Royal School of Needlework Reunites with the Overlord Embroidery


Royal School of Needlework

The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) is delighted to announce its new collaboration with The D-Day Story in Portsmouth. The D-Day Story is the only museum in the UK dedicated to the allied landings of Normandy in June 1944 – codenamed ‘Operation Overlord, and features the unique 272 feet ‘Overlord Embroidery’ which was stitched by the Royal School of Needlework.

Overlord Embroidery panel 28, © The D-Day Story, Portsmouth
Overlord Embroidery panel 28, © The D-Day Story, Portsmouth

The “Overlord Embroidery’ tells the story of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. It was created by a team of 20 specialist stitchers at the Royal School of Needlework and took five years to complete, with the final panel finished in January 1974. The embroidery consists of 34 panels, each 8 feet long and 3 feet high. It is 41 feet longer than the 11th century Bayeux Tapestry and in many ways the Overlord is its modern day counterpart.

More than 50 different materials were used in the ‘Overlord Embroidery’ and although it was created over 25 years after the actual events, the RSN sourced fabrics from the uniforms of that time to match the design as closely as possible.

Royal School of Needlework Blackwork Class at DDay Story
Royal School of Needlework Blackwork Class at The D-Day Story

The new collaboration will see the Royal School of Needlework teach a series of classes at The D-Day Story museum in Portsmouth inspired by the ‘Overlord Embroidery’. The classes will run on 22 March (Appliqué), 24 May (Blackwork) and 5 July (Goldwork). Each class costs £84 (plus a kit cost of £25) and runs from 10.45am – 4.45pm. To book your place, visit royal-needlework.org.uk or call 020 3166 6932.


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