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RSN in-house exhibitions & events

Peacocks & Pomegranates -January to July 2016

Peacocks and pomegranates have long been used as motifs on embroidery in a wide range of cultures. Running from January until July 2016, the 'Peacocks and Pomegranates' exhibition will feature pieces from the RSN Textile Collection. This will include objects from China and India, as well as from Western Europe, that either take these icons as their central motif or feature them prominently. Visitors will see some exquisite pieces and some fun objects, including peacocks, in a variety of threads, beads and metal threads. There will be pieces in the exhibition representing a variety of materials and techniques. More information here

RSN Collection Study Days - April-June 2016

We are delighted to offer a new series of RSN Collection Study Days presented by Dr Clare Rose, an international expert in the history of dress. Clare is a Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies on the RSN Degree course and also lectures at the V&A.

RSN Collection Study Days give participants an opportunity to examine samples of historic textiles from the RSN's unparalleled collection. Clare will begin the Study Days with an illustrated lecture, then she will introduce the group to unique items selected from the RSN's collection, backed up with books and resources from the RSN library. In the afternoon participants can review and study the textiles, (photographing them for personal use only) and discuss them with Clare Rose. Clare may also be able to provide identifications (NOT valuations) for items from participants' personal collections.

Wednesday April 27 - Whitework (including baby clothes) - 11am-15:30pm
Wednesday May 11 - Fashion Accessories - 11am-15:30pm
Wednesday June 8 - Underwear - 11am-15:30pm

RSN Midlands End of Year Show, Gallery One, Rugby Art Gallery, 28 June - 7 July

RSN Summer Exhibition, Hampton Court Palace, 5 - 10 July

External Exhibitions & Events



Bath in Fashion: Workshop & Lecture: 19 April

Bath’s fashion, spa, and retail credentials have long had some serious show-stopping heritage. Bath in Fashion 2016 (18 to 24 April) sees the fashion pack descend upon the World Heritage City for a week-long celebration of fashion that promises stimulating debate, in-store events and fast-paced catwalks. Expect red carpet moments at Bath in Fashion 2016, with a line-up of stellar designers and global fashion experts. More information here

The RSN will be holding a lecture with RSN Chief Executive Dr Susan Kay Williams. 'Stitch in Fashion' will be held in The Tea Room at The Assembly Rooms, tickets cost £12. Embroidery has been having a great resurgence in fashion. The beautifully illustrated talk examines the types of embroidery that have been popular, the different garments that have been embellished, and the variety of wearers from the high street to bespoke commissions by the Royal School of Needlework.

The RSN will be hosting Magical Millinery - Make your own Headpiece with RSN Degree Tutor Sophia Malik and Degree Alumni Harriet Stiles.Taught by the Royal School of Needlework, this workshop is in response to the haute couture gown designed by Nicholas Oakwell Couture for the GREAT Britain Campaign, which was embellished by the RSN.  You will create a beautiful red and black headpiece, learning basic millinery assembling techniques including embellishment using beads and feathers. The GREAT gown will be on display in the Octagon during Bath in Fashion 2016. The workshop will begin at 10am and will be held at The Octagon in The Assembly Rooms. Tickets will cost £50 and includes all the materials needed for the workshop.

For bookings go to:  or call 0844 847 5256

The Knitting & Stitching Show, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh: 28 April-1 May

The Knitting & Stitching Show makes it Scottish debut in Edinburgh on 28 April and we will be showcasing   some of the extraordinary work from our students as well as teaching to wonderful Learning Curve workshops each day. Students from RSN Scotland will also be demonstrating in the new 'Crafting in Action' Area where visitors can witness our stitchers embroidering in a range of techniques.  Attendees can book onto the Learning Curve workshops here. We will teach two sessions, Introduction to Silk Shading and Introduction to Goldwork. On our Introduction to SIlk Shading this pretty floral motif will introduce you to the technique of Silk Shading using long and short stitch, progressing through the stages involved to achieve a three dimensional effect. For our Introduction to Goldwork workshop this pretty delicate butterfly design will give you the opportunity to try the two main techniques of Goldwork. Couching, the laying of metal thread on the surface by secured stitches, and simple cutwork in the form of 'chipping', where metal thread is cut up and stitched down in small pieces called chips. We look forward to seeing you on stand G45!


1953 Coronation Robe sampler

Contact details

To discuss events, exhibitions and the loan of RSN Collection pieces contact:

E: Jane Hitchinson
T: +44(0)20 3166 6936


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