Discovering Traditional Crewel Work with Philippa Turnbull: a 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Cycle Cafe near Penrith and Ullswater

Duration: One day (9.30am -4.30pm)

Price: £75

Run by: Annie Swarbrick
at Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

01768 483984

Greystoke Cycle Cafe
CA11 0UT

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About the Course

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Traditional Crewel Work - embroidery day course with Philippa Turnbull of 'The Crewel Work Company'

We are thrilled that Philippa will be able to spend a day with us sharing her many talents and knowledge of the techniques of Crewel Embroidery. Philippa is one of the leading authorities in this wonderful form of heavy embroidery that once lavished the walls of our Castles and Country Houses

Philippa will bring with her ,a range of crewel work designs to choose from in order to create an embroidery suitable for a cushion, stool top or as a framed piece. You will literally learn how to 'paint' with your needle' to create beautiful pieces using the same methods as yesteryear.

The workshop will begin and end with a short talk about the history and techniques in crewel work and embroidery in castles in Cumbria and beyond.

Please bring a pair of embroidery scissors, and don't forget glasses and a magnifier if you use one.

Philippa’s passion for crewel work and her talent as a designer and embroiderer afford her the privilege of researching and recreating some of the most exquisite historic crewel work in the world. She was involved in the recreation of HRH The Queen Mother’s Bedhead and Bedspread at Glamis Castle in Scotland and has been instrumental in launching a textile museum at Muncaster castle in the Lake District, England, both of which are testament to her dedication to this art form.

Philippa's on going research among private collections allows her to bring you textile information from the historic source, including stitches and techniques long forgotten by current needlework stitch books. As such, her kits and retreats bring to life the designs, colours and techniques of the 17th and 18th centuries and are hailed as among the best embroidery experiences available.

As well as developing their kit range, Philippa and Laura work with castles, country houses and museums around Britain to ensure precious private embroidery collections are understood and appreciated by fellow enthusiasts.

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What's included in the price?

Welcome drinks : fresh coffee & home made biscuits, a lovely 2 course Aga lunch served in our farmhouse kitchen or outside in the Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden as soon as it's warm enough. To finish off the day, a freshly made Cream Tea (including Aga-baked scones, cream and jam).

Our days are considered special treats; many come back time and time again and often combine it with a short break to the Lake District.

We have been hosting and organising 'Quirky Workshops' since 2005 from our friendly family run Cycle Cafe Tea Garden on the northern fringes of the Lake District. All our tutors are carefully hand selected experts and professionals and many considered as leading nationally in their field.

There will be an additional materials charge of between £15 and £40 depending on the design you choose and will include all wools, design printed linen, stitch instructions, along with a CD of images for students to take away and to complete their design.

An embroidery frame will be available to borrow.

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