Our Heritage Workshops

Scroll down for the 2019 programme and booking form for our Heritage Workshop series.

Learn a new, contemporary needlecraft skill and the history behind it. 

Our skilled teachers deliver a hands-on programme of workshops that cover historic stitching periods from Medieval appliqué and Regency embroidery to Victorian cross stitch.

The workshops take place once a month from 10am – 4pm under the exposed beams of our atmospheric medieval building at 32 Coppergate, York YO1 9NR. 

The workshops costs £50 each (or £90 for two booked at the same time) including all materials and a 10% discount voucher to spend in the shop.

To reserve a place, please complete the relevant form below and our staff will be in touch to confirm your place and arrange payment.

Terms and conditions apply.

1940s Vintage Flower Embroidery

Learn lazy daisy stitch, backstitch, chainstitch and French knots whilst studying the designs and motifs of 1940s vintage flower embroidery.

Create a lavender bag to hang in your wardrobe and help protect your precious woollens. 

Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

8 May 2019

10am – 4pm


Timeless Beadwork

Haute-couture textile designer, RCA graduate and London School of Fashion teacher Alice Richardson gives practical lessons in the fabulous beading techniques she uses to adorn cat-walk garments, silver-screen costumes and the latest must-have accessories. Taught by textile designer Alice Richardson

(to see Alice’s work visit: www.alicerichardsontextiles.com)

12June 2019

10am – 4pm

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1960s Patches and Visible Mending

They’re back in fashion! Learn to up-cycle clothes and furnishings with visible mending, hand stitching, darning, appliqué and patches. Bring a garment or cushion to transform, or make decorative on-trend denim patches to apply at home. Learn a range of hand-stitches to create your own, unique designs. Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

10 July 2019

10am – 4pm

Heart applique mend

Medieval Hand Appliqué

Learn about the motifs of York Minster heraldry. Create a jewellery pouch in felt and cotton fabrics (raw and turned under) using appliqué techniques with a range of hand-stitches. Embellish with beads and finish off the pouch with a handmade cord. Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

7 August 2019

10am – 4pm


Arts & Crafts Tapestry

Look at the tradition of tapestry in the Arts and Crafts movement and the designs of William Morris. Work on a bird or flower motif using tent stitch and cross-stitch and perhaps make a start on a larger piece to work on as the nights begin to draw in. Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

11 September 2019

10am – 4pm


Durham Hand-Quilting

This workshop introduces the rich heritage of the quilts designed and made in the mining villages of northern England. Discover the history and people behind these ‘whole cloth’ quilts and learn about the Weardale chain, feather cable, lovers knot, rose templates and other designs inspired by nature. Then use old pennies to design and create your own, unique hand-quilted cushion cover. Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

Sold Out – future date to be added

Durham Quilting

Chunky Knits & York's Medieval Wool Trade

Learn about the medieval wool trade of York and use the latest on-trend wools to knit a unique designer-scarf. Acquire the skills to cast on, cast off, knit, purl, rib, stocking stitch, garter stitch, moss stitch and a simple cable. Create tassels and pom-poms to decorate. Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

23 October 2019

10am – 4pm


Victorian Cross-Stitch Samplers

Rich or poor, Victorian girls and ladies applied themselves to making samplers, some for pleasure, others to develop skills to turn into a livelihood. Sew a cross-stitch card or sampler from our wide selection at Dutton for Button’s or create a design for Christmas. Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

13 November 2019

10am – 4pm


Viking Gold

Look at beautiful Viking goldwork and interpret the motifs in gold thread. Using an embroidery hoop, embellish Celtic designs, stars or snowflakes with beads, sequins and jewels to create a festive decoration. Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

4 December 2019

10am – 4pm


Brontë Needle Roll & Regency Embroidery

Sew a needle roll just like Charlotte Brontë’s and study Regency embroidery patterns and designs. Learn a range of hand-stitches and personalise your roll with lace, ribbon and beads in the tradition of 19th century ladies. Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

Sold Out – future date to be added


Old English Patchwork Quilting

Master the addictive hand-craft of paper-piecing patchwork quilting and the history behind it. Apply what you’ve learnt by making an English rose pin cushion from hexagons of quintessentially English Liberty Print fabric. Take away this perfect Mother’s Day gift along with the confidence to apply your new skill set to your own, larger projects. Taught by textile artist Helen Barnes.

Sold Out – future date to be added


‘70s Macramé

Rediscover this ancient knotting craft, a ’70s craze that’s once again taking the UK by storm. Make a plant-hanger for Spring bulbs and learn patterns to apply to garments, jewellery, wall hangings, throws and more. Taught by textile designer Alice Richardson.

Sold out – future date to be added

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