Instruction in Traditional 16th Century Hand Embroidery Techniques

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Group and Individual Instruction

At Gutter Lane Embroidery, we teach a wide variety of historic hand embroidery techniques for all levels of skill. All our projects are based on extensive historical research, specializing in the techniques used for 16th century English embroidery. We can help you master working with the fine silk and gold threads that were used in the exquisite decorative patterns seen in the portraiture of the time.

For more information about private or group instruction, please contact us at [email protected]


The following projects are based on techniques used in 16th century embroidery.  They can be taught in groups from 10 to 25 students.  If your group is interested please email for more information on teaching fees and kit costs.

Strawberry is a two day class based on a 16th century botanical depiction and developed for embroidery using traditional 16th century layering techniques in silk and metal threads.

Tudor Rose and Pomegranate is inspired by an illuminated manuscript from the early 16th century. Threads used include bright check, lizerene, pearl purl, smooth passing and coloured silks. It is a three day class

Eglan​tine is inspired by a 16th century botanical illustration by the French artist Jacques Le Moyne.   ‘La Clef des champs’ was published in London in 1586 as a book of models to be used for painting and embroidery. The volume was dedicated to his patron Lady Mary Sidney a writer and accomplished needlewoman.   Eglantine is a three day class.

A Garden of Tudor Delights   combines the use of fine embroidery silks with a variety of unusual gold and silver threads.  All of these unusual techniques are featured on the Broderers' Crown, a 16th century embroidered garland of popular fruits and flowers.   This is a four day class.

Velvet Rose Roundel is stitched using the traditional 16th century embroidery techniques found on the Broderers’ Crown. The roses, leaves and crescent on are worked initially on a cotton ground in layers of silk and metal threads.

The individual elements are trimmed from the cotton and appliquéd onto a velvet ground mounted on cotton. The gently curving stems are stitched directly on the velvet connecting all the elements.  Velvet Rose Roundel is a four day class.

Tudor Embroiderers and their Work

Tudor Embroiderers and their Work is a two day workshop which begins with a PowerPoint presentation, followed by a discussion of how the embroidery guild was organized in the Tudor era including what they produced and for whom. The afternoon is spent learning about the designs and materials they used to create very intricate embroideries and trying out the techniques on a practice cloth. The following day is spent using the techniques and materials to complete a small project such as this exquisite little elephant.

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