Workshops at Sunnycroft

Amanda Carter Crewel Workshop

Thread through history with our workshops this year at Sunnycroft

Here at Sunnycroft we are carrying on the traditions of Joan Lander, follow in her embroidery footsteps with a series of workshops.

Who’s Joan Lander?

Joan was the last person to live at Sunnycroft before the house bequeathed to the National Trust in 1997. She started working as a Red Cross nurse during the Second World War. When ill-health forced Joan to give up her medical work, she joined the Royal School of Needlework in 1949.  Her embroidery highlights include working on the Queen’s coronation robe, amongst other robes, alter frontals and banners.  

Upcoming Workshops at Sunnycroft

Blackwork workshop with Amanda Carter

10 July


The workshop will give you an introduction to this technique and an opportunity to try out a variety of patterns on a design inspired by Sunnycroft, , taught by Amanda Carter who is currently studying with the Royal School of Needlework - following in Joan Lander's footsteps. This is an ideal course for beginners and more advanced embroiderers, looking to gain new techniques and inspiration. All materials and lunch are included in the price. To book your place click here

Long Stich embroidery series

Long stitch workshop
Long stitch workshop
Long stitch workshop

25 July 
Long and short embroidery – Rose Workshop with Jane Dew Silk Shading Embroidery

In this workshop you will create a rose design piece inspired by the collection here at Sunnycroft, using traditional long and short embroidery. Taught by Jane Dew a professional embroider and tutor, material kits will be provided on the day, and please bring your own sewing kits and scissors. This workshop is suitable for people who have some experience in hand stitching. To book your place click here.

5 September 
Long and short embroidery – Leaf Workshop with Jane Dew Advanced Silk Shading Embroidery

This workshop is a more advanced look at silk shading building upon the techniques used in the Rose workshop, using a leaf design inspired by the colleciton here at Sunnycroft. This class is sutiable for people who have some experience in hand stiching, and material kits will be provided on the day. To book you place click here. 

Look out for more workshops coming soon...

We have loads more workshops this year; keep updated on our events page or on our Facebook page for more details and booking. 

25 September - Gold work with Amanda Carter
3 October - Encrusted Embroidery
24 October - Sashiko Embroidery