This project has been launched to encourage more stitch in schools and help young people to learn about the fun, creativity and the therapeutic aspects of stitchIt is primarily aimed at Secondary Schools, focusing on Years 7 and 8, but it could be used with older pupils too.

NEW FOR 2021! We have launched a new series of videos to inspire students to pick up a needle and thread.  The videos demonstrate the basics of needlework as well as how to do key outline and filling stitches.  They are four videos available on the RoyalNeedlework YouTube channel and easily accessed online to view in the classroom or at home. 

The Royal School of Needlework also has a limited number of kits available, free of charge, for schools.  Each kit includes a booklet of ideas, threads, needles, fabrics, hoops and scissors.

Express Yourself Through Stitch

The project provides a focus for the pupils and teachers, enabling the children to reflect about themselves and prompting discussion points in the class.  Expressing yourself through stitch can help to build self-esteem and motivate, whilst the focus and soothing flow of stitch can block out anxiety and stress.

Inspiring a New Generation of Embroiderers

Jamie Chalmers, aka Mr X Stitch, is a guest lecturer at the Royal School of Needlework and agreed to be an Ambassador for the ‘Embroider a Selfie’ project.

Jamie met with some of our Degree in Hand Embroidery Students and inspired them to express their feelings by ‘Stitching a Power Mantra’.  The Mantra can be any inspirational word or expression that helps motivate or provide a goal.

How to Apply

We have limited number of kits available so we are asking schools to send in a bid to receive one.   If you would like your school to receive a kit, please send an email to [email protected] , titled ‘Embroider a Selfie project’ with the following information:
  • The name and address of the school
  • Your name and email address at school
  • Your role at the school
  • How would you envisage using the kit?
  • How would your school benefit from this opportunity?

The RSN will select schools based on the commitment of the teacher to the project.  We particularly encourage schools in more disadvantaged areas to apply.

Thank you to the Worshipful Company of Girdlers and suppliers who have supported this project.