image for Workshop/Course item typePearl Embroidery: ‘Flower’ at Royal School of Needlework

Workshop/Course, Sat 22 Feb 2020


Royal School of Needlework


Apartment 12A Hampton Court Palace,
East Molesey,


Pearl Embroidery is a technique that was popular in Eastern Europe in 13th – 18th centuries. The technique is often associated with Russian embroidery where it was extensively used for embellishing tsar’s court dresses and accessories, middleclass crowns and jewellery, as well as ecclesiastical pieces until 18th century. A wide variety of sea and freshwater pearls of different sizes and colours are traditionally used for the embroidery. A distinctive feature of the technique is that the pearls are stitched onto white linen string for a raised effect to show all the beauty of the material. Gold twisted thread and gemstones were also traditionally used. Learn the traditional technique by stitching the modern design on a velvet fabric. Practice stitching Freshwater Pearls, Beads and Crystals both flat and over string padding. Learn how to work with gold threads and find out more about history of Pearl embroidery.

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 22 Feb 2020 10:00 to 16:00


£129.00*Price includes the cost of £43.00 for the required kit.



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