Phillipa Turnbull is an historic British embroidery specialist. She is in New Zealand to share her passion for crewel embroidery (embroidery worked in wool) with a series of lectures and workshops around the country. Her Crewel Work Company was set up 25 years ago to promote, celebrate and re-create designs and rarely seen stitches from the past.
A lifetime's enthusiasm for historic needlework has led to a number of milestone projects including the recreation of H.M. The Queen Mother's Bedhead and Bedspread at Glamis Castle in Scotland, managing the Woolsack (the seat of the Lord Speaker in the House of Lords) for the Queen's Golden Jubilee, to launching a textile museum at Muncaster Castle in the Lake District, England.
Philipa Turnbull talks with Lynn Freeman: