Our partnership with the Royal School of Needlework
As part of The Lost Dress of Elizabeth I exhibition, Historic Royal Palaces teamed up with the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) to recreate some of the motifs from the Bacton Altar Cloth. This experimental project highlighted the skill and processes of the original Elizabethan embroiderer.
The RSN's embroiderers recreated a daffodil, a thistle, and a Tudor rose. Each motif will be displayed in the exhibition, within a circular embroidery frame that members of the public will be able to touch and examine.
Embroiderers worked to the original colours of the altar cloth, to show visitors how it would have looked some 400 years ago.
The surprisingly vibrant colours were matched to those that are still visible and un-faded on the back of the cloth.
Join the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace to learn how to work a design from the Bacton Altar Cloth. All day classes include a talk by Eleri Lynn, Collections Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, a private view of the exhibition, kit and an opportunity to learn how to stitch a beautiful motif under expert tutelage (spaces are limited).
25 October 2019
Learn to work this charming little daffodil sprig design, combining it with a cheeky caterpillar — both motifs are inspired by the Bacton Altar Cloth.