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Hand Embroidery Course: Queen Mary's Dolls House

In collaboration with the Royal School of Needlework

The Saloon in Queen Mary's Dolls' House, featuring the sofas which inspired the motif for this course.
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  • 10:00 – 16:30
  • £220.00
  • Tickets for this creative course will be sold through the Royal School of Needlework. To book your place, please click 'Book Now' below which will take you to the booking page on the RSN website.
  • Adults

    To celebrate the centenary Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, join us to stitch this gorgeous Wildflower Posy motif influenced by the embroidery on small-scale sofas in the Saloon room. Run in collaboration with the Royal School of Needlework, this course will also include a private view of the Dolls’ House, led by one of our curators.

    RSN Tutor, Sarah Smith’s beautiful design is inspired by a pair of tiny Turner, Lord and Company sofas commissioned for the Dolls’ House. Students will have the opportunity to stitch this design at a similar scale to the original sofas, in order to appreciate the skill and craftsmanship involved in their construction, but will also be provided with a larger scale alternative to be worked should eyesight or confidence be a problem.

    The miniature design is worked on silk gauze of 40 holes per inch, and can be placed in a pendant measuring 3 x 4 cm and the larger design can be worked on 18 holes per inch canvas and will measure approximately 6 x 9 cm. Materials and instructions for both are included in the class. We have also included a pendant and gold plated chain in your kit so you may wear your embroidered Wildflower Posy with pride.

    The embroidery techniques covered in this class will include:
    preparing the canvas/silk gauze to be worked in the hole; starting and finishing your thread; learning the three stitches used in Canvaswork and when to use them, plus tips for following a charted design.

    This class is suitable for all levels of skill from beginner to advanced. Your kit will include everything you require to complete the project after the class. You may like to bring your own lights or magnifiers (battery operated only), but you will be able to borrow ring frames and scissors on the day. Please do not bring your own scissors.

    The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.