top of page


The Sunbury Gallery runs a year-round programme of workshops which cater for all abilities, from beginners to seasoned professionals.

A full programme of workshops & talk for Spring 2023 is shown below. 

  • All workshops are individually priced. Price includes all materials & kits as appropriate and a welcome tea / coffee on arrival.

  • All workshops run from 10:00 to 15:00 (unless stated otherwise). All participants are asked to arrive by 09:45 so workshops can start on time.

  • Payment for all workshops will be taken at the time of booking. We will refund all workshops where a cancellation is required due to unforeseen personal reasons only. 

  • Public car park is available in either the Walled Garden car park or the Meadow car park for which there is a charge of £2 per day. Disabled parking bays are available in the Walled Garden car park, close to the entrance to the Gallery.

  • For more information or if you are interested in booking a place please contact us on 01932 788101 or email us at Please ensure that you have included a contact phone number in your email. If you do not receive a response from us, please remember to check your junk email folder. 

Arm Knit Blanket

Arm Knit Blanket

Crochet Basket

Crochet Basket



Flowers of Palestine

Flowers of Palestine

Willow Chickens

Willow Chickens

Bobbin Lace Bookworm

Bobbin Lace Bookworm

Bobbin Lace Flower on Leaf

Bobbin Lace Flower on Leaf

Willow Plant Support

Willow Plant Support

Sophie Long

Sophie Long

Box Making Demonstration

Box Making Demonstration



Sophie graduated from the Royal School of Needlework in 2008, having mastered more than 30 hand embroidery techniques. Her passion and dedication to teaching embroidery is displayed through her embroidery classes. 

SATURDAY 18 FEBRUARY: Ribbon Embroidered Pin Wheel. Price £70

Learn how to work a range of different ribbon work flowers, then learn how to turn your embroidery into a pin wheel to store your pins in. Suitable for all levels.

WEDNESDAY 1 MARCH & 29 MARCH: No Kit Class. Price £55 

Sophie will help you with ongoing projects or to start new projects. Sophie can guide you through the design, the stitches to use and will teach you any techniques/stitches you may need. This is the perfect class if you have lots of unfinished projects but need a little help to finish them. Sophie is happy to discuss projects before the class so that you are ready to go on the day.

SATURDAY 11 MARCH: Silk Shading. Price £70

Silk shading or “painting with a needle” is a technique where straight stitches of shaded cotton are worked to fill a shape and create shading and dimension. 

SATURDAY 22 APRIL: Goldwork Monogram. Price £70

Learn how to work goldwork techniques such as clipping, leather and couching to stitch a letter of your choice. Please let Sophie know what letter you would like when you book a place. 

FRIDAY 2 JUNE: Ribbon Embroidery Bouquet with a Glass of Prosecco. Price £50 – 6:30pm to 9pm

An evening of stitching where you will learn how to stitch a ribbon work floral bouquet. Suitable for beginners. 


Judith has become a regular tutor on our workshop programme. Irrespective of participant's experience, all leave at the end of the day with impressive willow sculptures worthy of putting on display either in the garden or in the home. 


MONDAY 27 MARCH: Chicken Willow Sculpture. Price £80

Spend a fun and creative day weaving a lifelike chicken sculpture to enhance your garden or perhaps to make a really special gift.

Mainly using a random weave, this is a class where, once you’ve learnt the basics, you don’t have to concentrate too hard, and you can chat as you weave! There are, however, some interesting techniques to learn for the details of legs, comb and tail feathers – all borrowed from traditional basket making. There is plenty of room for creativity and you don’t even need to stick to chickens. Any bird of a similar size is possible – whether real or the product of your imagination. You bring the ideas, and Judith will help you turn them into sculpture! Suitable for beginners and those who have worked with willow before.

MONDAY 24 APRIL: Plant Support and smaller Garden Project. Price £80

Spend a fun day making beautiful and useful items for your garden from natural Somerset willow. We will start by making a conical climbing plant support suitable for beans, sweet peas or clematis. Then choose from a range of smaller projects: cloches to support herbaceous perennials or protect vegetables, birdfeeders, cane-toppers, houseplant cachepots and bespoke trellis. 


Tina began lace making in 1992 and went on to become a City & Guilds qualified teacher. She now teaches the principles of 13 different lace types (English & Continental) with technique sessions in each lace. Tina has done work with Pinewood Film Studios.


SATURDAY 8 APRIL: Flower Bobbin Lace Making. Price £70

During this workshop, Tina will provide guidance for you to make a simple gathered flower using bobbin lace techniques.  It can be executed in a variety of stitches and techniques depending on what experience you have, either as a beginne or re-joining.  The completed flower can then be stitched on to backing fabric and worn as a brooch or presented on a card to send to someone special.  All equipment will be provided.


SATURDAY 3 JUNE: Bookworm - Bobbin Lace Making. Price £70

You will make your own bookworm using one of the two basic stitches used in Bobbin lace making.  In addition to other techniques, you will learn how to add pairs and add beads for his eyes.  All equipment will be provided.


On both dates, Tina is happy for those who already make bobbin lace to come and join the session to work on a current project, or start a new project.


