Royal School of Needlework

It was my first day at the Royal School of Needlework today. Oh my goodness, I can’t even begin to talk about how overwhelming and wonderful and inspiring and humbling and exciting and terrifying it was.

Now I’m drawing a giant snail crawling up a psychedelic tree for homework. Tomorrow we get taught design by one of my favourite embroidery artists. I’ve been a total geek and made moodboards and everything. I am way too stoked for words. ♥ 

My friends!

I don’t often write text posts on this blog, but when I do, they are for a good reason, I promise.

I am heading out imminently to have a class in Williamsburg, VA with an instructor from the Royal School of Needlework. This is the class that I'l be taking:

Thanks to Tumblr’s queue feature, you won’t event notice that I am gone. But I will return, post-haste, and with pictures, I promise.

In the meantime, I hope that all of you continue to not only be awesome, but also to make awesome needlework and keep sharing it with everyone else on the Interwebs.

Embroidery Boot Camp: Last Post

Oh man, what a week. My fingertips are sore and calloused, I’ve had way too little sleep,and overall it’s been GREAT. In addition to all the sewing I managed to slip away long enough to see the Chinese Terracotta Army exhibit (hopefully more on that later) and Cinderella at the San Francisco Ballet.

Now, everything has wrapped up, the embroideries are mounted (which is a much longer, more arduous process than you would suspect and it makes your hands and thumbs hate you ten times as much as they already do from your stabbing them all the time), and tomorrow I fly to my family reunion.

I’m not going to post all of them, but here are several process shots…

And finally, the completed piece! We’ll get them back in a couple of weeks after they’ve been graded.

And my personal favorite part…I love how my little blue unicorn turned out! (“HE’S SO FLUFFY!!!!”)

So many thanks to the people at RSN for everything they’ve taught me over the last ten days!


Months after we finished, I can finally tell people about the project we worked on in Jan/Feb this year. As a student at the Royal School of Needlework I got the wonderful opportunity to work on a couture dress and let me tell you it was not easy working to such a tight deadline. You would not believe how many feathers are sewn onto this thing 

After Day 1 of my (completely awesome) RSN class in Williamsburg, VA. I wasn’t pleased with that little bricked circle when I was working on it, but this picture makes it look awesome. Also the instructor (Nicola Jarvis) is lovely. And I met a lady who has met the Duchess of Cambridge, so it’s kind of like I have met the Duchess of Cambridge…right?


Tambour Embroidery Sampler


Done with a tiny hook needle tambour embroidery is used mostly to attach beads and sequins quickly and with beautiful results. I was first introduced to this technique while studying abroad last spring in London. I took an introductory tambour embroidery class at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace with an american instructor Robert Haven.

I instantly loved the technique and was excited to pick it up again for my independent study this semester. I chose to do an art deco inspired sequin butterfly for this sampler and used clear and iridescent green sequins on baby blue silk organza.

photos and text © Bianca Esposito 2013