May – December 2013
For Worship and Glory exhibiting examples of ecclesiastical embroidery worked by the RSN or which form part of our Collection. The starring role will be given to the 12 Litany of Loreto pieces which came to the RSN from a convent in Surrey. These date from the early 20th century and show just what can be achieved with accomplished design, exemplary stitching and a limited colour palette. All 12 pieces have not been hung together in exhibition for a long time so this will be a rare opportunity to see them all.
Other pieces include depictions of saints, angels and Christ using just a needle and thread in a wide range of techniques but especially metal thread and silk shading. There will also be archive material documenting some of the special commissions we have worked on including a sampler for the altar dorsal commissioned by Queen Mary for the coronation of George VI which was also used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Also on display will be a number of designs from the archives, photographs of pieces still in use or too large to have in the Studio as well as examples of kneelers, stoles, chasubles and a cope from our Collection which range from the 18th century to at least the 1980s.
Tours are now booking and, as an added extra, you may be able to see our Studio team working on some ecclesiastical pieces as well.
These tours are held for just one week in each month. They are very popular and we suggest booking early to avoid disappointment.