The Royal School of Needlework are looking forward to meeting many of you for their special 140 Anniversary events this autumn!
Why not join them for their Continuous Thread exhibition (September 2012 â€“ March 2013) or for their November Sale (9-10 November).
And you can read more about their 140 years of history in a special 24 page printed newsletter (buy it online here) which features 14 decades of the RSNâ€™s important developments, Studio commissions and education programme and how they remain true to their founding principles of keeping the art of hand embroidery alive.
Note from Mr X Stitch: I’ve been lucky enough to see a copy of the RSN 140 year newsletter and it’s fascinating. Definitely worth buying for an insight into one of the world’s most important embroidery organisations!
Time for another look at some of the great work featured in the forums at Craftster. Note: Although theyâ€™re the pick of this week, they may have appeared before this week.
This week we’re featuring the blackwork of Vicelikeplague!
She put in a lot of time and effort for this, as part of a course in technical hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework. “I don’t like it,” she says, “but I think if I don’t see it for a while it will grow on me!”
See the original Craftster post here, and be sure to come back next week for another great pick from the forums!
Hullo! Iâ€™m Curegreed, and every third Friday of the month Iâ€™ll be telling you all about what goes on at the degree in The Royal School of Needlework. Iâ€™m a student and Iâ€™ll be sharing as Iâ€™m going. Itâ€™s nothing official, but Mr X Stitch thought itâ€™d be interesting. Here goes nothing!
I’m in my second year now at the School. It’s definitely different – but I think the school as a whole is different and not just because it’s second year. Last year was the first year the course has ever run so they used our criticisms to make it better and things, so this year- it’s a better course! Which bodes well for the future, obviously.
The second year feels a lot freer. We are ourselves, to choose our own pathways and to make our own mistakes. It’s also a lot more jam-packed apparently. We have been ‘back at school’ for just over three weeks now. We have finished learning Raised work (stumpwork) and are 2/3 of the way through ‘Advanced Gold’. Seriously. You can imagine how stressed I am. Between working for my grades, working for money and having enough fun (so that living makes sense) I am spent. And that is why I’m going to have to take a step back with these posts. I don’t want to say it’s the end but I have found myself recently being totally unreliable. Both to friends and other commitments. I am going to try and find a first year to continue with my posting. Now that the school is totally different it won’t be like a repeat of last year at all. It’s been fun, but with a heavy heart I’m going to have to say a ‘So-long!’ (but I will see you again, y’understand.)
Let me leave you with what I have done in these past three weeks:
Gavin Fry, remember him? He came back to teach us Raised Work. This was contemporary, this was like nothing else the RSN has ever seen before. We stitched with metre long thread and we tied knots in those threads and we did what we liked. The size of the stitch? Who cares! The style of the stitch? Whatever! Just do it. It was like a super fun stitchy version of Blue Peter. I had a whale of a time. I embroidered around a little mechanical donkey, and then I painted on those stitches and made him into a bull. *GASP* And so, I shall charge out of here with the same gusto that I came in with:
If you want to see my other work then my personal blog is a pretty good place to start: My Little Stitches
If you want to know more, please get in touch! You can email me at: prettyguns.rosa[at]gmail.com
Disclaimer: Curegreedâ€™s view do not necessarily represent those of the Royal School of Needlework, and sheâ€™s not pretending they do. Okay?