The Royal School of Needlework teaches hand embroidery to the highest standard, developing techniques in new and innovative ways. This book includes an extensive stitch guide, covering all the stitches necessary for crewel embroidery, a design section, and a history of the Royal School itself.
Jacqui McDonald's background lies in the conservation and restoration of antiquities and she spent seven years caring for the contents of some of the most beautiful houses in the National Trust. It was here that her passion for embroidery was born. Having been constantly surrounded by beautiful textile furnishings such as tapestries, bed hanging's, tassels and furniture upholstered in the most exquisite petit point, her inquisitive, artistic and practical nature inevitably led her to recreate items for herself. The passion for her new hobby was so powerful, that it was not long before she made the decision to sacrifice the perfect job to join the Royal school of Needlework's three-year apprenticeship. The long-term plan was to combine her conservation skills with all the traditional hand embroidery techniques she was learning, to preserve textile heirlooms for the future. Jacqui flourished at the school, and became more confident drawing, designing and working out how to produce ideas with accuracy and precision. On graduating top of the class and attaining a triple distinction, she decided to become a freelance embroiderer and now works from her studio in Hampshire as well as attending the RSN in a teaching role where she enjoys passing on her skills and experiences to others passionate about embroidery. Jacqui's designs are still heavily influenced by traditional interiors and historical architecture that she enjoyed during her time with the National Trust and whilst studying at Hampton Court Palace.
The Royal School of Needlework 6 Introduction 8 The history of crewelework 10 Materials and equipment 12 Design and using colour 18 Framing up 24 Positioning the design 28 Transferring hte design 29 Starting to stitch 30 + STITCHES 32 Essential stitches 34 Filling stitches 36 Outline stitches 56 Surface stitches 70 + Building up your design 84 Index 96