RSN: Embroidered Boxes

RSN: Embroidered Boxes : Techniques, Projects & Pure Inspiration

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 216 x 280 x 12mm | 728g
  • Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 600 Illustrations, color
  • 1782216529
  • 9781782216520
  • 1,197

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


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Review quote

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 doesn't mean there aren't 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, you'll 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! It's beautiful, it's clear, it's 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.

Click here to read the full review. -- Mary Corbet * Needle 'n Thread *
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About Heather Lewis

Heather's passion for embroidery began at a very young age: training at a fashion house in Yorkshire, UK before graduating from the RSN Apprenticeship Scheme in 2002. 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 and Diploma courses 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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