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External exhibitions & events

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 in Cambridgeshire.  RSN tutor-led embroidery workshops (Sold Out!) and two lectures by RSN Chief Executive, Dr Susan Kay-Williams.   (Advanced booking is required for the lectures)

•    5 February: 6.30pm, Lecture 'For Worship & Glory'
•    24 February: 6.30pm, Lecture 'With just a needle & thread'

Cathedral Opening times: 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 or T: +44(0)1353 660349


On Wednesday 25 March we will lead two design-inspired embroidery “Beautiful Button” Workshops at lifestyle store Anthropologie in central Bath.  Participants will create their personalised embellished and embroidered oversized button as their own fashion accessory to take home and wear.  Dr Susan Kay-Williams will also give a lecture at the Fashion Museum, Bath, entitled ‘Embellishing Fashion: the RSN and its fashion work’.  Finally, RSN Degree work will be on display within the store for the duration of the Bath in Fashion Festival.
Booking for the Workshops and Lecture will be open from mid-February 2015. More information at

The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, Olympia London 2015
We will be leading 1.5 hour Learning Curve Workshops in Blackwork and Whitework Mountmellick on Thursday 5 March at 10.30am and 1.30pm (although we won’t have an exhibition stand).  So if you want to plan a really embroidery-focused weekend in London you could combine this with the RSN Grand Sale!
More information

The Autumn Knitting and Stitching Shows 2015

Alexandra Palace:  7-11 October
Dublin:  12– 15 November
Harrogate: 26 – 29 November


RSN in-house exhibitions & events

RSN Grand Sale
Friday 6 & Saturday 7 March 2015
RSN Studio, East Front, Hampton Court Palace 10am – 4pm

Admission: £3 which included entry to our Grand Raffle

We’ll be selling embroidery, needlework & craft related items including kits, materials & equipment; one-off collectables, vintage clothing & accessories. 
All money raised will go towards supporting RSN projects.   If you have embroidery/needlework related items you would like to donate for us to sell please contact Jane Hitchinson or T: +44(0)20 3166 6936

Inspired by the Garden - until 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 Summer Exhibtion of Certificate & Diploma students' work
30 June to 6 July 2015

RSN Studio East Front, Hamton Court Palace  10am to 5pm


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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