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Hand Embroidery students' work in Emmy-nominated Game of Thrones

Students from our Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textiles Art course – taught at The Royal School of Needlework (RSN), Hampton Court Palace – created a truly unique one-off piece featured in an episode of Game of Thrones which has now been nominated for the Outstanding Costume Design Award at the Emmys.

Working for over 30,000 hours and with a wide range of textile and mixed media materials, the teams at the RSN helped to create a costume that showcased the art of hand embroidery and contemporary design in all its glory. 

RSN Game of Thrones costume

Measuring six metres by four metres, this impressive 3D piece was used in one of the most intense battle scenes in TV history – the massacre of Hardhome. The students also used custom made fabrics to add depth, texture and gravitas, featuring the intricate skills of hand embroidery including applique, raised embroidery and beading. A collaborative project with The Embroiderers’ Guild, Fine Cell Work and Hand & Lock, this unmissable embroidery was created to mark the release of Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season on DVD.

Angie Wyman, Course Leader for our Hand Embroidery course, said: “We were delighted to be involved in such a unique project and help create a truly amazing piece of embroidery. It was a particularly fantastic opportunity for our degree students to put their studies into practice, merging the RSN’s traditional hand embroidery techniques with contemporary art and design.”

The work will be on display at The Knitting & Stitching Shows this autumn, which will be held at Alexandra Palace.

Our Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art is the only full-time BA (Hons) degree programme in Hand Embroidery in Europe. The RSN has long established international industry links, which further enhance our students’ learning experience. The unique degree course allows students to immerse themselves in the study of contemporary and traditional hand embroidery and explore creative approaches to visual, design and practice based research. You can find out more about it here.