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RSN in-house exhibitions
Inspired by the Garden - September 2014 to March 2015
Without doubt flowers, along with birds, butterflies and other elements of the garden have been the most frequent subject for embroidery. This exhibition will feature work from the RSN Collection along with contemporary pieces by RSN students that have all been inspired by the natural world in a wide variety of techniques. Historical pieces start from the 18th century and the exhibition will come right up to date with pieces submitted for the Degree, Certificate and Diploma in summer 2014.

Whitework -  May to December 2015
Whitework incorporates many different stitches, named techniques and uses from wedding veils to christening gowns, collars to cuffs, shawls to handkerchiefs, but all usually worked in white or cream thread on a white or cream ground. This exhibition, co curated by Dr Clare Rose, Contextual Studies Lecturer on the RSN Degree programme and Dr Susan Kay-Williams, Chief Executive will include some exquisite and varied examples of whitework from its Collection including collars, cuffs and sleeves, christening robes and dresses, handkerchiefs, caps and bonnets, table cloths and bed linens as well as a few more unusual items.


RSN external exhibitions
1) Black, White and Colour at Cumberland Lodge: July to November 2014

Focusing on blackwork, whitework and silk shading techniques our exhibition will include work by students from across all our courses, mixed with RSN Collection pieces.  

Public Open Days on set dates More information here
Dates for private groups (minimum of 10 people) by appointment

Cumberland Lodge, The Great Park, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 2HP
Contact Jennifer Streek   E: 
T: +44(0)1784 497785 (Mon to Thu)

2) The Art of Embroidery
Nicola Jarvis's exhibition is inspired by the iconic drawings, textile designs and embroideries of William Morris and his daughter May.  She combines her love of nature and English embroidery to create this collection of intricate drawings and exquisite textiles. The embroidered textiles are designed by Nicola and stitched by highly skilled friends and colleagues in the needlecraft industry, and mostly by Royal School of Needlework students.  She has been awarded Arts Council funding to tour the show to a number of venues around the UK.

Nicola is an RSN Graduate Apprentice and a freelance designer and embroiderer with many years experience as a practising artist.  She is also a tutor at the RSN Rugby satellite teaching centre at  Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

Coach House, William Morris Society, Kelmscott House, Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London W6 9TA
Saturday 16 August - Saturday 18 October, 2014
The show is open to the public every Thursday and Saturday from 11am to 5pm


2) Knitting & Stitching Shows 2014
8 -12 October - Alexandra Palace, London (Stand TGC1 in the West Hall) 
Special Discount Code For Alexandra Palace show
We have arranged for a special discount on entry tickets for this show – just quote G14 when booking tickets via the website or on the ticket booking line and you’ll receive a reduction of £2 off the normal adult ticket price of £

30 October - 2 November - RDS Dublin (Stand  TG6)
20 - 23 November - HIC Harrogate (Stand CT90)

More information here

2) For Worship & Glory at Ely Cathedral: 4 to 28 February 2015
A unique exhibition of Ecclesiastical Embroidery from the collections of the Royal School of Needlework and Ely Cathedral

Monday – Saturday | 9am – 4pm and  Sunday | 12noon – 4pm
Price £8.00 | Student £2.50 (includes Cathedral entry) Children under 16 free when accompanied by an adult

More information here
For bookings email: or T: +44(0)1353 660349




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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