Standing beside a 17th century Japanese embroidery, Sarah explains the set up at the Royal School of Needlework [RSN].
Based at Hampton Court Palace since 1987, but founded in 1872 as the 'School of Art Needlework', the RSN specialises in hand embroidery, most recently appliquéing machine-made floral lace motifs onto silk net (tulle) for the wedding dress of Kate Middleton.
The current patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II [hence the Royal school...]
This project was particularly special to me, having spent my lunchtimes with friends in the grounds of the palace, whilst at 6th form college... again, it felt like a return to my roots...
The RSN commissioned wyatt and jack to come up with a way of protecting their delicate embroidery frames whilst in transit.
Despite a brief stint whilst studying fashion at college years ago, I'd never really had that much to do with embroidery, let alone the accessories that accompany it, so didn't quite realise the scale of the task until we began it...
Turns out the frames are just short of a metre squared!
The pattern alone wouldn't fit on our cutting table! Logistically and physically, this was [and is] our largest commission to date...
These bags are huge- but functional and comfortable.
Made entirely from our repurposed bouncy castle vinyl PVC, with a strip of up cycled deckchair fabric, long webbing strap and inner portfolio pocket... AND each one is entirely unique!
These are available exclusively from the Royal School of Needlework shop [within Hampton Court Palace] and online