A Celebration of Historic Needlework
Learn about historic textiles from the time of Lady Anne Clifford, 1590-1676
Exclusive Designs
Choose from over 60 designs from our programme of 1, 2, 3 and 4 day workshops
Relax in Beautiful English Countryside
Visit the nearby Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Northumbrian national parks
Learn Hand Embroidery from the Best
Twenty-three international needlework tutors, historians and textile experts await you
Visit our Favourite Castles and Stately Homes
Meet the owners and view their needlework collections during private visits
A Warm Welcome Awaits You
Set in historic Appleby-in-Westmorland in the heart of the Eden Valley
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The festival at a glance

60

Workshops

23

Tutors

9

Speakers

3

Excursions

A gathering of top international
embroidery tutors in a remote rural setting.

Class venues will be located in and around the beautiful and tranquil rural setting of Appleby and the Eden Valley, on the doorstep of the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, and the Scottish Borders.

Meet the tutors.

Twenty-three expert needlework tutors from five countries convene to teach 1, 2, 3 and 4 day workshops. 

Among the tutors joining us will be Phillipa Turnbull, Tony Minieri, Di Van Niekerk, Alison Cole, Nicola Jarvis, Meredith Willett, Nicola Jarvis, Michele Carragher, Jenny Adin-Christie, Jacqui Carey, Zinaida Kazban, Trish Burr, and Sarah Thursfield.

Latest News

COVID-19

Read our latest COVID-19 statement and how this might affect our Festival plans and your booking.

Who is Lady Anne?

Our local hero and muse. Find out who this enigmatic lady was and why she has inspired our festival.

Meet Trish Burr

Read our interview with festival tutor Trish Burr and learn more about what inspires her to teach.

A unique event to sponsor

There are opportunities to be a part of our exclusive event for local and international companies. 
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