ADOPT A STITCH TO PRESERVE IT FOR THE FUTURE
The RSN Stitch Bank aims to be a ‘world directory’ of stitch and digitally conserve and preserve every stitch in the world, becoming the biggest repository of stitch in the world.
Stitches from history have been lost because they fall out of use. Textiles and the knowledge of stitches throughout the world continue to be threatened by wars and other disturbances, as well as changes in manufacturing processes.
The RSN Stitch Bank is available online, at no cost, to all stitchers, tutors, curators, historians, researchers and students around the world. Stitchers can find new stitches to use in a project and learn how to make it using videos, written instructions, illustrations and photographs for each stitch. Researchers, curators, historians and students can use the site to learn about the use, structure and history of each stitch in a range of embroidery techniques and to identify a stitch on a textile.
The RSN Stitch Bank launched in September 2021 with an initial 150 stitches to kick start celebrations for our 150th anniversary in 2022. As of January 2024 there are now 375 stitches on the site, with new stitches added every season.
You can help us by Adopting a Stitch:
You can opt to be the Founding Sponsor for a stitch (£300 one-off donation) or join with others as an Annual Supporter for any stitch you wish (£25/year per stitch). Or you can donate any amount, however small, towards helping us keep the RSN Stitch Bank free for everyone to use.
If you select to be a Founding Sponsor, we will be in touch with you to discuss upcoming stitches that are available for sponsorship. If you select to be an Annual Supporter, please make a note of the name of the stitch you wish to sponsor in the ‘notes’ section of your order – please visit the RSN Stitch Bank to view all the current available stitches.
To get started with your donation, please make a selection at the top of this page.
The RSN is a registered charity (No. 312774) so every donation we receive means a great deal to us. We receive no government funding, so rely on your generous support to ensure hand embroidery is both preserved and developed for future generations.
US Tax payers – If you need a receipt suitable for your tax return, please donate via our US Donation Page and not via this page. Thank you.