Working with Textiles Workshop

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Date(s) - 07/09/2021
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Bridlington Priory Rooms


The monastic Priory must have been a hive of craft activity in stone, wood, glass and much more. To commemorate this, Priory 900 organized a series of workshops on alternate Saturdays throughout the season. Each workshop offered a small group the chance to work with an expert to practise some of the skills involved.

Workshop Tutors: Lynne Henderson and Corinne Young

General Introduction
In the monastic period, textiles would have been created as hangings for the church and of course for liturgical vestments and altar frontals. This would have involved elaborate and expensive embroidery as well as lacemaking. Much later, in the 19th century, a knitting school was set up near the Priory to teach girls practical skills.

These workshops illustrated the highly diverse ways in which textiles can be used for creative as well as practical purposes, in this case using the Priory as reference and stimulus.

There were two strands to choose from in the Working with Textiles workshop, feltmaking and embroidery.


Lynne Henderson is a Bridlington textile artist whose passions revolve around felt-making and all things woolly. Inspired by the wonderful coastline on her doorstep, Lynne specialises in seascapes and landscapes. The wall art and accessories are created using various wool fibres and silks. Natural curls from Wenselydale sheep form waves and clouds. Each piece is handfelted using hot soapy water then embellished with beads, sparkle and handspun fancy yarns.

The Aims of the Workshop
Participants learnt how to make a felt picture using merino wool fibres, silk and fancy yarns, using the Priory and its grounds as inspiration for their design. They learnt how to create a design, layout base layer and design layer and turn this into felted picture.


Corinne Young is a textile artist specialising in embroidery. Past commissions have included wall hangings for the Lord of the Rings stage shows, framed pictures, and unique soft furnishings and garments. Recent highlights have included an installation at Burton Constable Hall inspired by the 17th Century origins of the ‘Carved’ room and some of the beautiful pieces to be found in the Hall. She will be working as a resident artist in Bridlington Old Town during 2013, studying the unique heritage of the area. She sees everything she makes as if it were a canvas to be embellished and use organic, recycled and vintage materials. Her inspiration is the natural world, with a particular focus on plants and butterflies.

The Aims of the Workshop
Participants learnt various embroidery techniques, building on interest and existing skills. They practised various embroidery stitches from study of samples, then applied these stitches to an item of clothing.

There was an additional lacemaking element to the ‘Working with Textiles’ workshop, co-ordinated by expert lacemaker Frances Bell, which involved demonstrations and opportunities for participants to ‘have a go’ at a simple lacemaking project.

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