2 day - Hand Embroidery - Make a crewelwork cushion at Swallows & Artisans, Lake District

Duration: 2 days

Price: £150

Run by: Karen Duncan
at Swallows & Artisans

07903 324310

East of Lake
LA21 8AA

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About the Course

Come and enjoy a 2 day specialist hand embroidery workshop with Sara Dennis, our Royal School of Needlework trained tutor. While creating a beautiful cushion in grey linen with a unique elephant design you will learn a variety of Jacobean stitches using Appleton's crewel wool. This technique enjoys an element of fantasy with pink animals, blue trees and purple landscapes. Stitches combine with outrageous colours to create weird and wonderful dioramas. As a twist on the traditional Sara also incorporates designs using establised stitches with monochromes. You can decide! Stitches include: stem, split, back, satin, fly, chain, buttonhole, trellis, french knots, pistils, seeding, couching.

Sara has also designed a Crewelwork giraffe kit which will be available for purchase on the day should you wish to continue the theme.

All levels of stitchers are welcome.


After a career in nursing and the forces, Sara gained a first class degree in Art History and Museum Studies from Lancaster University, where she won an Alumni Art Prize. She graduated from the three year full-time Royal School of Needlework Future Tutor Programme in 2017 winning the Outstanding Achievement Award. Having led a peripatetic life, she has collected many experiences and influences. Now settling in Lancaster, she remains drawn towards the ethnic and eclectic.

Sara has worked on several high profile RSN commissions: an evening gown designed by Nicholas Oakwell Couture for the GREAT Britain Campaign, ‘Magna Carta (An Embroidery)’ designed by artist Cornelia Parker for the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, the Game of Thrones ‘Hardhome Embroidery’ and Burberry’s ‘Makers House’ in partnership with The New Craftsmen. She has exhibited at Hampton Court Palace and Alexandra Palace, and created a bespoke commission for St Olave’s Church in the City of London.

As well as Day Classes, the Certificate and Diploma, Summer Intensive Certificate and Degree modules at Hampton Court Palace, Sara has also taught at the Victoria & Albert Museum, The British Library and The Royal Free Hospital. She is currently volunteering for Combat Stress and SSAFA.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

We will provide healthy lunches along with all refreshments and some sweet treats! All equipment and materials (worth £35) are supplied for the duration of the workshop. Bring your specs if required for any close work.

After your workshop why not stay and relax at our adjacent property, Lanehead, the historic home of artist William G Collingwood and where Arthur Ransome taught William's grandchildren to sail in Swallow II and provided the inspiration for the book Swallows & Amazons.

Our accommodation is exclusive to Swallows & Artisans guests and their friends/families. Our room sizes are mixed and sleep 2 to 6 people and the majority have lake and mountain views. A breakdown of each room can be provided. Please contact me for rates and availability.

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There's limited parking on site. If you find yourself struggling for a space, additional parking is available in Coniston and we will happily collect you.

Refunds are unavailable but tickets can be transferred to an alternative date upon request.

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Course Start Dates

Tuesday 25th September 2018

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