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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 May 2022 Festival Workshops

Jacobean Peacock

Aus/NZ Timezone: 12-15 May 2022 (7-10am UK time)
This class will be prioritised for students in AUS/NZ timezones. 

The ‘Jacobean Peacock’, created from a design in Phillipa’s own collection, embraces 14 rich colours, 12 interesting
stitches plus 6 variations of ‘quick and easy’ laid and couched work.

Perfect your Long & Short ‘soft shading’, enjoy Coral Stitch and learn where to use crewel stitches on your own designs.

Practical information

Length: 4 days
Level: Intermediate

Class fee: £650 including kit

Kit Includes: Pre-printed fabric, embroidery wool, beads, needles and full-size stitch chart, gift box.

Design size: 27cm x 38cm (10.5 x 15 in.)

Linen size: 43 x 52cm (17 x 20 in.)

Equipment required: 10 inch hoop on seat or floor frame or slate frame.

Techniques: Crewel work techniques

American Rose

UK timezone: 9-10 May 2022 (9am-3pm UK time)

N.American timezone: 7-8 May 2022 (4-10pm UK time)

American Rose is a replica of the rose featured on an 18th Century American petticoat panel in Phillipa’s antique needlework collection. These petticoat panels were stitched to the front of a skirt. It is not signed, but uses the same stitches, techniques and direction of stitch as an embroidered bed cover dated and signed ‘Mary Breed aged 19, 1770’ now in the Metropolitan Museum.

Course outline:
Day 1: Fine wools, technique, creating the sepals and stems, Long & Short Buttonhole with ‘soft shading’, Long-Armed Cross Stitch and Crewel Stem.
Day 2: Romanian Stitched petals with Bull Knotted centres, Romanian Couching creates the base layer of the hill, then strawberries in Long and Short Buttonhole, Seeding with Feather stitched leaves.

Practical information

Length: 2 days
Level: All Levels

Class fee: £395 including kit

Kit Includes: Specially dyed Renaissance fine 2 ply crewel wools, 2 gold-plated crewel needles, stitch chart, fully illustrated instructions, actual size poster, gift box.

Design size: 21 x 21 cm (8½ x 8½ in.)

Linen size: 40x 40 cm (15 x 15 in )

Equipment required: 10 inch hoop on seat or floor frame or slate frame

Techniques: American crewel work stitches and stitches combined.

Phillipa's Past Festival Workshops

Elizabethan Scrolls

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

Time Zone 1: 18-20 January

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.

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.