Lizzy Vartanian Collier is a fourth-generation embroiderer, a craft passed down from women to women across the Middle East. She has been fortunate to spend time with female practitioners in Jordan, learning about traditional stitches from Palestine, Jordan and Iraq. She has given workshops at the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Other Art Fair, Darat Al Funun and Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan. Her work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art, Green & Stone and Haus Gallery.

SATURDAY 15 APRIL - 10am to 1pm: Flowers of Palestine Embroidery Workshop - Price £40

Learn about traditional Palestinian embroidery while customising a garment or piece of fabric with a Palestinian floral motif.  Artist Lizzy Vartanian will introduce you to the art of Palestinian embroidery through an introduction to Palestine’s flora and fauna. Bring some clothing and she will help you to apply waste canvas and embellish it with Palestinian flowers.



Lucy Martin is a versatile multi-disciplinary hand embroiderer who can work within a range of fields for any context. Lucy trained at the Royal School of Needlework.  While studying, she undertook a full-time internship with Hand & Lock, working on a high-profile commission of restoration from The Royal Family.   She has worked within the Fashion industry with many famous fashion designers and expanded her skills. Lucy is now an Embroidery Tutor and Head of Educational Programming at the prestigious and historic company Hand & Lock. In November 2021, she won The Royal School of Needlework Award for Innovation and Technical Excellence in hand Embroidery and the Worshipful Company of Broderers Award. Her work has been displayed at the Fashion & Textile Museum as part of the RSN 150th Anniversary exhibition “Crown to Catwalk”. 


SATURDAY 13 MAY and SATURDAY 20 MAY 10am to 4:30pm – Tambour Beading - Price £210

Tambour beading also known as Lune’ville or Crochet de Lune’ville, is a French Haute Couture technique where beads or sequins can be attached to a fabric. The embroidery is done with a special hook working through the fabric stretched tight as a drum. Students will learn how to create a design set up a full-size frame and learn how to effortlessly work the hook through the fabric. Once the technique is perfect, students will learn how to use the chain stitch to attach sequins ,beads and bugles in a variety of configurations, creating beautiful surface decorations and textures.




Jodie Rose is a Hampshire based modern calligrapher with over 6 years’ experience in special event stationery, live calligraphy, engraving, signage and teaching workshops.

SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY - 6:30pm to 9pm: Valentine’s Day Calligraphy - Price £60 (with glass of Prosecco) 

On arrival, you will be given your calligraphy kit, including dip pen holder, nib, ink and worksheets, to use throughout the session (this is all yours to take home!). There will be plenty of one-to-one time during the workshop, so each student has enough time & attention to help develop their own style at their own pace. You will learn the basic strokes, practice writing the alphabet, learn how to join the letters up to make words and learn how to add in simple flourishes. Jodie will also show you techniques to help you find your own style. 




Business owner Paula fell in love with all things artistic at a young age, whilst helping her multi-talented artist mother in her Covent Garden studio in the 1970s. Growing up in an environment buzzing with creativity, Paula went on to study a specialist Knitwear Degree at Middlesex University. Notably, she was the winner of the prestigious Textprint prize for her final year degree show. The award was made in person by Fashion Designer Paul Smith no less! After finishing university, Paula enjoyed a long & successful career working in fashion as a knitwear designer at a senior level with many of the UK's leading businesses.

SATURDAY 1 APRIL – 2:30pm to 5:30pm – Crochet Storage Basket with Chunky Yarn - Price £55

This beautifully designed basket is so useful: it can be used as a bag, pot for a plant, laundry basket, toy storage or for your yarn stash! Crocheting with chunky yarn is so satisfying as your work grows fast! This two-colour basket is a quick & easy project using 9mm & 5mm thick recycled cotton yarn. You will be shown how to make: a magic circle, crochet the main body, how to change colour, and create the handles. Suitable for all levels.  Basket size is approximately H25cm W30cm. Choose between the 12 following colours when booking:  































SATURDAY 1 APRIL – 6:30pm to 8:45pm – Extremely Chunky Arm Knit Blanket with Prosecco - Price £75

Perfect for beginners and knitters alike, Paula will guide you through the simple art of arm knitting to create this beautiful homeware accessory. It is so satisfying knitting with this extremely chunky vegan friendly yarn as your work grows quickly and you walk away with an amazing on trend throw! The size of the blanket will be approximately 95cm x 1.30cm and will make a beautiful throw to snuggle into, or as a design feature at the end of your bed or sofa. Choose between 12 colours when booking.








   SONIA LEE  –  Fabric Covered Box Making Demonstration


Sonia Lee graduated from the Royal School of Needlework’s Future Tutors Programme in 2022 and exhibited some of her work at our gallery earlier this year.


SUNDAY 21 MAY – 11.00am -3.30pm - Hand-stitched Fabric Covered Box Making Demonstration

Sonia will be demonstrating the technique of making a fabric covered box.  This involves cutting precise pieces of card, covering them individually with fabric and lacing them to keep them tight.  Once all the panels are made everything is then stitched together by hand to complete the box and she will be showing you the various stages of this process.


Sonia will be teaching a box making class for us later in the year. Come and see her demonstrate this fun technique!




Colours Feb 2023 A.jpg
Colours Feb 2023 B.jpg
Crochet Storage Basket Workshop Colours Feb 2023.jpg
bottom of page