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Artist Philip Colbert and the RSN go POP!


Globally established Neo POP artist Philip Colbert is excited to collaborate with the Royal School of Needlework, to create a series of NUDES for London Craft Week 2017. Working on a range of five new artworks, this unique collaboration fuses traditional and contemporary art, revisiting the ...
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IT Project Manager Vacancy


The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) is seeking an experienced Project Manager to oversee the regeneration of the RSN website. We are looking for someone to help source the most appropriate technologies once informed of our needs and to oversee their implementation across the RSN. We are look ...
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Studio Administrator Vacancy


We are seeking a dynamic, customer-facing Studio Administrator to support the Studio and Project Managers. The Studio handles a variety of commissions, from individual clients through to cathedrals and larger organisations. The successful candidate will act as the first point of contact, liaising ...
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Viewings of the RSN Textile Collection


If you would like the opportunity to see more of the RSN’s unique Collection, we open our doors on selected dates throughout the year to showcase some of the items.   Our current Stories in Stitch Exhibition at Hampton Court Palace has been extended until August.  At the ...
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Visit us at RSN Midlands


We are getting ready for our exhibition of RSN Midlands Certificate & Diploma students’ work.  Don’t miss the exhibition at Rugby School’s Lewis Gallery, The Close, Off Barby Road in Rugby.  It will feature a wonderful variety of techniques as well as sketchboo ...
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New RSN Book Coming Soon


The latest title in the Royal School of Needlework Guides series will be released this July. Raised Embroidery - Techniques, Projects & Pure Inspiration by RSN Tutor, Kelley Aldridge, is a practical, instruction guide that offers a complete grounding in the techniques you need for Raised ...
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Degree Exhibition in Devon


Our Second Year Degree Students have been busy working on a new collaboration with the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.  Inspired by our unique Collection, the students have taken influences from this extensive source, from different countries and cultures, which capture the passion for embroidery ...
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Forthcoming Spring Classes


Spring is in full swing at the Royal School of Needlework. With new Day Classes blossoming across the country and even further afield, now is a perfect time to be stitching.   8 April: Introduction to Beadwork, Exeter   Step into summer with this stunning desert ...
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Fuse Embroidery with History


Founded in 1872, the RSN is certainly steeped in history.   If you love history, then why not fuse it with your passion for embroidery and join us for a number of classes taking place around the UK.    RSN Tutor Helen Jones will be teaching a two Day Class in April, May an ...
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Stories in Stitch Exhibition Extended


Due to popular demand we have extended our Stories in Stitch exhibition until August.  So if you haven’t had a chance to come and see it yet, click here for all our Talk & Tour dates.  There are different options to suit all interests including Talk & Tours; Family Tou ...
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Join our Certificate & Diploma


Students achieve the highest standard in the art of hand embroidery with the RSN’s Certificate & Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery. Whether you wish to study hand embroidery for your career, have always wanted to learn and now have the time, or simply want to keep an active mind, ...
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Classes in Fashion Museum Bath


We are delighted to announce that we will be holding four bespoke embroidery classes at the Fashion Museum Bath, one a month this summer. Each class will feature a different technique and design inspired by clothing pieces in the Museum’s exhibition ‘A History of Fashion in 100 ...
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Up Close with our Collection


On 17 May, 21 June and 6 July, there will be a series of themed RSN Collection Study Days presented by Dr Clare Rose who is an international expert in the history of fashion.  Dr Rose is the Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies on the RSN Degree Course and also lectures on the History of Fa ...
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Studio Rescues Ancient Bible


We are never sure how our embroidery skills are going to be used from day to day in the Studio.  The following Studio story relates to an interesting application of those skills, showing just how important it is for the RSN to keep the art of hand embroidery alive. Sokol Books Ltd are an ...
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Men Do Embroidery Too!


  We are on a mission to cast aside the misconception that embroidery is only done by women to encourage more men to take up this traditional skill and art. Dr Susan Kay-Williams, Chief Executive of the Royal School of Needlework said:  “The art of hand embroi ...
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RSN Midlands Exhibition


RSN Midlands will be exhibiting a wide range of pieces from its Certificate & Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery Course.  The exhibition will feature a variety of techniques including Jacobean Crewelwork, Silk Shading, Blackwork and Goldwork as well as sketchbooks and desi ...
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New Royal Patron


We are delighted to announce that The Duchess of Cornwall will be the new Patron of the Royal School of Needlework. At the end of 2016, Buckingham Palace announced that Her Majesty The Queen would be stepping down as Patron from a number of charities, including the RSN.  The Queen became ...
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Restored Altar Frontal for St Mary’s Church


The RSN Studio has the privilege of working on a great variety of projects; large, small, old or new there is always something fascinating to see.   Our Embroidery Studio recently restored an altar frontal from St Mary’s Church in Oatlands, Weybridge.   The piece wa ...
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Open Day at RSN Bristol


We will be holding an Open Day at RSN Bristol on Saturday 28 January, from 10am to 4pm.   Entrance is free.  Visitors will be able to explore the beautiful hand embroideries on display created by our students and find out more about the courses on offer. There will also be liv ...
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New Educational Platform for British Fashion


The Royal School of Needlework is delighted to be part of a collaboration between the British Fashion Council and Google.  Unveiled at The Fashion Awards 2016, the project is an exciting digital educational platform that brings to life the creativity, heritage and craftsmanship of British fa ...
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