Melbury Hill founder Sarah Stevens strives to design and produce the most beautiful of Crewel Work kits for all levels. We source the finest British materials for our Kits, Embroidery Rings Frames and Tools, Linen Twill woven in Scotland and Appleton Wools from London. We hope you enjoy your visit to our website which is ever changing, follow the Blog for tuition, embroidery study visits and ideas to encourage the embroiderer to keep this art form alive.
At Melbury Hill I’m delighted to offer a Conservation and Restoration service of historical and modern textiles alike, if you have anything from beloved Teddy Bear in need of TLC to a 1800c Ecclesiastical cope in need of a new lining and repairs I can help.
I have years of experience in conservation and restoration working on many interesting projects at my time at the Royal School of Needlework, which was the start of my interest in preserving the past for future generations to enjoy.
My previous and on going work in self employed has included to name a few: Repairing damaged sections on Cassocks and relining, re-lining and repair of embroidery on a 1900c Stoles, Repair and alteration of a 1900c Wedding Dress, Re-edging and stabilisation of a Victorian Patchwork Quilt, Upholstery of many projects like, drop-in seat pads, foot cushions, Chairs and cushions, to more fun projects like repairing Teddy bears and Dolls.
Contact us for a quote and talk through your requirements.
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My first love is Embroidery and textiles, I studied at the Royal School of needle work, and graduated in 2002 gaining a Diploma with Distinction, since then I've worked free lance as a textile artist and teacher of embroidery and then run a little shop for five years, selling vintage, antiques and arts & crafts. I closed the shop in 2014, but now I have the time to do something I've always wanted to do, design textiles and embroidery kits.
I get a lot out of walking and getting about in the Dorset countryside, which is beautiful in this part of the world, so inspiration, thankfully, comes thick and fast, and usually from the most unexpected of places.
I’ve appreciated nature and everything that comes with it all my life, and what better way to celebrate these things then to immortalize them in my designs.