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Royal School of Needlework

Welcome to the Royal School of Needlework The International Centre
of Excellence for the
Art of Hand Embroidery

Tutors: Helen McCook

Helen McCook is the author of the Goldwork - RSN Essential Stitch Guide. She teaches at the RSN on both our Day Classes and Certificate & Diploma both in the UK and the United States. She also teaches the Certificate & Diploma programme at RSN Scotland.

Helen was appointed as the first artist in residence for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s educative initiative and works as an associate lecturer at Scottish National Portrait Gallery/Scottish National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery (London) and Holyrood Palace.

Helen worked as part of the RSN team which created the embellishment for the shoes; veil and wedding dress for HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, and has worked on a variety of private commissions. After completing a BA (Hons) Degree and the RSN Apprenticeship, Helen worked in a range of high profile roles in the textiles industry, working for both auction houses and ateliers. She has extensive experience in theatre and film costume, and pieces of her work can be found in private collections and galleries worldwide, including in the British Royal Collection. Her work has been featured in publications such as: Embroidery, Selvedge, Vogue and Vanity Fair.

Helen will be teaching at the RSN USA Summer School in Lexington, Kentucky in 2018. 

Upcoming courses by Helen McCook

Date Course Title
11/08/2018 Introduction to Goldwork: 'Flower' - Glasgow View
12/08/2018 Introduction to Box Making - Glasgow View
15/08/2018 Masterclass: Goldwork Or Nué: 'Fleeting Freedom' - Glasgow View
22/09/2018 Opus Anglicanum Mermaid - Hampton Court View
23/09/2018 Introduction to Goldwork: 'Flower' - Hampton Court View
13/10/2018 Introduction to Blackwork: 'Leaf' - Hampton Court View
17/11/2018 Introduction to Blackwork: 'Leaf' - Glasgow View