Plush Template Embroidery


Plush template embroidery (also called stump work and tufted wool embroidery) is a method used to create plush designs on fabric. It is done by stitching with wool yarn over a template.  The yarn is cut in a strategic way to release the template, then trimmed, brushed, and sculpted to give stars, hearts, flowers, and other fanciful designs. This embroidery technique was done by women in southeastern Pennsylvania and other regions of the US and Europe from about 1890-1950 to make decorated bed and lap blankets, pillow covers, and pincushions.

In this class you will learn plush template embroidery, stitching a small embroidery in your choice of shape and color. I will also talk about the history of the technique and show examples of plush embroidery from my collection.

Instructions, wool fabric, yarn, needle, and template will be provided. Please bring a 5-6” embroidery hoop and small sharp scissors. Needle nose pliers are also helpful, though not required.

Originally from Illinois, Ann Hermes moved to Southeastern Pennsylvania where her obsession with antique quilts and textiles began.  She has been collecting and quilting for more than 20 years and specializes in making small quilts out of antique and vintage fabrics culled from her collection.  More recently Ann has turned her attention to working with hand-dyed woolens and yarns, designing both applique projects and stitching plush embroidery pincushions and whimsies, using techniques from the 19th century Pennsylvania Germans. Ann is a member of the American Quilt Study Group and the author of the book Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases and Other Small Treasures, 1820-1920.  Find Ann on Instagram as “Notes from the Quilt Lab” or contact her at

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Enjoy learning this traditional craft in this one day workshop. Preregistration is required and class size is limited. No refunds are given unless a workshop is canceled for insufficient enrollment.

Masks Optional.

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