The Queen Mary - September 21-27, 2015

Sept. 21-27, 2015

Forever Embroidery Studio invites you to an embroidery retreat in Long Beach, California aboard the historic and luxurious Queen Mary Hotel. Enjoy a stay aboard the world-class ocean liner and participate in scheduled embroidery sessions provided by experienced and knowledgeable instructors who are based in both San Francisco and overseas. Guests are invited to join us for the entire week, or select embroidery session packages which fit their needs and interests. Evenings will consist of seminars from an international speaker and visits to historic exhibits and galleries. For more information please, see below. Bookings for the Queen Mary retreat can be made on this website or over the phone by calling 1-415-871-6202.


Lucy Barter, our head instructor, will be among the teaching staff during the Queen Mary retreat. Lucy is committed to the preservation and time honoured techniques involved in hand embroidery. Her Forever Embroidery Studio is involved with Filoli, and travels around the world to give private instructions and lectures, and furthering her studies for professional growth. While teaching techniques are embraced to further the art of embroidery, Lucy also offers a wide range of service to restore and conserve embroideries and textiles, including mounting for framing using archival methods. She is the event organizer for this retreat and overseeing all class instruction.

Annalee Levin is a teacher and artist working in many mediums but with a  particular love of textiles. She learned how to sew, embroider, and knit from her mother when she was young and these skills have become her passion and life’s work. She has a BA in Studio Art from Macalester College, an MFA from the sculpture department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and she spent three years studying hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework. Annalee exhibits her art internationally and currently works out of a studio in San Francisco where she does private commissions and small textile conservation and restoration projects.


Sarah Homfray completed the RSN Apprenticeship in 2006 and went on to teach the RSN Apprentices and the Certificate and Diploma in 2006 as well as undertaking freelance teaching and commissions.  Sarah has travelled extensively including living in Cyprus for a year where she gained a Diploma in Fine Art. Inspiration from her travels often appears in her work and she believes strongly in observation and attention to detail, embroidery design being a particular area of interest. Sarah holds a Certificate in Education from the University of Greenwich, has taught in the USA and Cyprus and currently works freelance from her studio in Nottinghamshire. Sarah has published in magazines and has written RSN Essential Stitch Guide - Silk Shading  (Search Press 2011)

Special Guest Lecturer

Dr Lynn Hulse is a Trustee of the Brangwyn Gift at the William Morris Gallery, Editor of Text, the journal of the Textile Society of Great Britain and Co-founder of Ornamental Embroidery. A former Archivist of the Royal School of Needlework, she specialises in historic needlework, in particular the development of art embroidery. Her book on the embroidered furnishings of the Lethbridge sisters will be published later this year.


Forever Embroidery has secured a discounted room rate for all guests who would like to stay aboard. Guests have the choice between booking a standard room with Queen bed, or a standard room with 2 single beds to share accomodations with other guests. Room reservations and information can be found by calling 1-415-871-6202.

Scheduled Sessions

The Queen Mary Retreat is provided in three sections to suit all levels of attendees. Guests have their choice of attending courses focused on designing their own work, following instruction-based classes on the different skills involved with embroidery, and/or attending our evening lecture series. Each session includes use of equipment, supplies, and materials; however, guests are encouraged to bring their own equipment and supplies (hoops, threads, sewing accoutrements, etc.). There will be a mobile shop that offers additional materials to supplement your projects. 


Please note: Sessions and lecture pricing include a deposit. These deposits vary depending on the type and duration of each session. Deposits are non-refundable if attendance is not cancelled by Friday, August 15, 2015. For more information please click the session to view the detailed description. Also, due to the popularity and limited capacity for the lecture series, purchased lectures are non-refundable but can be transferred to another guest using our  contact form.

Design Course Retreat (Week Long/Multi-Day Classes - Sept. 21 - 27) 

The 7 day retreat will immerse guests in the world of embroidery. Let Lucy and Sarah guide and instruct you on the multiple aspects involved with embroidery as you work your way through designing your own piece. The 7 day session includes Dr. Lynn Hulse’s lecture series at no additional cover charge and personalized instruction. The session includes use of equipment, materials, samples, and kits to complete your projects. Suitable for all levels.


Guests who would like to pair portions of the 7 day retreat with Instruction Based sessions, or who are not available for the full duration of the retreat can also select 4 or 3 day sessions instead. These sessions will include personalized instruction, along with use of the equipment, materials, samples, and kits, however booking is needed for the lectures by Dr. Lynn Hulse.

Instruction Based Sessions (Day/Multi-Day Classes)

These single or multi-day classes are perfect for those guests interested in specific areas of embroidery. Let Annalee guide and instruct you in focused embroidery disciplines to complement and broaden your embroidery skills. Sessions include equipment, materials, samples, and kits and are suitable for all skill levels. Sessions are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Lecture Series (Dr. Lynn Hulse)

Please join Dr. Lynn Hulse as she provides captivating insight into significant figures in design and embroidery and how their impact is still relevant today. This lecture series has a maximum guest capacity and is available on a first-come first-served basis.

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