Margot l'Escargot

Timezone 2 (4-10pm UK time): 3 May (2 hour prep session), 10 May (day 1), 17 May (day 2), 24 May (day 3)

Timezone 2 (4-10pm UK time): 3 May (2 hour prep session), 9 May (day 1), 16 May (day 2), 23 May (day 3)

Thickly padded and embellished raised work was all the rage among English needleworkers in the 17th century. Using variations on those techniques to create the spiral shape of a snail shell and embellishing it with beautiful silks, beads, and metal threads that are available today results in a striking combination of needlework techniques.

During this 3-day intermediate-advanced level class, students will learn about high relief trapunto work, advanced couching and holding stitches, single line beading, twisting cords, and painting with gold dust onto silk

Practical information

Length: 3 days over 3 weeks (plus prep session)
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Class fee (including kit): £300

Workshop Pack Includes: Black silk ground fabric, calico, jersey fabric, templates, gold paint, felt and wool roving and all beads and threads to complete the design

Design size:
7.6 x 4.5 cm (3 x 1 3/4 in)

Fabric size: 
15.2 x 7.6 cm (6 x 3 in)

Equipment requirements:
7 or 8 inch seat frame, thimble, laying tool, jewellery pliers, beeswax, mechanical pencil, metal thread scissors, toothbrush, pins for mounting, craft glue, x-acto knife

Stumpwork, Goldwork 

Natalie's calm, friendly manner and attention to detail fills even the most novice stitcher with confidence

Jacqui Carey

Natalie Dupuis


Natalie was first introduced to needlework through a sewing class she took as a young teenager. When she later moved in with an aunt and took up needlepoint, her passion for the craft was cemented. As a trained teacher, Natalie now enjoys sharing her skill and experience with others and has transformed her needlework hobby into a thriving career, with a particular focus on the traditional art of or nué.

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Natalie's Past Festival Workshops

Couching & Colour Theory Masterclass

Originally offered as part of the May 2022 Festival. Coming soon as an online class.

Do you often wonder why certain colours work well together or how colour choice can impact overall perception of an embroidery? In this intermediate level class, students will explore colour theory from the basics of the colour wheel with its tints, tones and shades, colour schemes, Chevreul’s laws of simultaneous contrast, to mood recognition with high and low value keys, and a brief look into colour symbolism. 
During the course, students will begin work on a small sampler using Pipers silks and silver passing. All samples can be worked as one piece, or the colour wheel can be worked separately and turned into a brooch. Students will make notes as a reference point for future colour analysis.

Strawberry Delight

Originally offered as part of the January 2022 Online Festival

Strawberry Delight is a sparkling symmetrical design worked in the technique of goldwork, inspired by a motif found on a coif from the late 16th century.
Using succulent filament silks and gold metal threads, this design challenges students to attach thin layers of plate with precision spacing and then cover it with burden stitch in such a way that the strawberry retains a touch of gold and explores shading with light play. Couching of pearl purl and passing thread as well as chipping will provide the student with the opportunity to engage in small and precise needlework.