Lynn Hulse specialises in historic needlework, c. 1200-1920 and lectures regularly at conferences, museums, galleries and other institutions across the UK, Ireland and North America. If you are interested in booking her for a talk (in person or via zoom), click on this link to email:


Forthcoming lectures include:


The Arts Society, Goring-on-Thames 

 27 October 2021


May Morris (1862-1938); Art & Life

Younger daughter of William Morris and the pre-Raphaelite muse Jane Burden, May Morris was one of the leading figures of the Arts and Crafts movement and a major exponent of art embroidery. Lynn Hulse discusses the work of this pioneering British craftswoman, scholar, socialist and feminist, whose achievements continue to inspire today. 

Image:  Scrapbook cover, design attributed to May Morris,  c. 1890s. 

Lutterworth Stitchers, Lutterworth 

22 September 2022


William Morris and the Royal School of Art Needlework’s display at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, 1876 


This lecture explores William Morris’s collaboration with the RSAN, including designs such as Peacock & Vine and Honeysuckle, exhibited at the Philadelphia Centennial in 1876. Morris’s designs enjoyed critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic and contributed to the RSAN’s growing reputation among Britain’s leading decorative art furnishers during the last quarter of the nineteenth century.


Image: William Morris, 'Design for a wall-hanging' (Honeysuckle, 1875), printed in Letitia Higgin, Handbook of Embroidery (London, 1880).