William Morris and the Art of Needlework

Saturdays between 2 September and 21 October 2017

Red House (National Trust) in collaboration with Ornamental Embroidery is running a series of workshops and lectures as part of its Embroidery Resurgent programme in which experts in the field will explore the development of art embroidery during the second half of the nineteenth century within the context of William Morris's decorative scheme for his first marital home, c. 1860-1865. For information on the lectures series, go to Lectures.

Booking is now open. To book, visit

Saturday, 23 September, 10.30-16.45 

Lynn Hulse, Ornamental Embroidery, The Legende of Good Wimmen 

Stitching in wools on a linen ground, this one-day workshop will explore some of the embroidery techniques used to create the series of embroideries of female figures of queens, saints and goddesses (historically linked with Chaucer's Legende of Good Wimmen) that William Morris designed for the dining room at Red House. 

Price, including materials: £45.00

Detail from Venus, designed by William Morris and worked by Janie Morris, c. 1860-1865, Red House (National Trust)

Other workshops in the series include:

9 September, 10.30-16.45: Eva-Lotta Hansson, Medieval embroidery, inspired by William Morris's passion for medieval literature and art.

7 October, 10.30-16.45: Becky Hogg, Bird embroidery inspired by Philip Webb's stained glass at Red House.

21 October, 10.30-16.45: Pippa Foulds, Crewel flora, inspired by William Morris's printed textile Windrush


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

Booking is now open for this course through the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. To book, go to

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 opens at the William Morris Gallery on 7 October 2017. 

Saturday, 6 January 2018 

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

Suitable for beginners.

Booking for this course is through the William Morris Gallery. Details will be posted on the website as soon as booking opens later this year. 

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. 

Booking for this course is through the Victoria and Albert Museum. Details will be posted on the website as soon as booking opens later this year. 


Tudor Embroidery 

Friday-Saturday, 11-12 May 2018 

Education Department, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Ornamental Embroidery tutors Lynn Hulse and Nicola Jarvis will be running a two-day course at the Ashmolean Museum inspired by the Tudor pattern book, MS Ashmole 1504. The workshop will include a visit to the Bodleian Library to see the original manuscript. 

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.