Religious Art Workshop

The Religious Art workshop is a great opportunity to see some of the wonderful historical vestments and use them as a resource for your own embroidery.

Under the guidance of Sue Pilkington-Hanna, who attended the Royal School of Needlework, you will use a motif from one of the vestments to create your own unique piece of stitchery.

You will be given an option of several motifs from which you will choose one and several methods of working from beginners to advanced. During discussion prior to the workshop you will chat with Sue to choose a motif and method which you prefer.

Sue has a great knowledge of the vestments, working alongside Dr Jan Graffius, the Curator, for nearly 20 years supporting the textile collection, so you will be able to see clearly from where the motif you will be embroidering has been sourced. Depending on your personal embroidering experience, you will be able to work with metal and/or non-metal threads to produce a little gem of stitchery, which can be used on a variety of textile projects or left as a picture.

Ready prepared frames and materials (needles, and threads) will be included in the cost of the workshop, with the ability to purchase other materials during the workshop.

After the workshop, you will be given clear instructions on how to finish your project and Sue will be open to follow-up phone calls to respond to any embroidery questions you may have.

  • The workshop will run from 1:30-5:30pm on Holy Saturday (11th April 2020).
  • The cost for the workshop is £50 and includes a starter kit worth £20.
  • To secure your place, please contact the Enterprises department by email at or by phone on 01254 827014






Please note: the workshop will run subject to having a sufficient number of participants. If it is not possible to run the workshop, a full refund will be issued.