The Duchess of Cornwall

The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) has created a portrait of The Duchess of Cornwall ahead of Her Royal Highness’s visit to the school next month.

The Duchess will launch the RSN’s new exhibition, ‘Faces & Figures in Stitch’, on 5th September at Hampton Court Palace.

This special embroidery was created by the school’s Embroidery Studio using the historic Blackwork technique. It will be on display with over 100 embroideries, including key figures in history and familiar faces of today such as Henry VIII, William Shakespeare, Nelson Mandela and David Bowie. 

Blackwork is a form of tonal needlework using just one colour of thread to create different geometric patterns and stitches. 

The Duchess of Cornwall is Patron of the RSN after taking over from Her Majesty The Queen in January 2017.

Watch the video to see the stitching technique and the finished portrait.