Workshops & Talks

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 & talks for Spring 2022 is shown below. 


Our programme of workshops includes Embroidery, Screen Printing, and Willow Weaving.

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

  • In anticipation that COVID 19 and social distancing guidelines will continue into 2022, spaces on workshops are limited so it is recommended to book early to ensure a place.

  • 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.

  • For all workshops, a lunch break is taken at a suitable time. To comply with social distancing guidelines, lunch will be taken in the Gallery. To save time, lunch orders are taken on arrival from the menu for which a charge is made.

  • Payment for all workshops will be taken at the time of booking. We will refund all workshops where a cancellation is required due to COVID 19 reasons and for unforeseen personal reasons only. 

  • Public car park is available in either the Walled Garden carpark or the Meadow carpark 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



Sophie Long 4 December

Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Silk Ribbon Embroidery

Sophie Long 9 October

Dr Chris Thorogood Talk

Dr Chris Thorogood Talk

The Weird World of Plants 17 February 2022

Shaded Canvas

Shaded Canvas

Sophie Long

Christmas Star

Christmas Star

Judith Needham

Chicken Willow

Chicken Willow

Judith Needham

Screen Printing

Screen Printing

Daniel Haskett



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 26 FEBRUARY: Ribbon Embroidery Workshop. Price £70

This class is inspired by Sophie's 2021 “A Stitch a Day” project, which was a series of hearts all worked in different techniques. In this class you will learn a variety of ribbon work stitches, along with some surface embroidery too. This kit could then be added to, outside of this class, to produce a larger piece of embroidery. No previous experience required.

SATURDAY 26 MARCH: Silk Shading Workshop. Price £70

This class will teach you the technique of silk shading, which is also known as long and short stitch. You will learn how to change colour as well as direction to achieve smooth and beautiful results. No previous experience required.

SATURDAY 7 MAY: No Kit Class. Price £55

Sophie will be on hand to 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 JUNE: Stumpwork Workshop. Price £70

Stumpwork is always a popular class. This technique covers a wide range of stitches which are combined to create a three-dimensional piece of embroidery. No experience is required for this class.


MONDAY 25 APRIL: Screen Printing Workshop. Price £85

This workshop will give you an introduction to the basics of screen-printing techniques using paper stencils. Daniel will teach you the basics skills of screen-printing from preparation through to the finished work. An opportunity to try a new skill and print a piece of your own that you can take away at the end of the day. If you are practical and hands on or just want to get creative, this is the workshop for you. Feel free to bring old T-shirts, tote bags or other material with you for printing on to.



MONDAY 11 APRIL: Chicken-Willow Sculpture Workshop. Price £75  - Light lunch included.

Spend a fun day on this popular workshop with expert tuition from Judith Needham. Beginners can achieve a life-size chicken on this one-day workshop. If the weather is cold or wet, we will work inside. 10.00 to 15:30


MONDAY 23 MAY: Hare-Willow Sculpture Workshop. Price £85  - Light lunch included. 

Spend a fun day and creative day weaving a life-size sculpture of a hare to enhance your garden. There are some interesting techniques to learn for the details of legs, ears, and eyes - all borrowed from traditional basket making. 10.00 to 16:30


THURSDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2022 - Weird Plants

7.00 - 8.30pm in the Sunbury Gallery. Tickets £15 including wine and nibbles.

Explore the astonishing world of killer plants with Dr Chris Thorogood, Deputy Director and Head of Science, The University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum.

Enter the world of Dr Chris Thorogood and listen to some of his incredible stories discovering weird plants in the wild. His enthusiasm is infectious. He will talk about how he came to write his book “ Weird Plants” and create the stunning range of paintings that will surround you during this talk. An event not to be missed.

Tickets available from the Gallery office.  Numbers limited / Discount for Members of The Sunbury Gallery



SATURDAY 9 APRIL:  2pm to 3:30pm in the Gallery

SUNDAY 10 APRIL:  2pm to 3:30pm in the Gallery

Bobbin lace is a lace textile made by braiding and twisting lengths of thread, which are wound on bobbins to manage them.  As the work progresses, the weaving is held in place with pins set in a lace pillow, the placement of the pins is usually determined by a pattern or pricking pinned on the pillow. Come and see a free demonstration of Bobbin Lace Making with Tina Pedrick, a City & Guilds qualified teacher. She will be able to answer questions or queries you may have about this traditional skill.