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1870s in Britain: a Breakthrough for Education, Textiles and Embroidery

By the 1870s, there had been radical changes in Britain. The Industrial Revolution had been in progress for a century. The sources of power such as water, steam and electricity were developing and being accepted, manufacturing machinery was widely used, transportation systems were growing as were imports and exports, there had been a mass migration […]

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Getting Closer to the Founding of the Royal School of Needlework

Life’s events often seem to be the outcome of other events and a grand intermingling of individual and historical influences. Far fetched though it may seem, the founding of the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) was one of the outcomes of the Industrial Revolution. In Britain, this started in the mid 1700s with the invention […]

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Another Beryl Dean Embroidery

Earlier this week, while looking for something else, I found a photo of another of Beryl Dean’s panels. They were commissioned by The Friends of St George’s Chapel. This Chapel is within the grounds of Windsor Castle. This one, The Annunciation, is the first in a series of five. The finished size is 9′ x […]

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Windsor Castle and St. George’s Chapel

I have been on vacation in England and Europe visiting lifelong friends and family. Yes, I had a wonderful time because it is such a treat to see everyone and to spend time in London and the Channel Islands. My cousin, who had written ahead and made the arrangements, and I visited Windsor specifically to […]

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Royal School of Needlework – Part 5: Extended

The earlier RSN post triggered many responses and more information which I am delighted to share with you. Marion Scoular, who many of you know, and who was a student at RSN just after I left, tells me that the gown worn by the Queen for her Coronation, was not only designed by Norman Hartnell […]

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Royal School of Needlework – Part 5: We Hit the Jackpot!

Every now and again, the internet delivers a wonderful surprise. In early September, Debbie, who lives in Shropshire, England sent me a brief note saying she was able to identify the young lady who was stitching the GoldWork Sampler in the class photo at The Royal School of Needlework. Would I like to know her […]

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Burden Stitch – Part Two: a Tutorial

If you are using Burden Stitch as part of a design, you will have already decided on how you plan to complete the surrounding areas. On this sample, which is going nowhere except onto this blog, I had to decide on completion. The decision was a solid blue background around the area on the right […]

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Royal School of Needlework – Part Four: Designing

Remembering is fun especially when there is someone else to share memories and add to them. I am indebted to Gillian Cox, now Creelman (the dark haired young lady, second from the right in the first class room photo in my July 4 posting). We were both very happy to learn professional techniques from the […]

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Royal School of Needlework – Part Three

It is more than time to return to my account of being a student in the 1950s at the Royal School of Needlework. Part Two is dated March 25, 2013 and available for you to establish continuity. On Friday, April 6, 1951, The Times Educational Supplement published a full page article called the Tradition of […]

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Royal School of Needlework – Part Two: Let’s Step Inside

In early September 1950, the rest of my life started. Having just turned 17, and leaving an unhappy school life behind, I started travelling daily from an outer region of London into Kensington and Prince’s Gate. RSN was housed in a magnificent building which had seen even more grandiose days in the previous century. The […]

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