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Workshop/Course, Sun 4 - Sat 17 Jul 2021, free entry

Phillipa Turnbull dressing 'Lady Anne Clifford'

Phillipa Turnbull dressing 'Lady Anne Clifford'

Phillipa Turnbull with Priya Walters playing Lady Anne Clifford wearing the dress recreated by Phillipa and members of The Appleby Textile Group with funding from the Local Lottery


Lady Anne’s International Needlework Festival will take place from 4-17 July 2021.

The festival is organised and hosted by Phillipa and Laura Turnbull of The Crewel Work Company.

The decision to host the festival is due to the international following for our UK and Irish retreats and kits manufactured in Appleby.

First workshops in Appleby was held 20 years ago – now the festival is expanding on the few days we have previously present in the Eden Valley in the past, to offer a full two weeks of events and workshops following requests from our students.

Approximately 250 participants and tutors, coming from all over the world, including: America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

The world class, specialist embroidery tutors from America, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and the UK will lead 1, 2 and 3 day workshops in Elizabethan, Medieval, Jacobean and Arts & Crafts embroidery with techniques including Gold Work, Mountmellick, Silk Shading, Stump Work, Crewel Work, Needlepoint and black Work.

Students will be able to build their own itineraries of workshops, lectures and excursions paying a bespoke price depending on their choice.

Lady Anne’s Needlework and The Crewel Work Company are based in Appleby.

As part of the festival there are plans for re-enactments, including showcasing Lady Anne Clifford’s dress recreated in Appleby, with performances of music from the period.

Booking for the festival will begin in October 2019.

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 4 - Sat 17 Jul 2021
Dates, times and venues of workshops and events to be confirmed.


Free entry

There will be a free exhibition as part of the Festival however there will be a fee for workshops and lectures, price TBC.

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