Group and Individual Instruction in 

Traditional 16th Century Hand Embroidery Techniques

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 [email protected] for more information on availability, teaching fees and kit costs.

The delicate Sweet Pea flower is worked in purple silk and silver plate.  The leaves are layers of gold threads and green silk and the stems and fine tendrils are various sizes of lizerene.

The seed pods are worked in satin stitch, padded satin and circular couched passing, partially covered in rows of laid gilt silk twist. It is a beautiful companion to the Eglantine.

Fruit and Flower Roundel features a garland of strawberry fruit and blossoms and larkspur flowers.

Worked in a wide range of metal threads and coloured silks, this is a very challenging project for advanced embroiderers.

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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