Jacqui Carey

Kate Barlow

United Kingdom

Kate loves to design her own embroidery kits using traditional techniques in a contemporary way. She also likes to combine her embroidery with her love of historical dress, creating kits based on original pieces. Her classes can cover all levels of ability, from absolute beginners to more advanced stitchers and her style of delivery leads to a very calm atmosphere conducive to deep learning.

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Kate's 2022 Festival Workshops

Blackwork Coif

Time Zone 1: 18-20 January – SOLD OUT

This design takes a wild strawberry, hazelnut, pea pod and columbine as the central motifs, all linked together with scrolling Elizabethan plaited braid work. The counted blackwork patterns are worked in silk floss with a stem stitch outline bordering each element. Details are added in gilt passing thread using Elizabethan spider’s webs, Elizabethan Ceylon stitch, Elizabethan looped edging and more Elizabethan plaited braid. The wild strawberry is worked in detached corded buttonhole needlelace.
This design is replicated from a 16th century Blackwork Coif in the Shakespeare’s Birthplace TrustThe SBT is the independent charity that cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon, and promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times all over the world. A percentage of each sale supports the work of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon and vital care and conservation of The Shakespeare Houses and the treasures in the Trust’s Collection, including the original coif which inspired this design.

Practical information

Length: 3 days
Level: Intermediate 

Class fee: £540

Kit Includes: Evenweave linen, black silk thread, gilt smooth passing, tapestry needle, chenille needle. Also includes spare fabric and thread to practise the needlelace and braid

Techniques: Blackwork

Design size: 
17 x 5 cm approx (6¾ x 2 in)

Linen size: 27 x 26 cm (10½ x 10 in)

Equipment requirements: 8 inch embroidery hoop, embroidery and goldwork scissors, mellor or laying tool, lights and magnifier. 

May 2022 Workshop

Kate will be offering a class during our May 2022 event. More details to follow soon!

Kate's Past Festival Workshops

Little Elizabethan Stork

UK Time Zone: 6-8 May 2021

US Time Zone: 14-16 May 2021

Using beautiful silk floss threads you will create this little stork that has been inspired by a pair of embroidered 17th century gauntlet gloves in the V&A museum in London. He stands on a hillock of blue laidwork and is surrounded by silk flowers, gilt tendrils and gilt cutwork leaves. Tiny spangles are added for extra sparkle before adding a frame of looped and cutwork corner decorations.