The opening of our next exhibition, Stitch is International, is currently postponed and will open in due course, according to Government guidance and our duty of care to visitors, volunteers and staff.  We will be assessing the situation and will update our web page accordingly, but hope to be able to welcome visitors in June.

Celebrating stitch around the world, this latest display will feature pieces from the RSN’s unique Textiles Collection.

Showcasing a rich range of embellished objects, the exhibition includes textiles from Europe, Turkey, the Arab world, Indian sub-continent, China, Japan, North and South America.  Embroidery is an art form which has been used by people from different times and in many different places, including as expressions of high art, folk art and cultural identity.  From Guatemalan Huipil designs and a Japanese kimono to Turkish towels and Indian Goldwork, Stitch is International will be a diverse display of stitches, colours, textures and fashions.

Book a Tour below or contact [email protected]

Visiting the Exhibition
BOOKINGS NOW OPEN!

There are different Exhibition Tour options to suit all interests. We offer bookable Talk & Tours, Curator’s Tours, Tour & Tasters, Family Workshop and Bespoke Group Tours by appointment.

Tours start from just £16 per person and the Exhibition runs until December 2020. Book now .

The exhibition is in the RSN’s Embroidery Studios at Hampton Court Palace and open on set days, so pre-booking is essential.

Tour & Taster Workshop

View the exhibition and complete your RSN experience with a taster hand embroidery session inspired by the Exhibition itself. Your day will begin with a talk by a member of staff who will share fascinating historical facts and information about the Royal School of Needlework. You’ll then have the chance to view the exquisite pieces of embroidery in the Exhibition. In the afternoon, one of our expert RSN Tutors will introduce you to a variety of embroidery stitches and techniques in your taster class.

Tour & Taster Workshops are non-refundable.

Book a Tour & Taster Workshop

Talk & Tour

Book as an individual or a small group to see one of our beautiful, themed Exhibitions displayed in our Studio. You’ll view a selection of exquisite pieces from our Collection plus outstanding embroideries by some of our talented tutors and students. You’ll also learn about the RSN’s history and our Curator’s inspiration behind the exhibition with a 30 minute presentation by an RSN staff member or tutor. Depending on the confidentiality of commissions in our Embroidery Studio you may have the opportunity to see our stitchers working (likely but not guaranteed).

RSN Talk & Tours are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Book a Talk & Tour

If your group consists of more than six people please see Group Tours.

Curator’s Tour

A Curator’s Tour will feature a themed aspect of our Collection in more detail.  You’ll enjoy a short lecture by our Chief Executive Dr Susan Kay-Williams as well as the opportunity to view items from the RSN’s extensive Collection. The items are rarely seen by the public so it’s a real exclusive. A must for the embroidery enthusiast.

RSN Curator’s Tours are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Book a Curator’s Tour (£22 per person)

Request a Group Curator’s Tour (From £22 per person)

We enjoyed the exhibition greatly and, as usual, were overwhelmed by the beauty of the objects on display as well as appreciating the skill involved.

Tour & Taster Workshops

Start Date Name Details Location Category Price Availability
17/06/2020 - 11:00 am

TT25 1 Day Tour & Taster Workshop Korean Flower and Butterfly

£80.00 (*Price includes the cost of £20.00 for the required kit)
£80.00 (*Price includes the cost of £20.00 for the required kit) 12 123
16/07/2020 - 11:00 am

TT26 1 Day Tour & Taster Workshop Schwalm Whitework Bird

£80.00 (*Price includes the cost of £20.00 for the required kit)
£80.00 (*Price includes the cost of £20.00 for the required kit) 12 123
12/08/2020 - 11:00 am

TT27 1 Day Tour & Taster Workshop Schwalm Whitework Bird

£80.00 (*Price includes the cost of £20.00 for the required kit)
£80.00 (*Price includes the cost of £20.00 for the required kit) 10 123
14/10/2020 - 11:00 am

TT28 1 Day Tour & Taster Workshop Korean Flower and Butterfly

£80.00 (*Price includes the cost of £20.00 for the required kit)
£80.00 (*Price includes the cost of £20.00 for the required kit) 12 123
12/11/2020 - 11:00 am

TT29 1 Day Tour & Taster Workshop Korean Flower and Butterfly

£80.00 (*Price includes the cost of £20.00 for the required kit)
£80.00 (*Price includes the cost of £20.00 for the required kit) 12 123
01/12/2020 - 11:00 am

TT30 1 Day Tour & Taster Workshop ‘Winter Flower & Sprig Napkin’

£80.00 (*Price includes the cost of £20.00 for the required kit)
£80.00 (*Price includes the cost of £20.00 for the required kit) 12 123

Curator’s Tours

Start Date Name Details Location Category Price Availability
13/06/2020 - 10:30 am

2 Hour Curator’s Tour, Stitch is International

£22.00
Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, East Molesey, UK £22.00 24 123
13/06/2020 - 2:00 pm

2 Hour Curator’s Tour, Stitch is International

£22.00
Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, East Molesey, UK £22.00 22 123

Talk & Tours

Start Date Name Details Location Category Price Availability
16/06/2020 - 2:00 pm

1.5hr Talk & Tour, Stitch is International

£16.00
Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, East Molesey, UK £16.00 22 123
17/06/2020 - 11:00 am

1.5hr Talk & Tour, Stitch is International

£16.00
Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, East Molesey, UK £16.00 12 123
16/07/2020 - 11:00 am

1.5hr Talk & Tour, Stitch is International

£16.00
Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, East Molesey, UK £16.00 12 123
21/07/2020 - 2:00 pm

1.5hr Talk & Tour, Stitch is International

£16.00
Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, East Molesey, UK £16.00 24 123
12/08/2020 - 11:00 am

1.5hr Talk & Tour, Stitch is International

£16.00
Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, East Molesey, UK £16.00 12 123
13/08/2020 - 2:00 pm

1.5hr Talk & Tour, Stitch is International

£16.00
Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, East Molesey, UK £16.00 22 123