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Royal School of Needlework

The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) is the international centre of excellence for the art of hand embroidery.  

Based at Hampton Court Palace, the RSN is steeped in history with unrivalled expertise in the techniques of hand embroidery, and have taken this captivating, traditional art and made it relevant today.

The Fashion Museum Bath partners with the RSN to provide a series of classes based on objects in our current exhibitions. Each class includes a curator-led viewing of the object on display in the current exhibition at the start of the session. Classes are usually held on the first and third Saturday of the month, May-August – details can be found on the events pages of the website.

Tutor profiles:

Image: Deborah Wilding

Deborah Wilding
Deborah graduated from the RSN Future Tutors Programme with distinction and is based at RSN Bristol, teaching Certificate & Diploma and Day Classes. She also teaches for the RSN across the UK and works on various RSN Studio projects.

In 2015 Deborah was chosen as an artist working as part of the “Shaun in the City” project with her sculpture, Ruffles. After a number of exhibitions around the country, the sculpture was auctioned to raise money for the Aardman Grand Appeal.

Image: Kate Barlow

Kate Barlow
Kate graduated from the Future Tutors Programme at the RSN with distinction. She now teaches for the RSN, in Day Classes and on the Degree programme, and works as a member of the RSN Studio.

During her time at the RSN Kate has worked on 'Magna Carta (An Embroidery)' designed by Cornelia Parker, on a gown designed by Nicholas Oakwell for the GREAT Britain Campaign, and on a silk wedding dress for the late L’Wren Scott. In 2015 Kate’s Advanced Silk Shaded budgie “Smuggler” was accepted by the Royal Academy of Arts for their annual Summer Exhibition.

Image: Lisa Bilby

Lisa Bilby 
Lisa teaches on the RSN Certificate & Diploma and Degree programmes as well as working on a variety of commissions for the RSN Studio. Graduating from the RSN Apprenticeship, Lisa won several prizes including the Hilda Watson prize for Silk Shading and the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers prize for Goldwork.

She was part of the embroidery team who worked on HRH The Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress in 2011, an Oscar dress for Naomie Harris in 2013, a wedding dress for the late L’Wren Scott and Cornelia Parker's ‘Magna Carta (An Embroidery)’ which was exhibited in the British Library.