Embroidery Tour in England!

I am so excited! For years I’ve wanted to take a course on embroidery from someone who was an expert. Someone who will challenge me and move me ahead in my work. On October 12 in Burford, England at the Burford Needlecraft shop I am finally going to do just that!

The one day course will be taught by Phillipa Turnbull. She is well renowned for her historical research, creating crewel work kits based on that research and her fascinating lectures on unusual and rarely seen stitches. Her work includes a commission to recreate a lost bed cover for the Queen Mother when the original was discovered missing from Glamis Castle in 1950. She spent over 600 hours on research, design and stitching and the bedspread was presented to the Queen Mother on her 100th birthday.

In addition to all that excitement, my husband and I have decided to do an embroidery tour of the Northern part of England. We have three wonderful excursions planned. First we will visit Durham Cathedral to see St. Cuthbert’s maniple and stole, a piece of Anglo Saxon embroidery.

Then we will go to meet Tracy Franklin at her workshop in Fowlers Yard. I am hoping to take a class from her in gold work…

Traveling south we will arrive at Kendal to visit the amazing Quaker Tapestry Museum and Exhibition Centre.

The Quaker Tapestry is the brain child of Anne Wynn-Wilson, depicting Quakerism from the 17th century to the present. There are 77 panels which make up this amazing work and they are housed in Cumbria, one of the most beautiful parts of England.

Along the way we plan to enjoy the delicious food in England and the lovely fall weather. We’ll also be visiting friends and I’m sure a few needlework shops as well!

The adventure begins as soon as we wake up in Dover after coming across on the ferry the night before. On the morning of October 10, we will drive to London from Dover to attend the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace where we are both looking forward to meeting Carol and John from Pearsall’s Embroidery in Wales.

The trip is planned for October 10- 23rd during our fall break at school. I’ll be posting as we travel so you can come along with me and enjoy the sites!

19 thoughts on “Embroidery Tour in England!

  1. ……*dribble*………

    oh you lucky thing!

    The whole adventure sounds fabulous.

    I’ve just looked through the one and two day courses at Fowler’s Yard. I’d never seen that site before – only knew of Tracey Franklin as an author.

    I want to spend a week there! Lucky you doing a day! Looking forward to photos!

    I’d also love to see some closeup pictures of the Queen Mother’s/Phillipa Turnbull’s crewel work spread. I hope that some are published in a book at some point.

    That would be fantastic to see in detail! The construction and material descriptions given in the newsarticle are fascinating but the design description is such a tease!

    • Hi Alison,
      Thanks for the link to Ruth O’Leary’s site! I’ve just spent a very happy hour looking at her wonderful work!

  2. Take lots of pictures … sure would love to see one of you with your teachers!!

    How exciting for you — I’ll have to live vicariously through your travels.

    I was happy to be touring in Israel back in March 2010 but no time for much shopping … certainly not to stitching shops, etc.

    Then off for 2 weeks in Karlsruhe, DE … and my dear friend made sure to take me for a wet felting class and that was grand fun — still haven’t embroidered the ‘cat’!

    I know you’ll have much fun and learn a lot!

    Gentle as you go,

  3. How fabulous!

    I’m sure you’ll have a fantastic time. The courses sound marvellous …. I am green with envy but look forward to seeing your photos 🙂

    You also have a very understanding husband; hope he doesn’t get too bored 🙂


  4. Hi Kathy

    I am also doing Phillipa Turnball’s class at Burford – so I can’t wait to meet you. I really enjoy your daily newsletters!!

    Best wishes

  5. Tracy Franklin is a great teacher, and the Quaker Tapestry Museum had even my non-stitching husband spellbound. You’ve got a fantastic few days lined up there!

  6. Hi Kathy,

    Sounds like an embroiderer’s “voyage de rêve” (dream trip! Will be following your postings with interest. Such a great opportunity to learn with Philippa and to be inspired by work done in day’s gone by (Durham). Fabulous!

  7. PS It would be GREAT if you could get in to see some of the manufacturing work done by Benton & Johnson – or at least to see their collection of metal threads and so forth … it would be an interesting addendum to your goldwork course! Just a thought, though you might not be able to squeeze it in this time….


    • Funny you should say that! I discovered last week that the gold work shop of Benton and Johnson is only 45 minutes away from where we’re staying so OF COURSE we’re going! Watch for a post about the visit – this one even Steve is excited to see since the process is so interesting.

  8. it all sounds wonderful. God’s grace as you get to go on such a wonderful adventure with your husband.
    terri sue

  9. Hi there (new commenter de-lurking). What a fantastic agenda! The people at Benton and Johnson are really nice, and unbelievably helpful.

    I’m going to the Knitting and Stitching Show on the 10th too, really looking forward to it.

  10. I’m really looking forward to your postings on your tour. I’ve been following Ruth O’Leary’s progress on St Cuthbert’s Banner – maybe you could arrange to see how she is progressing. I’ve read about Phillipa Turnbull and am so envious! Have a great time.

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