The art of the stitch on show in Rugby

Part of a canvaswork by Sue Davie, which is among the works exhibited

Part of a canvaswork by Sue Davie, which is among the works exhibited

Exquisite pieces of art stitched by hand go on show in Rugby next month.

The Royal School of Needlework will be holding an exhibition called The Art of Hand Embroidery, showcasing impressive work by students who attend the RSN Midlands, based in Rugby.

RSN Midlands will be exhibiting a wide range of pieces from its Certificate & Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery course. The exhibition will feature a variety of techniques including Jacobean crewelwork, silk shading, black and goldwork as well as sketchbooks and design drawings, giving visitors a unique insight into projects from beginning to end.

RSN Midlands is located at The Arnold House at the end of Elsee Road, Rugby. Students can learn short courses in a variety of techniques and the Certificate & Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery.

And proving that it’s not just for women, the exhibition will feature work by 76-year-old RSN student Brian Hunt, who has been attending the RSN for five years and is currently studying the RSN’s Advanced Diploma.

The RSN Midlands exhibition is open to the public from Tuesday, April 24, to Friday, April 28, and Tuesday, May 2, to Thursday, May 4, from 2pm - 5pm. It will be held at the Lewis Gallery, Rugby School.

The RSN also teaches across the UK in Hampton Court Palace, Exeter, Bristol, Durham and Glasgow, and internationally in Ireland, North America and Japan. Call 020 3166 6932 or visit royal-needlework.org.uk for details.