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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.


RSN Durham Certificate and Diploma Summer Exhibition (18 – 20 August)
Come and see a wide range of students’ work from RSN Durham.  The exhibition runs from 10am – 4pm at Studio 3, Fowlers Yard, Durham City DH1 3RA.

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, including Downton Abbey, Mr Selfridge, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Scandalous Lady W, The Crimson Field, Wolf Hall and The Danish Girl. It will include some beautiful dresses worn by stars such as Cary Mulligan and Natalie Dormer and Eddie Redmayne.
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. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to get up close to the costumes to see the designs and craftsmanship that they have enjoyed on screen.
RSN CE Dr Susan Kay-Williams will give a Talk on Wednesday 24 August at 2.30pm, entitled ‘Embroidery in costume and fashion’ which will take us from the 18th century court to the Oscar red carpet, and from Rodeo Drive to the High Street. For more information click here.

CREATE! Workshop, Contemporary Hand Embroidery, for 16-19 year olds, Victoria & Albert Museum, 19 August 
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we will be teaching a ‘Contemporary Hand Embroidery’ workshop for 16-19 year olds on 19 August at the V&A museum.  As part of the V&A’s CREATE! programme, attendees will be inspired by the museum’s collections to create their own embellished and embroidered over-sized ‘button’ as a fashion accessory.  With an increasing demand in bespoke fashion accessories, this is a perfect workshop for budding fashionistas and trend-setters who like to stand out from the crowd.  Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.  Click here to book.
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.  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.
The Knitting & Stitching Show, London,  5–9 October. Stand – TG9 and FT stand TGF15. Book onto our workshops here.

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