Ornamental Embroidery will lead a two-day workshop exploring crewel work techniques to create an embroidered panel inspired by the ‘Welbeck Harebells roundel’: the Arts and Crafts relief plasterwork found in Welbeck Abbey’s Print Corridor, designed by Victorian architects John Dando Sedding and Henry Wilson. A guided tour of Welbeck Abbey’s State Rooms is included within this workshop.

Participants will use a range of crewel embroidery stitches, including long and short stitch, satin stitch variations, stem stitch, twisted chain stitch, couching and various knot stitches with fine wools and silks to work the roundel on a linen ground.


Founded by Lynn Hulse (textile historian) and Nicola Jarvis (designer), Ornamental Embroidery specialises in the teaching and designing of historic hand stitch, and runs workshops in museums, art galleries and historic houses. Students are introduced to the history of embroidered textiles and design through lectures and firsthand study of original examples, and are trained in a variety of stitch techniques (canvas, crewel, gold work, silk shading, blackwork and raised work). All of the projects undertaken are informed by detailed object-based research. Our aim is to help students actively engage with history by re-creating past practice, using appropriate materials and stitch techniques in order to appreciate the society, economy and culture of earlier periods.  To find out more about our workshops, kits, publications, etc., see www.ornamentalembroidery.com

Dr Lynn Hulse has focused on embroidered textiles since 2004 and has lectured and published extensively on the subject. Former Archivist at the Royal School of Needlework (2004-2010) and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum (2015-2017), she is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. She is currently writing a book on the development of art embroidery in the nineteenth century.

Nicola Jarvis is a fine artist, embroidery designer and teacher of historic hand stitch. Celebrating twenty-five years of teaching hand embroidery, she trained at the Royal School of Needlework and then worked for ten years in the British fashion industry as a sample embroiderer for numerous high street brands.  She is proud to have been a member of the team that created the lace for the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress in 2011.

Nicola staged her collaborative exhibition ‘The Art of Embroidery: Nicola Jarvis and May Morris’, inspired by the designs of William and May Morris from July to September 2013.  With funding from Arts Council England, this popular show was invited to tour selected William Morris-linked venues in England, including National Trust property Wightwick Manor in the West Midlands and Kelmscott House, Hammersmith.