In 2018 Sue will be teaching in UK on September 11th to 14th and at Celebrations in USA on May 2nd to 6th


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Sep 11th to 14th 2018

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..  

We are so excited to be able to bring you a new and stunning journey for 2018. This year we are changing our meeting venue and we shall be meeting at the Guildford House a 17th century building situated in the middle of the High Street in Guildford, where there is a stunning collection of embroidery. Classes will be held in the Brew House Studio in Guildford House, and we shall meet there each day at 9.30. Please see photos and details of our venue, it is stunning, and more details can be found here.  Before the main event starts, on Tuesday September 11th during the day I am offering, in case you missed it, Lucy's bag which is a more modern take on an historic bag held with the Winchester archives. The timings of this extra class will depend on the number of people choosing to take it.

The main event will start with dinner on Tuesday September 11th and continues until the late afternoon of Friday September 14th. Next year we have two projects. The first is my version of a black and white (well actually it's a black and dark green) Quaker sampler, which will be turned into a Peruvian purse, completed photo to follow shortly. The second sampler isn’t signed it just has initials and a date. However when you look at it closely it has some features which are rather unusual and so the class will include its history.  Not knowing the full name it's rather the history of the symbolism than the person, but even so there are surprises.  Our visit next year will be to Guildford Cathedral, but as an extra we shall have a daytime talk by Lynn Szygenda, a textiles specialist who previously worked at the V&A and the Embroiderer’s Guild.

Our days will finish with our wonderful extravaganza over 2 hours, of viewing pieces from the archives, close up and personal with permission to take photographs.

To register for the course, please visit the Registration page from Janary 1st 2018 and I look forward to seeing many of our old friends in September next year.


This black and dark green Quaker sampler is just beautiful. Stitched over one, but on a 28 count linen it measures just 6”x4”. It has so many of the obvious signs of Quaker samplers and we shall be talking about those  in the class.



The SW sampler (Judith’s sampler), is lovely, again stitched on 28 count but over 2 threads, it measures approx. 12.5” x 16”. The colours are muted but with flashes of blue. This is so unusual, that it is worth more than a second glance. More about the meaning and history in the class. I am very excited to be stitching this piece and can’t wait to share it with you all.


 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 11th and finish at 16.00 on Friday September 14th 2018.

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

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

If you would like further information on the event please send an email to Sue.


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