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Phillipa Turnbull​

Phillipa Turnbull

United Kingdom

Phillipa Turnbull is an experienced embroidery designer, tutor and lecturer. She has been producing beautiful embroidery kits and running historic needlework tours and retreats for over 20 years. Her designs are based on, or replicas of, the original crewel work she finds in museums, British castles and country houses, which she has spent her career researching.

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If you’re new to crewel work, or a seasoned fan, join Phillipa for a fun and confidence-boosting class!

Phillipa's 2022 Festival Workshops

Elizabethan Scrolls

Time Zone 2: Offered as a two part workshop – 15-16 January (Part 1), 22-23 January (Part 2)

Time Zone 1: 18-20 January – 2 places remaining

This design is based on an original antique petticoat edge from Phillipa’s antique crewel work collection. The design was originally used as popular pattern for silk embroidered Elizabethan coifs, but 100 years later was used in this larger scale for the design for this late 17th Century crewel work. 

Using the original design as a template, Phillipa uses a wide range of crewel work stitches, colours and techniques.

The scale of this design is much larger than the scale of the Elizabethan stitched coifs, and therefore an ideal introduction to Elizabethan designs.

Practical information

Length: 3 or 4 days
Level: All Levels

Class fee: £540 including kit

Kit Includes: Ground fabric of Jacobean line twill, Appletons Wools, 4 needles, stitch instruction booklet, stitch chart and an A4 colour poster.

Design size: 22 x 27.5cm (9 x 11 in)

Linen size: 43x 47cm (17 x 18 1/2 in)

Equipment required: 10 or 8 inch hoop on a Seat Frame base/floor frame/table clamp or tightly mounted on a slate frame.

Techniques: Laid and Couched Work, Long and Short as ‘short shading’, Reversed Chain, Raised Satin, Satin, Crewel Stem, Closed Fly Stitches and French Knots.

May 2022 Workshop

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

Phillipa's Past Festival Workshops

Burghley House Bedhead

Originally offered as part of the May 2021 Festival. Now available to stream as an online self-paced course.

This design features classic crewel work stitches and techniques of the mid 18th Century, when the original embroideries were created.

Burghley House was built for Sir William Cecil, later 1st Baron Burghley, who was Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I of England, between 1555 and 1587, and modelled on the privy lodgings of Richmond Palace. Since 1961, it has been owned by a charitable trust established by the family, who have given Phillipa permission to use this design for our workshop. A percentage of the sale of each kit will donate towards the upkeep of the textile collection at Burghley house.

Muncaster Oranges

Originally offered as part of the May 2021 Festival. Now available to stream as an online self-paced course.

This beautiful design is taken from a bed cover which, to this day, is still in its original place on a Jacobean four-poster bed in Muncaster Castle, in the English Lake District. It is early 18th Century, from the reign of Queen Anne, and features spot motifs typical of this era.

The stitches are classic British crewel embroidery, worked to a sophisticated and professional standard, combining advanced ‘Long and Short’ soft shading stitches worked with movement and subtle shading in rich colours.