I teach small classes in my studio at 21 Cranberry Way, Hull. You can learn a variety of traditional embroidery techniques, to take your embroidery to the next level. Classes are suitable for different levels of embroidery skills. Materials are provided (unless stated) but you will need to bring a basic sewing kit. The maximum number of students is 8, so booking is essential.


I was taught to stitch as a child, by my mother and grandmother, as well as some lessons at school, although I have few memories of this – it feels as though I have always stitched! I have tried many forms of craft work through my life, including knitting and calligraphy, but my first love is embroidery, with dressmaking a close second.


This morning I've finished a project I've been working on for almost exactly a year. It's an embroidered Stomacher, loosely based on a design from Charles de St Aubin's book, The Art of the Embroiderer, which dates from 1770. It's stitched on ivory silk, using silk thread and silver passing thread. The green edges of the ribbon, and the silver passing thread are tamboured, and the rest is long-and short stitch, chain stitch satin stitch and French knots, mostly with spilt silk thread.

Feedback and Testimonials

“We have been delighted that Alison has not only contributed to our exhibitions and displays, but her sessions stitching in costume have delighted visitors and added enormously to their museum visit.” Dr. Sophie Forgan, Chairman of Trustees, Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby.

A weekend in Norfolk

Had a great time this last weekend in Norfolk. We were staying with some old friends from my former prison (aka full-time work) who had moved to furrin parts in Aylsham. Margaret had roped me in to demonstrate at the Woolfest she was helping to organise, called "Woolly Worsted"! It's their first go at a wool festival for Norfolk, and the whole weekend went very well.

Dresdenwork neckerchief finished!

I have finished a piece of Dresdenwork I have been working on for a year now - not all the time, of course, but I started it in February last year! It's a new neckerchief, since the one I already have is on exhibition in the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby this year. One of the hazards of exhibiting stuff is needing more stuff to keep you going in the meanwhile......

Captain Cook Museum Exhibition 2016: Stitch-Off Challenge!

If you haven't yet discovered this, Dear (Embroiderer) Reader, then you are missing a lot of fun! Dr Jennie Batchelor from the University of Kent has published a series of patterns from The Lady's Magazine, published between 1770 and 1818, and they are online for Embroiderers to play with. Here's the link: