What do WW1 soldiers and the Royal School of Needlework have in common?

Six years ago as I was searching for needlepoint related books, I came across a couple of very old English magazine called Weldon’s Tapestry.

In one there was mention of the World War 1 Soldiers Embroidery Industry, which taught disabled soldiers to do needlepoint and other embroidery as part of their rehabilitation. I was fascinated by these war torn soldiers many, no doubt with missing limbs, burns and other disabilities learning to stitch.

The “Industry” was supported by the Royal School of Needlework (RSN), so we can assume that the soldiers were given expert tuition and advice.

This week I was contacted by a researcher from the RSN who wrote:

I am researching the early years of the Royal School of Needlework, and came across your article on the Weldon Magazine and the work done by disabled soldiers during WW1. It was interesting to note that the RS(A)N assisted in Ebury Street – we do not have any record of this, simply because our records from this period have been lost.

I wonder whether you would be so kind as to send me a scanned copy of the magazine piece – as we are trying to amass as much information as possible for our forthcoming 150th anniversary in 2022?

I naturally agreed to scan the pages, then decided to send them the original magazine for their archives instead.

Here is the link to my original post;


The RSN has its home in Hampton Court which I have visited but I was delighted by the generous offer of a tour of the school when I’m next in London, which hopefully will be later in the year.

The RSN has an exhibition schedule, so put it on your list of places to visit. They also offer a wonderful range of courses which you may be interested in.


A reminder about the Studio Stitches Flash Sale

To celebrate Autumn I am offering my best selling kit, the Autumn cushion as the feature design for the March/April  Flash Sale.


It is now just $90 instead of the usual $125. A great reason to buy yours in one or both colours now, because at the end of April it goes back to normal price.

Happy stitching and stay well!




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