Sunday, 17 - Friday, 22 March 2019

The workshop takes as its inspiration the work of the Donegal Industrial Fund, a philanthropic organisation set up in 1883 to market Irish textiles through exhibitions and bazaars for the benefit of rural workers. The Fund was renowned for its production of a new kind of needlework known as ‘Kells embroidery’ in which the designs were adapted from early Irish manuscripts like the Book of Kells and Book of Durrow. Characteristic features of this style include interlace, knot work, spirals, crosses, key patterns, zoomorphics and plant forms. 

Course attendees will have a choice of two stitch projects worked either on silk or Irish linen (cream, navy or green), specially woven for the project by one of Ulster’s three remaining linen mills:

  • You will make a hexagonal-shaped etui box decorated with animal and bird motifs drawn from early Irish illuminated manuscripts. The decoration will be worked in linen or silk thread using a variety of surface stitches associated with the Donegal Industrial Fund, including Satin Stitch, Buttonhole Stitch, Laid Work, Couching and Point Croisé.


  • Nicola will hand-draw your bespoke Celtic Irish initial, which you will work in a range of silk and metal thread techniques, including Stem Stitch, Split Stitch, Satin Stitch and Couching, in order to evoke this ancient style. Richly coloured French silks and British made gold threads will be used to adorn your shimmering initial. When the embroidery is completed, there is the option to have it made up into a beautiful, fully lined evening purse.

Workshop includes:

  • Five-day embroidery workshop in a private room at The Arts Club of Chicago
  • Kit, including linen or silk fabric ground, threads, needles and instruction booklet
  • Lunch daily at the club
  • Memorable Welcome and Farewell Dinners 
  • Visit to the Art Institute of Chicago with Lynn and Nicola

Cost: $2,300 per person

To find out more about the course and to book a place, visit

Celtic Revival tablecloth, late nineteenth century, detail. Private Collection.

Inspired by Paycocke’s

Lynn Hulse, School of Textiles, 14 Market Hill, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1TS

Friday, 10 - Saturday, 11 May 2019, 10.00 – 16.30

Join Lynn for an authoritative introduction to historic stitch techniques. You will embroider an Elizabethan-style cushion cover inspired by the Tudor wool merchant’s house and garden at Paycocke’s (National Trust) in Coggeshall. Choose from one of two stitch techniques:

  • Working in silk and metal threads on a fine linen ground you will use a variety of surface stitches, including long & short, satin, stem and split, French knot, couching and plaited braid stitch;


  • Working in wools on a handwoven linen ground you will use a variety of canvas work stitches, including tent and ‘Elizabethan ground’ stitch.

Suitable for beginners and intermediate stitchers

Cost: £150.00

The workshop includes refreshments and a visit to Paycocke’s, see

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