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Lady Anne’s Needlework Festival · ONLINE 3-16 MAY 2021

Booking Closed

Phillipa Turnbull​

Phillipa Turnbull

United Kingdom

Your co-host and organiser for this event, Phillipa Turnbull is also 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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The life and soul of the festival, Phillipa gives everything to her events and classes. Join her for a seriously fun and confidence-boosting class.

Phillipa's Festival Workshops

Burghley House Bedhead

Aus Time Zone: 14-16 May

UK Time Zone: 9-11 May

US Time Zone: 3-5 May – SOLD OUT

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.

Practical information

Length: 3 days
Level: Intermediate

Class fee (including kit): £540

Kit Includes: Ground fabric of ‘Z’ twist Jacobean line twill, Appletons crewel wools, 4 x needles, stitch instruction booklet, stitch chart and ‘The Essential Guide to Crewel Work’ booklet

Design size: 33 x 39.5cm (13 x 15 1/2in)

Equipment required:
8 inch ring frame with barrel clamp or paddle, embroidery scissors

Techniques: Bayeaux, Satin, Back Stitch, Long and Short as ‘soft shading’, Crewel Stem, French Knots

Muncaster Oranges

UK Time Zone: 12-13 May

US Time Zone: 6-7 May

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. 

Practical information

Length: 2 days
Level: All levels

Class fee (including kit): £370

Kit Includes: 
Ground fabric of ‘Z’ twist Jacobean line twill, Appletons crewel wools, 4 x needles, stitch instruction booklet, stitch chart and ‘The Essential Guide to Crewel Work’ booklet.

Design size: 
25.5 x 17 cm (10 x 6 1/2 in.)

Equipment required:
8 inch ring frame with barrel clamp or seat frame, embroidery scissors

Techniques: 
Long & Short ‘soft shading’, French Knots, Split Stitch, Rope Stitch