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RSN in-house exhibitions & events

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.  More information here

Peacocks and Pomegranates -January to July 2015

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 about 100 pieces in the exhibition representing a variety of materials and techniques. More information here

External Exhibitions & Events

The Autumn Knitting and Stitching Shows 2015

We'll be teaching Introduction to Embroidery and Goldwork Learning Curve Workshops at
Dublin: 12–15 November

Harrogate: 26–29 November

2016 Shows

For Worship and Glory, Chester Cathedral: February 2016

The Knitting and Stitching Show, Olympia:  3-6 March (Workshops only)

Stitching and Sewing, SECC Glasgow: 3-6 March

Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch, NEC Birmingham: 17-20 March

Landmark Trust Contemporary Textiles Fair, Teddington: 18-20 March (Workshops only)

Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts, ExCel: 7-9 April

Bath in Fashion, Bath: 18-24 April (Workshops only)





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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