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RSN in-house Exhibitions & Events

Stories in Stitch Sept 2016 to March 2017
New RSN Exhibition Coming Soon...Come and visit us at Hampton Court Palace and see your favourite stories brought to life with the Art of Hand Embroidery.  Our new exhibition, opening in September, will showcase a wide range of Hand Embroideries in Appliqué, Stumpwork and Raised Embroidery, featuring pieces from the RSN’s Archive Collection and its Students. For bookings click here.

External Exhibitions & Events

Mr Selfridge Visits Worcester Cathedral!  Dressed for Drama,  1-29 August
Dressed for Drama costume exhibition will feature around  thirty five period costumes from British television and film. The costumes will be displayed in the stunning early 12th Century Chapter house at Worcester Cathedral, which is thought to be the first round chapter house in the world.
For more information click here.

Great Broad Walk Borders Celebration Weekend at Kew, Kew Gardens, 27, 28 & 29 August
We are delighted to announce that we will be demonstrating at Kew Gardens from 27 - 29 August.  Taking inspiration from their newly redesigned Broad Walk, we will be highlighting the beauty of Silk Shading and the influence of horticulture on embroidery.  And on Monday 29 August Dr Susan Kay-Williams will be giving two short talks about flowers in embroidery, With Just a Needle & Thread. Flowers are the most common subject for embroidery. This talk will feature works from the RSN Collection that highlight some of the flowers in the newly planted Borders.' Entry tickets to Kew Gardens apply. Click here for more details.
Open House London, Hampton Court Palace, 17 & 18 September
We are delighted to be part of Open House London, the capitals largest annual festival of architecture and design, which takes place on the weekend of 17-18 September at the RSN base in Hampton Court Palace. 
Visitors will enter the RSN Embroidery Studios, part of the Baroque Palace built for King William III and Queen Mary II.  You will learn about part of the Tudor Palace survival hidden under our floorboards and see how this space is used by the RSN today. Find more information here.
Blackwork Embroidery, Fashion Museum Bath, 1 October
Based directly on a man’s Blackwork embroidered shirt from 1600, this class will reference the motif on the shirt, using both traditional embroidery and counted Blackwork patterns to create your own piece of historic embroidery.  The class price includes a ticket to the Fashion Museum to be used during October. Find out more here.

The Knitting & Stitching Show, London, 5 - 9 October 
Take part in introductory workshops taking place each day, book  here:
•    Introduction to Goldwork Peacock Feather (Wed 5, Fri 7 and Sun 9 Oct)
•    Introduction to Blackwork (Thurs 6 and Sat 8 Oct)

RSN Chief Executive, Dr Susan Kay-Williams, will also give two talks:
•    ‘From Whitework to White Walker’ (Friday 7 Oct),  highlighting the range and repertoire of embroidery through the works of RSN students.
•    Stitch in Fashion (Sat 8 Oct) a visual lecture on the history of embroidery in fashion, what you need to think about when embroidering for fashion and examples of embroidery in 2016 fashion.

The Knitting & Stitching Show, Dublin, 20 - 23 October. Stand TG11

Take part in our introductory workshops taking place each day:
•    Introduction to Blackwork (Thurs 20, Sun 23 Oct)
•    Introduction to Goldwork Peacock Feather (Fri 21 Oct)
 West Country Quilt & Textile Show, UWE, Bristol,  11-13 November
RSN Bristol will be exhibiting for the first time at the South West’s showcase of patchwork, quilting, sewing and embroidery. More information here.

 The Knitting & Stitching Show, Harrogate,  24-27 November. Stand C290

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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