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Tutors: Helen McCook

Helen McCook graduated in Printed & Dyed Textiles with Art History in 2000 and then spent three years training in hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework. On completing the RSN Apprenticeship, she worked as Head of Costume and Textiles at Bonham’s Auction House where she developed her expertise, particularly in 16th and 17th century embroidery. Helen continued to teach and lecture for the RSN while she was at Bonhams and then during a year spent as Atelier and Production Manager for the embroiderers Hand & Lock.  Images of garments displaying her work for fashion companies have been used in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle Collections and Hello Magazine. In 2008, she began a freelance career and now runs workshops and lectures throughout Britain and America.

She teaches regularly on the RSN’s Day Classes and Certificate and Diploma courses at Hampton Court Palace.  She also works on a range of projects including designing, making, exhibiting and consultancy work on valuing, handling and displaying antique textiles.  Helen has displayed work in the Kitagawa Gallery in Tokyo, Japan as part of the British/Japanese Council celebration of 150 years trade as well as in a number of galleries in Britain.

Upcoming courses by Helen McCook

Date Course Title
22/11/2014 Tudor Inspired Blackwork View
24/01/2015 Silk & Gold inspired by 18 Century Waistcoat View
07/02/2015 Introduction to Canvas Shading View
28/02/2015 Minature Tassel Making View
01/03/2015 Beginner's Applique and Surface Embellishment View
09/05/2015 Whitework Sampler View