RSN Stitch Bank

Royal School of Needlework Launches World Directory of Stitches

The Royal School of Needlework launches the RSN Stitch Bank today by revealing the first 150 stitches to kick off celebrations of the charity’s 150th anniversary.  The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) aims to compile the world’s largest repository of stitches, digitally conserving and preserving every stitch around the globe.

RSN Stitch Bank is accessed online via the website  This comprehensive resource features videos, written instructions, illustrations, photographs and information for each stitch.  Stitches range from the well-known Back Stitch and French Knots, to the more technical Queen Stitch and Turkey Rug. Rarely used stitches are also featured, such as Underside Couching and Battlement Couching Trellis.

RSN Stitch Bank is a resource for all stitchers, teachers, curators, historians, researchers and students. Stitchers can find a new stitch to use in a project and learn how to work it.  Researchers, curators, historians and students can use the site to learn about the use, structure and history of each stitch, in a range of embroidery techniques and to identify individual stitches on a textile.

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