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This Summer at Melbury Hill

Looking for a lovely Crewel Embroidery project this summer. "A Strawberry Fair" is great for the beginner or new to Crewel.

This elegant but simple designed crewel work kit was inspired by the motifs from Elizabethan costumes that were worn by the ladies and gentries of that time.
Level: Beginner. Six Stitch Techniques.
Design size: 10cm x 10cm,
Fabric size: 23cm x 23cm
Kit contains: 100% Original Linen Twill printed with the design, Appletons Wool, 2 Needles, and full instructions with a picture of the finished project.

A Strawberry Fair

New to melbury hill

The Narcissi Collector, is a brand new kit to our Collectors range. Eight simple Crewel Work stitches great, for a beginner to Crewel Embroidery, the kit will take you through some of the most interesting and satisfying aspects of Crewel Work. I loved designing The Narcissi Collector I've wonted to use a Daffodil "the symbol of unrequited love" in a design for sometime and this design is a definite nod towards Art Nouveau tile designs from the early part of the 20th century which I've enjoyed adapted for a textile design.

Design size: 15.5cm x 17cm,
Fabric size: 33cm x 33cm
Kit contains: 100% Original Linen Twill, Appletons Wool, Two sized 24 Needles, and Full Instructions.

The Narcissi Collector

Our eco-frendly packaging

Brand new to Melbury Hill Eco-friendly boxes for our kits, we take our environment seriously and want to do are bit, each box is made in the UK using recycled cardboard with water based coatings and adhesives making these boxes completely recyclable, and they won't cost you the earth, we've had them made to "Large Letter" size so the postage costs will remain the same.

Crewel Kits

Conservation and restoration Service

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.

Sarah Stevens

(Image close up of embroidery repair on 1900c Vestment)

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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.

Sarah Stevens