The Royal School of Needlework’s latest exhibition “Stories in Stitch” at Hampton Court Palace, London opens in September 2016 and will run through to March 2017. You will be able to see favourite stories brought to life with the Art of Hand Embroidery through a wide range of Hand Embroideries in Appliqué, Stumpwork and Raised Embroidery, featuring pieces from the RSN’s Archive Collection and its Students.
The RSN’s website advise that:
Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in these three enchanting techniques which lend themselves so perfectly to the world of storytelling. Whether the piece tells the whole story or just a vignette, visitors will be captivated by embroideries based on songs, nursery rhymes, film scenes and ranging from the mythical to the domestic.
The historic heart of the exhibition will feature two 17th century pieces in Stumpwork when this technique was at its most popular, including details of how they were worked and how the colours have now changed. It will then sweep into the 20th and 21st centuries using the range of themes in Stumpwork and Appliqué covered by our current RSN Diploma, Future Tutor and Degree students. The exhibition will also include Raised Embroidery featuring more three-dimensional objects, for example in jewellery.
The RSN offer Family Tours on select dates throughout the year which are ideal for families with young children. They also offer tours followed by a taster hand embroidery session inspired by the exhibition itself. Commencing at 11am in the morning with an illustrated talk, a senior member of staff will share fascinating historical facts and information about the Royal School of Needlework. Visitors will then have the opportunity to view the exquisite pieces in the Stories in Stitch Exhibition. In the afternoon, the taster class will introduce you to a variety of embroidery stitches and techniques guided by our expert RSN Tutors, the class will finish at 4pm.
MARY CORBETrecently reviewed The RSN Applique: Techniques, Projects and Pure Inspiration by Kate Cross, one of their trained experts and teachers. After reading the review we purchased the book and it is well worthy of a place in a needleworker’s library.
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