Before I knew it, it was time to fly across the Pond and learn this beautiful form of stitching. I was something of a novelty among the other ladies in class, being the only American in the group, but we became fast friends over our love of needlework.
There aren’t words to describe the feeling of being able to walk on the cobblestones, pass through the archways, and reach out and touch the very walls of the 500-year-old palace where Henry VIII lived. The rooms where the RSN is located are conserved, but not restored…including the wood floors from the 1600s. The first thing my fellow classmates tell me? If you drop a needle, just get another one…it’s gone. The gaps in the floorboards make sure of that!
As the day whizzed by, we worked our way through every stitch we needed to learn in order to complete the project. The project, worked with silk ribbon that our tutor hand-dyed herself, was a Christmas floral made of pine branches and flowers. The cretan stitch pine cones were my favorite.
At lunch time, I picked up a beautiful stiletto at the RSN’s shop near Chocolate Court. I learned how useful they can be when you’re pulling delicate silk ribbon through two layers of silk and calico! It’s my favorite souvenir from my trip.
It was absolutely the most amazing day, and I know I’ll go back for more. If you have the opportunity to hop across the Pond for a visit, I highly recommend a day class. Maybe I’ll go with you!