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. Helen also teaches the Certificate & Diploma programme at RSN Scotland and was appointed as the first artist in residence for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s educative initiative.

Working as part of the RSN team which created the embellishment for the shoes; veil and wedding dress for Katherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and Helen 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.

Upcoming courses by Helen McCook

Date Course Title
14/08/2017 Historic Blackwork Sampler - Hampton Court View
19/08/2017 Historic Stitches Sampler Inspired by Palace Portraits - Hampton Court View
02/09/2017 Mini Tassels - Glasgow View
07/09/2017 Historic Stitches Sampler Inspired by Glasgow Art Club - Glasgow View
18/09/2017 Masterclass: Goldwork Or Nué - Hampton Court View
04/11/2017 Design Masterclass: Stitch Plan & Stitch Sampling - Glasgow View
18/11/2017 Design Masterclass: Stitch Plan & Stitch Sampling - Hampton Court View
02/12/2017 Silk Shading & Metal Thread Sampler - Hampton Court View