In 2020 Susan will be teaching in UK on September 22nd - 25th and in the USA at Celebrations, 26th May - 30th in Nashua


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Winchester UK
Sep 22nd to 25th 2020

Pilgrim Stitchers runs an annual short course in needlework taking as the subject an item of specialised nature, frequently of historical interest. In most cases the original is not available to the public but will be seen during the event. These courses take place in UK but Sue is also available to teach at your events, not just in UK. Click here for more information..  

Having returned to our base in Winchester in 2019 we will again be at Chilcomb house where we have worked for the last 16 years. This year we are delighted to be welcoming a visiting teacher Jill Kipnis who is designing a piece specially for us. She specialises in gold work and we are thrilled that she has agreed to give up her time to come and lead us into this fascinating medium. I have a sketch but hopefully we will have a photograph of the finished project before too long. 

Before the starting dinner on Tuesday 22nd I will be teaching the Portsmouth Borders sampler in case someone wishes to stitch both samplers. Then the main event will start with dinner on Tuesday September 22nd and continue through to the afternoon of Friday September 25th. On Wednesday the whole day will be led by Jill Kipnis who will be leading us through the intricacies of gold work and embroidery. Thursday will be set aside for our visit to a museum day and I’m hoping that we will be able to visit Woking where many beautiful pieces are held. On Friday we will be stitching Portsmouth revisited. This is a sampler using many of the borders that we love in other samplers. It is a twin to the Portsmouth borders; and there will also be a secret surprise.

Our days will finish with an extravaganza of viewing from the archives, close up and personal with permission to take photographs.

To register for the course, please visit the Registration page from January 25th 2020 and I look forward to welcoming many of our old friends joining us again.



This lovely little sampler is made from various borders which we have exclaimed about in the last few years. Its colours are primarily red, blue and green. The outer border matches the first sampler we did and as you can see this one celebrates the strawberry theme. It measure approx. 21 cm x 21 cm. It is stitched over 1, though you could of course stitch it over two if you would prefer.





TapeThis is the sketch which Jill has sent me of an idea for our project. Watch this space for more details.


The seminar will be limited to 14 participants on a first come, first served basis and will commence with dinner on the evening of Tuesday September 22nd and finishing at 16.00 on Friday September 25th 2020.

The cost for this extraordinary event will be 415 for the three days and preceding dinner.

The cost includes:

• Your kit and teaching of Portsmouth revisited.
• Your kit and teaching of Jill Kipnis’ gold work picture
• You will have the opportunity to view articles from the Hampshire Cultural Trust Archives
• You will visit Woking museum and see their antique embroideries and samplers
• Transport to the teaching venue each day
• Evening dinner
• Two lunches
• Coffee and refreshments all day
• Transport to Woking will be by car.

Final details will be sent out at the beginning of July to the 14 fortunate participants.



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