RSN: Embroidered Boxes (Royal School of Needlework) Heather Lewis.

IMG_20200214_144415_hdr Pub: Search Press (UK)

Part of an exciting new series spearheaded by the Royal School of Needlework, this forward-looking guide explores the intricate art of embroidering boxes for use as keepsakes and jewellery boxes.

This beautiful, practical guide to creating and embellishing embroidered boxes is written by Heather Lewis, a tutor with the Royal School of Needlework. It contains a history of the embroidered box, from the seventeenth century to the present day, and features techniques and guidance for needleworkers wishing to apply their skills to a practical application of the craft.

There are three projects to try: a small treasure chest with a curved lid, embroidered dragonfly detail and a false floor; a hexagonal box with a beautiful embroidered lid depicting afternoon tea, and an intricate stumpwork casket with a mirror in the lid and a hidden drawer. Each has a template and extensive instructions for preparation, embroidery and construction.I

My review

This is a book of joy for embroidery fans.

The stunning embroidered boxes are exquisite. They are also accompanied with a history of the box, and from start to finish you are guided step by step to make your very own piece of art.

The boxes are usable, beautiful and the embroidery designs are just amazing.

There are design templates to copy, but I think it would be easy to design my own to make it more personal.

Every fan of embroidery would love this book, it is pretty, the photography of the boxes really show off the intricacy of each one and the boxes are achievable to make.





About the Author

Heather’s passion for embroidery began at a very young age: training at a fashion house in Yorkshire, UK before graduating from the RSN Apprenticeship Scheme in 2002. Heather has taught embroidery for the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) at various locations in the UK and the United States. She currently teaches on the RSN Certificate and Diploma courses and on day classes.

Heather particularly enjoys goldwork and ecclesiastical embroidery and after graduating she worked in the RSN Studio where she continues to assist on a variety of projects. There she has worked on a diverse range of commissions including a new altar frontal for The Royal Anglian Regimental Chapel in Essex and the Dover Castle hangings for the re-presentation of the Great Tower.

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