Welcome to the Royal School of Needlework The International Centre
of Excellence for the
Art of Hand Embroidery
Stories in Stitch Exhibition
Come to our Stories in Stitch exhibition and see your favourite stories brought to life with the Art of Hand Embroidery. The latest exhibition, opening in September and running through till March, 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.
Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in these three enchanting techniques which lend themselves so perfectly to the world of storytelling. Whether the piece tells the whole story or just a vignette, visitors will be captivated by embroideries based on songs, nursery rhymes, film scenes and ranging from the mythical to the domestic.
The historic heart of the exhibition will feature two 17th century pieces in Stumpwork when this technique was at its most popular, including details of how they were worked and how the colours have now changed. It will then sweep into the 20th and 21st centuries using the range of themes in Stumpwork and Appliqué covered by our current RSN Diploma, Future Tutor and Degree students. The exhibition will also include Raised Embroidery featuring more three-dimensional objects, for example in jewellery.
Dr Susan Kay-Williams says;
“I thoroughly enjoyed the RSN’s new Stories in Stitch exhibition and being American, my favourite piece is the Mary Poppins stumpwork embroidery. The opportunity to see RSN stitchers at work was eye opening and an added bonus to the tour. I last visited the RSN on my honeymoon 30 years ago and will definitely be returning to take a class or see a future exhibition.”
Tauna, Indiana, USA
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