Royal School of Needlework

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

Tutors: Kate Barlow

Kate graduated from the Future Tutors Programme at the RSN with distinction. She now teaches for the RSN, in Day Classes and on the Degree programme, and works as a member of the RSN Studio. During her time at the RSN she has worked on 'Magna Carta (An Embroidery)' designed by Cornelia Parker, on a gown designed by Nicholas Oakwell for the GREAT Britain Campaign, and on a L’Wren Scott silk wedding dress.

Before coming to the RSN, Kate studied costume at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff where she graduated in 2001 with a BA Hons in Theatre Design. Following this she worked as a freelance costume maker and then as part of the Touring Wardrobe department at the Welsh National Opera. 

In 2015, Kate’s Advanced Silk Shaded budgie “Smuggler” was accepted by the Royal Academy of Arts for their annual Summer Exhibition.

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


Upcoming courses by Kate Barlow

Date Course Title
04/08/2018 Bespoke Embroidery: Inspired by Court Gown (1900) - Fashion Museum Bath View
06/08/2018 Silk Shading & Goldwork: ‘Carousel Horse’ - Hampton Court View
12/08/2018 Introduction to Embroidery: 'Russian Doll' - Hampton Court View
24/11/2018 Vintage Christmas Baubles - Hampton Court View
02/12/2018 Christmas Candy Raised Embroidery Brooch - Hampton Court View