Hand Embroidery Workshop with Kate Barlow - Elizabethan Dragonfly



In the class you will recreate a needlelace motif from a beautiful embroidered woman’s waistcoat circa 1615, held in the collection at the Fashion Museum in Bath.

Using silk gimp threads you will work corded buttonhole and Ceylon needlelace stitches to create your dragonfly as well as Elizabethan plaited braid stitch and Elizabethan spiders webs in gilt smooth passing thread. As the stitches can sometimes be tricky there will be extra materials for you to practise with before using the silk and metal threads.

This workshop is run by the amazing Kate Barlow. Kate graduated from the Future Tutors Programme at the RSN with distinction in 2016. During the course she studied many traditional hand embroidery techniques including goldwork, jacobean crewel work, blackwork, stumpwork and silk shading.

Kate has taught for the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace, RSN Bristol, Bath Fashion Museum, at the Williamsburg School of Needlework in the U.S and the RSN 2018 Summer School in Lexington Kentucky. She also teaches for The Craft Sanctuary, Needlework Tours and Cruises, The Alpine Experience and the Crewelwork Company. She has worked on historical costume reconstructions for St Fagans National Museum of History and The School of Historical Dress.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

The cost of this workshop is £95 which includes a kit, for you to keep, containing everything you need including a comprehensive instruction booklet. You will need an 8 inch embroidery frame and embroidery scissors, but these can be borrowed on the day if you don’t have your own.

Hand sanitiser will be provided throughout
Tea, coffee and refreshments are provided.
There are 6 places available.


Paula Cain at Cambria Costume House


2nd Floor, 43-47 High Street

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers


6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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