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

Meredith Hahn Willett​

Meredith Hahn Willett

United States

Meredith began stitching when she was 6 years old when her best friend’s mother taught her how to embroider. She is passionate about needlework of all types but is known for her mastery of canvaswork. Meredith began researching historic needlework in Britain over 10 years ago and has co-hosted with Phillipa several Lady Anne’s Retreats in the UK and Ireland over those years. She is an admirer of the work of Phoebe Anna Traquair and has researched and lectured on her work for many years.

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Meredith’s mastery of craft and her passion for teaching is endlessly impressive. She is undoubtedly one of the finest tutors in the world.

Meredith's Festival Workshops

17th Century Scottish Posy

5-6 July 2021

This circular floral design is replicated 17th Century ‘Waistcoat’ that was recently discovered by the family at Dunollie Castle, Scotland. Students will use conservation silk to work the flowers and leaves and metal threads for the stems, materials very similar to those used on the original.

Practical information

Length: 2 days
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Class fee: £390
Kit: £150

Kit Includes:
Linen ground fabric, De Vere silks, gold thread, needles

Techniques: 
Gold work and Silk Embroidery

Equipment required: 
8 inch embroidery hoop with paddle or barrel clamp, embroidery scissors, metal thread scissors, light and magnifier

Design size:
15.2 cm² (6 in²)

Linen size:
35.5 x 35.5 cm (14 x 14 in)

Tartan Needlepoint

8-9 July 2021

A fun class during which you will create a square of tartan in your own colours, ready to finish as a coaster or similar.

Practical information

Length: 2 days
Level: Beginner

Class fee: £390
Kit: £30

Kit Includes:
13 count canvas with painted initial, wool threads, 1 spool of gold Kreinin Metalic, tapestry needles

Extras: 
Leather coasters for finishing at home can be pre-ordered

Techniques: 
Needlepoint

Equipment required:
30 cm² (8 in²) stretcher bars, embroidery scissors, light and magnifier

Design size:
10 cm² (4 in²)

Linen size:
30.3 x 30.3 cm (8 x 8 in on 13 x 13 in mesh)

Mary Queen of Scots Inspired Needlepoint Medallion

11-13 July 2021

This symmetrical, painted design is inspired by a section of a wall hanging held in the needlework collection at Oxburgh Hall. Students will learn advanced canvaswork techniques including

Practical information

Length: 3 days
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Class fee: £585
Kit: £150

Kit Includes:
hand-painted 18 count canvas, beads, metallics, rayons, over-dyed silk and cottons  threads, 24 Tapestry needle, 22 Tapestry needle, #10 Short beading needle, beading thread, wax

Techniques: 
Needlepoint and Raised Embroidery

Equipment required: 
28 cm² (11 in²) stretcher bars, embroidery scissors, metal thread scissors, light and magnifier

Design size:
16.7 cm² (6½ in²)

Linen size:
28 x 28 cm (11 x 11 in)

Shakespeare's 17th Century Roundel

15-16 July 2021

This circular design, which replicates a section  of the breast panel from a 17th Century ladies bodice held in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Collection in Stratford Upon Avon, features an floral motif of trailing stems and leaves worked in coloured silk and metal threads, with metal spangles.

Practical information

Length: 2 days
Level: Intermediate

Class fee: £390
Kit: £150

Kit Includes:
Evenweave linen, silk threads, gold threads, needles

Techniques: 
Elizabethan Goldwork and Silk Embroidery

Equipment required: 
8 inch embroidery hoop with paddle or barrel clamp, embroidery scissors, metal thread scissors, light and magnifier

Design size:
20.2 cm² (8 in²)

Linen size:
40.6 x 40.6 cm (16 x 16 in)