Founded in 1986, we have been designing and manufacturing quality tapestry kits and continue to add new designs each year. With a desire to provide needle workers with quality heirloom designs combined with an inspiration of historical needlework, our kits are crafted to provide you with hours of stitching enjoyment and delight in your finished work. Our offices are located in Oxford, often referred to as the city of dreaming spires and home to one of the world's leading universities.
Popularised in the UK post 1830, Berlin wool work is a type of cross stitch using soft brightly coloured wool. In 1831, a Mr. Wilks of Regent Street imported large amounts of quality designs, painted patterns and working materials from Berlin, Vienna and Paris. By the middle of the 19th century, Berlin wool work patterns had become the preferred designs for British embroiderers.
At the end of the 19th century an abundance of wealth had occurred as a result of huge social change. Many middle class men found better status and women employed servants for the home leaving time for embroidery, which had become an activity for the privileged. From accessories of pictures and cushions to larger furnishings such as chairs and carpets, any furnishing that could be stitched for the Victorian home, practically was.
Queen Victoria's third daughter Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein founded The Royal School of Needlework in 1872. This was an attempt to reestablish needlework to the prestigious place it once held and in the wake of the Industrial Revolution, as a respectable form of employment. Influence from the Arts and Crafts Movement could also be seen here, as a major contributor to the resurgence of textile art; William Morris maintained how people originally achieved enjoyment through handicrafts as a dichotomy to the industrial process.
The floral designs and bright colours of Berlin wool work differs from designs today, but it is important to remember that needlework has a magnificent heritage. When you start your tapestry, you are making history by continuing the tradition of Berlin wool work.
Anglesey, or Ynys Môn as it is called in Welsh, is an island off the north-west coast of Wales - connected to mainland Wales by two bridges which span the Menai Strait: the Menai Suspension Bridge, designed by Thomas Telford in 1826, and Robert Stephenson’s Britannia Bridge opened in 1850. The island of Anglesey is steeped in cultural significance with a rich historic legacy dating back to Roman times when druids fought a bitter battle before being conquered by the invading Roman army. More importantly, it is the home of Elizabeth Bradley needlepoint. The Anglesey Collection includes many of our best-selling designs and some of the very first created by Elizabeth Bradley.
Beaumaris is the charming seaside town situated in the heart of Anglesey where the company was founded and where a few of our longest serving and loyal team members still live. With a beautiful coastal landscape and stunning views of Snowdonia and the Carneddau mountain range, the town is popular with tourists and a buzzing holiday resort all throughout the summer months. When our team is not busy making each and every kit by hand, they can sometimes be found on the promenade eating ice-cream and paddling on the shore. The Beaumaris Collection features the contemporary twist of Blooms with soft pastel colours we associate with the seaside alongside Shells and Exotics to channel the look of summer. Within the Beaumaris Collection, we have also included the Botanical Garden and Victorian Animals which were designed by Liz Bradley nearly thirty years ago from her home on the seafront of the town.