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The Royal School of Needlework was founded in 1872 with a mission to preserve the art of hand embroidery. 

To mark its 150th anniversary the RSN is launching the RSN Stitch Bank to continue this mission. The RSN Stitch Bank aims to digitally conserve and showcase the wide variety of the world’s embroidery stitches and the ways in which they have been used in different cultures and times.

Launching with an initial 150 stitches, the RSN Stitch Bank is an ongoing project. More stitches will be added regularly and the RSN will be working with partners around the world to include stitches from different traditions.

The RSN Stitch Bank has been made possible thanks to the support of the following Trusts and many individuals:

  • Aurelius Charitable Trust
  • Charles Hayward Foundation
  • Eranda Rothschild Foundation
  • Golden Bottle Trust
  • Leche Trust
  • PF Charitable Trust
  • Peter Cadbury Charitable Trust
  • The Weinstock Fund
  • The Worshipful Company of Needlemakers

The RSN is very grateful for this support.