Lectures are in the Play House: 10.45 for morning members: 13.30 for afternoon members.

Thursday 20 February 2020

 By Susan Kay-Williams

Embroidery from Opus Anglicanum to 18th Century Gentlemen’s Suits

Embroidery has been used to embellish garments and decorative pieces from time immemorial to the present. This lecture explores embroidery across eight centuries from work that was made for the Church and royalty to work that was made for the man about town and pieces made for interior decoration. The lecture also examines some of the stitches, patterns and conventions from one period to the next as well as looking at colours.


Susan Kay-Williams

Susan Kay-Williams is the Chief Executive of the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court. She has a long term interest in textiles and was introduced to dyeing on a one day workshop in the 1980’s. She has written about Arts, Crafts and Fashion and is the author of “The Story of Colour in Textiles.” She is in constant demand as a speaker in the U.K., internationally in the U.S and Japan. She is a fellow of the RSA.