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The Plymouth Tapestry Experience Instructors

Barbara Jackson

Barbara Jackson is well known throughout the needlework world for her love of traditional early English and American design.


She is a graduate of the National Academy of Needlearts teacher certification program, and holds a certificate “with distinction” from England’s Royal School of Needlework.


Barbara has taught for many organizations over the years, including the ANG National Seminar, EGA National Seminar, and Callaway School of Needlearts. She markets her own original designs under the Tristan Brooks logo.


Her work has been featured in Needle Pointers, Needlepoint Now, Inspirations magazine (including cover of 2010 issue #67), the EGA magazine, Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly.

Kathy Neal

Kathy Neal has shared her needlework expertise and passion for more than thirty years through seminars, magazine publications and television.


Originally a whitework and fine hand sewing designer, Kathy was impelled to focus on historic needlework as a result of  world travel. To learn and perfect her skills , Kathy studied at the Royal School of Needlework, receiving their Certificate in Hand Embroidery in 2004. Kathy’s current work reflects her special interest in 16th- and 17th-century techniques and materials.


Kathy promotes embroidery education and preservation efforts through life memberships in the Embroiderers' Guild of America and Friends of the Royal School of Needlework. In addition to her other needlework endeavors, Kathy is the director of the St. Clare Needlework Guild at Church of the Good Shepherd in Augusta, Georgia, working to create and manage the church’s sacred textiles. She is a frequent instructor for ecclesiastical embroidery events throughout the country.

Kathy has been traveling north to stitch on the Plymouth Tapestry intermittently since its inception, and generously collaborated to create the stitch guide for the project.

Elizabeth Creeden

Elizabeth Creeden is the designer and master stitcher of the Plymouth Tapestry. 

Trained in textiles at Massachusetts College of Art, she owned a needlework shop for over 20 years which was home to her designing and teaching business.


She has taught at such institutions as Winterthur, and has produced embroidery for clients including 18th-century-style bed hangings, crewel curtain panels, a White House ornament, and a 7’ x 7’ wall hanging in the style of May Morris. Her Portuguese Castelo Branco reproduction bed canopy for the Nichols House Museum in Boston.

Elizabeth's art is inspired by the decades she has spent living and working in an early seventeenth-century home in Plymouth.

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