Helen McCook

Helen McCook is the author of the Goldwork RSN Essential Stitch Guide. She teaches at the RSN on both our Day Classes and Certificate & Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery both in the UK and the United States. She also teaches the Certificate & Diploma programme at RSN Scotland, in Glasgow.

Helen was appointed as the first artist in residence for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s educative initiative and works as an associate lecturer at Scottish National Portrait Gallery/Scottish National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery (London) and Holyrood Palace.

Helen worked as part of the RSN team which created the embellishment for the shoes; veil and wedding dress for Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and has worked on a variety of private commissions. After completing a BA (Hons) Degree and the RSN Apprenticeship, Helen worked in a range of high profile roles in the textiles industry, working for both auction houses and ateliers. She has extensive experience in theatre and film costume, and pieces of her work can be found in private collections and galleries worldwide, including in the British Royal Collection. Her work has been featured in publications such as: Embroidery, Selvedge, Vogue and Vanity Fair.

Helen is the RSN Tutor for the successful RSN Online Course to Blackwork which launched in July 2018.

In 2023, Helen was honoured to be part of the Embroidery Studio team at the Royal School of Needlework who worked on a number of items for the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla, including The Queen’s Robe of Estate, the Anointing Screen, Chairs of State and the Stole Royal.”

Courses

Start Date Name Details Location Price Availability
30/07/2024

SS24ONL502 Windsor Celebration: ‘Inspired by a design in the RSN Collection’ NEW

£1,210.00 Sold out
£1,210.00 Sold out
05/08/2024

SS24HCP503 Windsor Celebration: ‘Inspired by a design in the RSN Collection’ NEW ISS24: Hampton Court

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU £1,210.00 Sold out
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU £1,210.00 Sold out
01/09/2024

RCT 117 Holyrood Thistle inspired by Style & Society: Dressing the Georgians at the Palace of Holyroodhouse (Onsite)

, Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX £175.00 Sold out
, Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX £175.00 Sold out