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

Sarah Thursfield​

Sarah Thursfield

United Kingdom

Sarah can’t remember learning to sew – she absorbed the basics from family members by making dolls’ clothes and toys. Sarah studied for her City and Guilds Fashion (Parts I & II) in the early 1980s and started making clothing for re-enactment. It was here that she discovered her passion for reproducing historic garments. Sarah’s hand sewing is among the best in the business and as a pattern cutter, she can reproduce the essential shapes of any era. Sarah’s book “The Medieval Tailor’s Assistant” is a world best-seller in its subject.

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Sarah's knowledge of costume is phenomenal. Being in her presence is like stepping back in time.

Sarah's Festival Workshop

Lady Anne's Costume dress construction day

5-6 July 2021

This class is aimed at anybody who wants to understand the practicalities of Jacobean women’s dress, whether to extend their own knowledge from visual or theoretical history or as a first step towards re-creating their own outfit. What were the key garments worn by everybody from Lady Anne Clifford to her washerwoman? Who made them, where did the materials come from, and how did they combine to produce the look of the time? We shall look at contemporary sources and modern reproduction garments, and lots of books and pictures. This is a theory class only, there will be no practical application.

Please note that this workshop will take place outside of Appleby and will require use of the shuttle bus

Practical information

Length: 2 days
Level: All levels

Class fee: £390
Kit: N/A

Techniques: 
This is a theory class about garment history. There will be no practical application

Equipment required:
None

Samplers with Seams

8-9 July 2021

Students will work samples of their choice of plain and decorative seams as used on linen garments – shirts, shifts, coifs and other accessories – in the 16th and 17th Century.

Please note that this workshop will take place outside of Appleby and will require use of the shuttle bus

Practical information

Length: 2 days
Level: All levels

Class fee: £390
Kit: £20

Kit Includes:
Remnants of linens and a selection of threads; illustrated instructions for all techniques

Techniques:
Felling, Oversewing and Backstitch, Pulled-thread bands, Insertion Stitches and simple Needlelace

Equipment required:
None

Design size:
N/A