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The Embroidered Home – New Exhibition at the Royal School of Needlework

By Mark Hayhurst 03 Oct 2018

The Royal School of Needlework will be opening its doors and welcoming visitors to its next exhibition The Embroidered Home.

Opening from January 28 at Hampton Court Palace, the exhibition reflects how homes have historically been decorated with embroidered pieces. The new display will feature pieces from the RSN’s unique Collection and illustrate how embroidery has been used to beautify the domestic environment.

The exhibits are worked in a variety of techniques and include bedspreads, sheets, tablecloths, cushion covers, fire screens as well as smaller items such as letter holders and table mats. The exhibition embodies a fascinating social history from the 19th and 20th centuries with many pieces telling stories of their own.

Dr Susan Kay-Williams, Chief Executive of the Royal School of Needlework, said: “After our look at embroidery in fashion in our exhibition earlier in the year, many people commented that, of course, fashion was not the only area of life to be embellished. So we now turn to the RSN Collection and all the items that reflect how homes have been decorated with embroidered pieces from pillow cases to antimacassars. We are sure that our unique display will evoke many memories for our visitors.”

Tours start from £16 per person and the exhibition runs until August 2019. Book your place and feel ‘at home’ at the RSN’s new Embroidered Home exhibition.

There are different Tour options including a Talk & Tour; Curator’s Tour, Tour & Taster embroidery workshop and Family Stitch Workshop.

Visit the website www.royal-needlework.org.uk or email: education@royal-needlework.org.uk. The exhibition is in the RSN’s Embroidery Studios at Hampton Court Palace and only open on set days, so pre-booking is essential.

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