Harriet Roberts - Our Master Stitcher
Over the past 15 years, under Phillipa's apprenticeship and through involvement in the development of some of our most ambitious projects to date, such as the Muncaster Bed Hanging, Harriet has built up a wealth of crewel knowledge and technical expertise. This has led, over the past several years, to Harriet becoming our official Master Stitcher, a position we have evolved to describe her responsibility as a key member of our design and kit development team.
Harriet's particular area of expertise is larger projects. She is able to help students create the right set up and approach the project so that designs of this size can feel less intimidating and essentially, achievable!
The focus of Harriet's most recent work with us has been the Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth Crewel Work hangings, which she has been studying and replicating in preparation for our next Special Edition kit release, the much-anticipated Gawthorpe Bed Hanging. Phillipa and our team have spent many hours at Gawthorpe, with Harriet, in order to prepare her for stitching the hanging from her home in Oxford, Mississippi. Harriet is due to complete stitching on the hanging in September this year and we are avidly awaiting the arrival of new photos as each section is finished.
Harriet now teaches our designs in person in the US as part of her own company Oxford Stitch LLC and we are extremely excited to welcome her to teach for us officially in the UK for the very first time during our Gawthorpe Hall Totally Crewel Work Residential Retreat.