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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexibound
  • Publication: 31 January 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216520
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 600
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP Price: $47.99
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RSN: Embroidered Boxes


Techniques, projects & pure inspiration by Heather Lewis

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

The Royal School of Needlework
Introduction to embroidered boxes
History of embroidered boxes
Materials and tools
Basic techniques
Embroidery stitches
Construction stitches

Constructing a basic box
Dragonfly Treasure Chest
Afternoon Tea Box
Stumpwork Casket
Further inspiration

About the Author

About Heather Lewis

Heather’s passion for embroidery began at a very young age; training at a fashion house in Yorkshire before graduating from the RSN Apprenticeship. 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, Diploma 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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Ahhhh. Yes! It is a wonderful book if you are interested in constructing your own embroidered boxes!

Because it is an RSN book, the methods are all RSN methods. This doesnt mean there arent other ways to construct and finish boxes, but rather that, in a workshop setting, these are the construction methods they use to produce consistent results among their trained workers.

If you have a selection of different books on constructing boxes, youll discover other methods you can use that may save some time and still produce beautiful and perfectly acceptable results when constructing your own boxes.

This book, though, should be in your library! Its beautiful, its clear, its instructive on all sorts of levels, and it is inspiring! It is one of those books that will help you take the technique beyond the book and make it your own.

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