Elizabethan walnuts

Saturday 4 February 2017


The course

Made from the shell of a single walnut, these tiny encrusted bags were a novelty gift in the courts of Elizabeth I. Come and make your own replica of a more sumptuous time—they are surprisingly easy to make and can become quite addictive. Use them as key finders, hang them from curtain rails, or give them away as extra special gifts; there is room inside for a tiny phial of perfume, piece of jewellery or love sonnet! Not complex, these can be made by anyone who can sew a running stitch.

The tutor

Judith Balcombe was an enthusiastic member of the Museum’s sewing group and continues to support the Museum’s clothing project which started her interest in historical sewing techniques and clothing construction.

Participant information

Please bring a needle, thread and scissors. It would also be useful to bring any fine material and embellishments that you might like to use but some will be provided.


£55 per person per day, including tuition, materials and coffees and teas.

The Museum café will be open for lunch or participants may bring their own packed lunches.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.