2018 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 (Fully Booked)

Amanda Carter Blackwork Workshop
Amanda Carter Blackwork workshop
Amanda Carter Blackwork Workshop

10 July

£65

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

Goldwork workshop with Amanda Carter

Amanda Carter Goldwork workshop
Amanda Carter Goldwork workshop
Amanda Carter Goldwork workshop

25 September

£65

In this Goldwork embroidery workshop you will create a beautifully intricate piece that has been inspired by the collection here at Sunnycroft. The workshop will give you a brief introduction to a few of these different techniques, threads and how to handle them. This is an ideal course to learn new skills, gain new an understanding of techniques and be inspired.

All materials and a light lunch will be provided as part of the workshop. To book your place click here

Long stitch workshop
Long stitch workshop
Long stitch workshop

Long Stich embroidery series

25 July WORKSHOP CANCELED
Silk Shading Embroidery Workshop with Jane Dew  - Rose Design
£65

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 
Silk Shading Embroidery Workshop with Jane Dew - Leaf Design CANCELED
£65

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. 

New for 2018 

3 October 
Encrusted Embroidery Workshop with Sandra Johnston & Katherine Prior
£45

Sunnycroft Encrusted Embroidery Workshop
Sunnycroft Encrusted Embroidery Workshop
Sunnycroft Encrusted Embroidery Workshop

This workshop uses buttons and other embellishments such as rings, shells beads etc, to make a beautiful piece of raised embroidery work. It is suitable for beginners, although some knowledge of basic embroidery stitches is useful, but you will be shown how to begin the piece and how to embroider and embellish it as you go, and it will form the basis of a piece that you can take home to finish. Light lunch and materials provided as part of the workshop.

24 October 
Sashiko Embroidery with Fran Scott
£45

This workshop will show you how to use the traditional techniques of Sashiko quilting. Suitable for beginners to hand stitching and more experienced stitches who would like to expand their skills. You will experience the art of slow stitching to produce a piece of textile that is personal and beautiful. Materials and a light lunch are provided as part of the workshop.

25 September - Gold work with Amanda Carter

More details to come

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. 

Upcoming events

Christmas Card Workshop with Sandra Johnston and Katherine Prior SOLD OUT

Wed 21 Nov 2018
11:00-15:00
Create your own bespoke Christmas card for your friends and family

Christmas Crazy Patchwork Workshop

Wed 28 Nov 2018
11:00-15:00
Decorate your Christmas tree with amazing crazy patchwork ornaments.

Christmas at Sunnycroft

Sat 01 Dec 2018
10:30-16:00
Soak up the Christmas vibe at Sunnycroft, sing along to local choirs, feast on mince pies and warm up by our fires.

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

Sat 01 Dec 2018
11:00-13:00
Get into the festive spirit, make your very own wreath to decorate your home.

Sunnycroft Christmas Choirs - The Jade singers

Sun 02 Dec 2018
13:00-14:30
Get in the festive mood with traditional carols sung by a local group

Sunnycroft Christmas Choirs - Old Hall School

Mon 03 Dec 2018
13:30-14:30
Get in the festive mood with traditional carols sung by a local group.