RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Whitework


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A new, larger format edition of the Royal School of Needlework’s essential guide to whitework.

The Royal School of Needlework teaches hand embroidery to the highest standard, developing techniques in new and innovative ways. Written by RSN apprentice and tutor Lizzy Lansberry, this book contains an extensive stitch guide, as well as guidance on the materials and equipment you need; how to design your own whitework embroidery; framing up; and positioning and transferring your design. Each stitch is clearly illustrated with step-by-step photography, along with expert instruction on how to form the stitch and use it in your needlework. With an introduction to the RSN and a brief history of whitework, together with numerous traditional and contemporary examples, this book provides an essential guide to this classic form of embroidery.

Table of Contents

The Royal School of Needlework 6
Introduction 8
The history of whitework 10
Materials & equipment 12
Design 20
The order of work 24
Framing up 26
Transferring a design 30
Getting started 32

Pulled thread stitches 34
Core surface stitches 49
Eyelets 64
Drawn thread stitches 66
Cutwork 78
Taking care of your embroidery 81

Butterfly 82
Angelfish 84

Reworking a traditional design 86
Further techniques 90

Japanese Garden 94

Index 96

About the Author

About Lizzy Lansberry

Lizzy Lansberry graduated from the Royal School of Needlework’s three-year apprenticeship in 2009. During her time at the RSN it became clear that her passion was for fine, detailed embroidery and whitework in particular. She also loves to create beautifully hand-embroidered heirloom pieces such as jewellery, and to restore antique textiles. Lizzy now works from her studio in Surrey, with her little helper Pippin the Parson Russell Terrier, developing her range of kits and products, as well as taking on conservation and restoration commissions. She also teaches hand embroidery to groups and individuals all over the UK, including the Royal School of Needlework.

Perhaps most notably Lizzy has worked on embroidery designs with the Royal Opera House and was privileged to be involved in the creation of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton’s wedding gown!

Additional information

Weight .520 kg
Dimensions 30 × 20 × 5 cm