Lady Anne’s Needlework Festival · NOW ONLINE IN 2021!

Jacqui Carey

Jacqui Carey

United Kingdom

As an art student Jacqui studied weaving, braid-making and, whilst unravelling the mysteries of Kumihimo, Japanese braiding, she discovered her passion for stitches. Jacqui was awarded The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship, then gained an MA with distinction for History of Textile & Dress at The Textile Conservation Centre, England. After a chance discovery of some obsolete stitches, her interest in analysing old textiles led her to 16th & 17th century English embroidery.

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Jacqui's forensic research and knowledge of Elizabethan embroidery is legendary.

Jacqui's Festival Workshops

Strawberry Purse

8-9 July 2021

The tiny ʻstrawberryʼ purse in the Metropolitan Museum, the inspiration for this design, was originally described as crochet. Jacqui has revived the actual historic technique called ‘punto en aria’, which is an early form of needlelace, to create a replica. During the workshop, Jacqui will share her research work by discussing other surviving examples and their context.

Practical information

Length: 2 days
Level: All levels

Class fee: £390
Kit: £120

Kit Includes: 
Metallic and silk threads, needles, full colour step-by-step instruction booklet.

Techniques: 
An early form of 3D needlelace or punto in aria

Equipment required: Embroidery scissors for silk threads, embroidery scissors for metal threads

Design size: 8 x 8 cm (3¼ x 3¼ in)

Fabric size:
30 x 30 cm (12 x 12 in)

Elizabethan Sweete Bag

11-13 July 2021

A detailed investigation into one sweet bag from the V&A’s collection (accession number T.87-1935). Create a large-scale reproduction of the embroidery using authentic historic stitches. The workshop will look at the background context to the artefact, and Jacquiʼs analysis of the needlework. Her object-based research will enable students to assess the evidence, and produce their own informed version of this stunning design.

Practical information

Length: 3 days
Level: All levels

Class fee: £585
Kit: £190

Kit Includes:
Linen canvas ground fabric. Metallic and silk threads, needles, step-by-step instruction booklet with analysis details about the original artefact.

Techniques: 
Counted Work, Elizabethan Braid Stitch

Equipment required: Embroidery scissors for silk threads, embroidery scissors for metal threads

Design size: 
43 x 18.5 cm (17 x 71⁄4 in) folded in half to make a purse of 21.5 cm (8 1⁄2 in) in height

Fabric size:
58.5 x 35.5 cm (23 x 14 in)

Elizabethan Finishing

15-16 July 2021

Trimmings are the perfect complement to an Elizabethan or any other embroidery project. Learn twin edging, loop manipulation, and a range of different patterns and skills to make edgings and details, make gimp and knots and create top-knots and tassels. References to historic examples will be made throughout the workshop. Demonstration of finishing a sweet bag.

Practical info

Length: 2 days
Level: All levels

Class fee: £390
Kit: £30

Kit Includes:
Metallic, linen, cotton and silk threads, needles, full colour step-by-step instruction booklet

Techniques: 
Gold and Silk Work

Equipment required: Embroidery scissors for silk threads, embroidery scissors for metal threads