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Welcome to the School of Textiles, where practitioners and specialists offer the opportunity for students to experience different techniques and expand their knowledge of individual subjects.

May Morris: Art and Life - New Perspectives (Friends of the William Morris Gallery: 2017), ed. Dr. Lynn Hulse.

Annual Guest Lecture 2021: Postponed until 2022

May Morris: new perspectives. Speaker: Dr. Lynn Hulse
An authority on May Morris and former Archivist at the Royal School of Needlework, Lynn brought together the essays contained within May Morris: Art & Life, which in 2017 was published by the Friends of the William Morris Gallery, where she is Chair of the Trustees of the Brangwyn Gift. This is a special chance to hear about the life and work of May Morris, who was influential both in her own right and as the guardian of the work of her father, William Morris.
£17.50 TO BOOK:


May Morris ‘Olive and Rose’ firescreen detail, private collection.

Embroidery Workshop 2021: Postponed until 2022

Study with Dr Lynn Hulse, founder with Nicola Jarvis of Ornamental Embroidery and eminent teacher of historic hand stitch.
A constant theme throughout the work of the Arts and Crafts designer May Morris (1862-1938) is her love of meadow plants and cottage garden flowers. Working in silk threads on a tussah silk ground, join specialist Lynn Hulse to learn to embroider a small picture panel or cushion cover (30cm square) in the style of May Morris, inspired by one of her botanical patterns. Suitable for beginner/intermediate level.

£150 including materials, needles, an instruction booklet, refreshments and entry to the lecture by Lynn on the 27th. Please bring a pair of embroidery scissors and a 10-inch (25 cm) ring frame. TO BOOK:

At the School

Due to Covid-19, there are no events at the present time, but scheduling dates for the Autumn 2021 lectures (see below) is under consideration and will be confirmed in August. Meanwhile, individuals are still welcome by appointment.

We specialise in gatherings for small groups, so that everyone can join in and have stimulating encounters during the handling sessions that follow each talk. Refreshments included.


Mid-19th century patchwork quilt, courtesy Laura Ashley Archive.

Laura Ashley’s Quilts and Collectables:

To be confirmed

Join us for a privileged virtual tour of the Laura Ashley archives, which house a fine collection of quilts, rare sample books and printed ephemera. Those amassed in her own lifetime (1925-85) reveal a connoisseur’s eye for colour, detail and the occasional quirky pattern, and can often be linked to the fabrics produced by the company for fashions and interiors.


Cross-dyeing 1974.

Colour: dyes, pigments and imagination:

To be confirmed

This afternoon offers the chance to look closely at colours, with an introduction to the history of colourants enhanced through comparison of synthetics-dyed textiles with hand-dyed yarns and fabrics housed in the School’s collection. These include cloth samples from Ethel Mairet’s influential workshop, Gospels (c.1919-52) and yarn samples dyed by Ella McLeod, who founded the textile course at Farnham College of Art, 1949.


Rachel knit c.1970.

Missoni Style: making “total knitwear”:

To be confirmed

In 1973, twenty years after Ottavio and Rosita Missoni had married and set up a small knitwear workshop in Gallarete, Italy, they received the prestigious Neiman Marcus Fashion Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion, regarded as the Oscar of the fashion world. Joining the likes of Schiaparelli, Chanel and Doir, find out how and why Missoni is now regarded as the most important name in total knitwear dressing.

Norah Stocker, Fantasia Textiles

Norah Stocker will be offering workshops inspired by the lectures at the School. These will take place at the School throughout the year and will be announced in our Newsletter and via her own website:

Norah Stocker is a qualified artist, fine art printmaker, weaver, designer and textiles teacher. She has run her own business, Fantasia Textiles, for 20 years and at the same time has exhibited throughout East Anglia annually. She is well known for her talks, workshops and commissioned work.


Fabric strips of silks, muslin and hand dyed wool hooked into a velvet cushion, courtesy of the artist.

EXHIBITION Inspired by Wool: held over for the 2021 season – watch this space for updates

This exhibition showcases work by members of the Cambridgeshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, who took inspiration from a weaver’s sample book held in the School of Textiles in Coggeshall. The sample book is part of the School’s Keith H. Robson Collection and contains his 1960s’ designs for George Roberts & Company (1838-1967) of Selkirk, Scotland. 

Sue Wallis’s weave sample inspired by Robson’s book, courtesy Sue Wallis.

Cambridgeshire Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers workshop, courtesy the Guild.

Cambridgeshire Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers workshop, courtesy the Guild.

Keith Robson’s 1960s’ weave draft and sample book.

Members of the Cambridgeshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, will be present on occasion throughout the year, to demonstrate weaving for visitors to the House.

For their schedule and further information click ‘What’s On’ below.

Cambridgeshire Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers workshop, courtesy the Guild.

Sue Wallis’s weave sample inspired by Robson’s book, courtesy Sue Wallis.

Inspired by Wool is on show in Paycocke’s House - home of a Tudor merchant when “Coggeshall Whites” were famously known as a kind of baize of superior fineness - what connects these geographically disperse entities is an understanding of the unique characteristics of wool.

Exhibition entry is included in the admission ticket, free to members of the National Trust.

Paycockes House & Garden

25 West Street, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1NS

Banner image: Sophie Pattinson screen printed and stitched shawl made in Bangladesh 2011, and vintage embroidery from Hazare Valley, Pakistan, photo Joe Mackay.
All images unless otherwise attributed are courtesy of and copyright the School of Textiles.

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