Among the textiles on display in the Red Tapestry Drawing Room, is a set of late eighteenth-century ‘Gobelin’ tapestries depicting scenes from the story of Amyntas and Silvia.

Inspired by the flora and fauna depicted in the borders, students will embroider an image of a pheasant, suitable for a cushion cover or picture panel, using a variety of surface stitches in fine crewel wools on a linen ground.

Maximum 14 places, suitable for beginners.

About ornamental embroidery

Ornamental Embroidery runs a series of one, two and three day workshops in historic and commercial venues across the UK. Students are introduced to the history of embroidered textiles and design through lectures and first hand study of original examples, and are trained in a variety of stitching techniques, including canvas, crewel, gold work, silk shading, blackwork and raised work.

Founded by Lynn Hulse (textile historian) and Nicola Jarvis (designer), Ornamental Embroidery works closely with museums, art galleries and other institutions as well as private collectors to create an artistic range of kits and individual designs inspired by objects from their collections, using wherever possible historically accurate fabric grounds and threads in a variety of stitching techniques.To find out more about our kits and workshops, see

Dr Lynn Hulse has focused on embroidered textiles since 2004 and has lectured and written extensively on the subject. Former Archivist at the Royal School of Needlework, she is Editor of Text (the journal of The Textile Society), Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and Trustee of the Brangwyn Gift at the William Morris Gallery. She is currently writing a book on the development of Art Embroidery in the second half of the 19th century.

Nicola Jarvis is a fine artist, embroidery designer and teacher of historic hand stitch. She completed her apprenticeship at the Royal School of Needlework in 1994 and continues to teach there. Her personal art practice is drawing based and informed by historic hand embroidery and decoration. She won the William Morris Gallery ‘Inspired by Morris’ competition in 2010 and staged her solo show at the Gallery in 2013.