99% of orders dispatched within 24hrs, delivery times may vary.

Look inside RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Whitework
  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 07 January 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219217
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: £12.99
  • Series: RSN Essential Stitch Guides
More Information

RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Whitework


Large format edition by Lizzy Pye (was Lansberry) (Author)

Add to favourites

Book Description

The Royal School of Needlework teaches hand embroidery to the highest standard, developing techniques in new and innovative ways. Written by RSN apprentice and tutor Lizzy Lansberry, this book contains an extensive stitch guide, as well as guidance on the materials and equipment you need; how to design your own whitework embroidery; framing up; and positioning and transferring your design. Each stitch is clearly illustrated with step-by-step photography, along with expert instruction on how to form the stitch and use it in your needlework. With an introduction to the RSN and a brief history of whitework, together with numerous traditional and contemporary examples, this book provides an essential guide to this classic form of embroidery.

Table of Contents

The Royal School of Needlework 6
Introduction 8
The history of whitework 10
Materials & equipment 12
Design 20
The order of work 24
Framing up 26
Transferring a design 30
Getting started 32

Pulled thread stitches 34
Core surface stitches 49
Eyelets 64
Drawn thread stitches 66
Cutwork 78
Taking care of your embroidery 81

Butterfly 82
Angelfish 84

Reworking a traditional design 86
Further techniques 90

Japanese Garden 94

Index 96

About the Author

About Lizzy Pye (was Lansberry)

Lizzy Lansberry (now Lizzy Pye) graduated from the Royal School of Needlework's three-year apprenticeship in 2009. During her time at the RSN it became clear that her passion was for fine, detailed embroidery and whitework in particular. She also loves to create beautifully hand-embroidered heirloom pieces such as jewellery, and to restore antique textiles. Lizzy now works from her studio in Surrey, with her little helper Pippin the Parson Russell Terrier, developing her range of kits and products, as well as taking on conservation and restoration commissions. She also teaches hand embroidery to groups and individuals all over the UK, including the Royal School of Needlework.

Perhaps most notably Lizzy has worked on embroidery designs with the Royal Opera House and was privileged to be involved in the creation of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton’s wedding gown!

To see more of Lizzy's work visit www.laurelin.co.uk.


Amazon Customer Review

I have always wanted to learn the whitework technique and this book is just the guide I need. Each stitch has a clear photo to help with every step, and expert instruction from an RSN tutor. There is even a brief history of whitework and how to design your own pieces.

Customer Review

What an amazing book, from the history of whitework to what you need to get started. All of the stitches are in good clear photos and diagrams, great for beginners. Fantastic book.

Customer Review

When I got this book I thought ... wow this looks complicated, but the author has used really great photos and easy to follow instructions to provide clear step by step guides.

There are stitches to learn like, stem stitch, satin stitch, French knots, and techniques like creating eyelets, and cut work, and beyond! I think this would be a great book to take on holiday, you would not need to have much equipment, a little fabric, a hoop, needles and thread etc.

From this book I have taken away ideas to use within more experimental mixed media textile art  such as the trailing method that this book teaches, which is very beautiful. I was so pleasantly encouraged once I flipped through it! No matter where you are in your sewing journey, this will be a great for getting started in Whitework or taking your textile projects to the next level.

Amazon Customer Review

This is a truly lovely book with very clear written instructions and illustrations. As a beginner I think this is just what I need to get me started.


Learn how to work elegant, timeless white-on-white embroidery with this useful primer from the Royal School of Needlework. Based in Hampton Court Palace, England this school has taught embroidery of all types to the highest standard since its foundation in 1872.

This is a new larger format edition of the original which was published back in 2012. The author explains that while the idea of working white stitches on white fabric might not sound very exciting it is actually an inspiring and versatile way to work. Untied from the dominance colour plays in other types of embroidery you are free to use a huge range of stitches and concentrate on the design instead. The book takes you from lists of what you need through a very short history, the types of stitches used and basic notes on design. This is the main focus of this book; learning to design your own pieces rather than working through projects and patterns and I think that it does equip you to do this.

I would say that it is aimed at someone like me, an experienced embroiderer who hasnt tried this particular type of work rather than a total beginner who has never done any embroidery before. There are plenty of large clear photographic steps with captions and these do include some basic stages such as preparing a hoop and slate frame, transferring designs using a light box and setting up the fabric. Whitework is done on evenweave fabric and makes use of cutwork, drawn and pulled thread, eyelets, net darning and other decorative surface stitches.

As a newcomer to this type of embroidery I was unsure exactly what it consisted of and I was pleased to see the very helpful order of work. This is vital to know and is an example of why this book is so good at teaching design. The bulk of the book shows you how to work the various stitches and techniques particular to whitework. At the back is a short gallery of the authors work with notes on how various effects were achieved with close-up details. On putting the book down, I felt equipped with enough knowledge to have a stab at creating my own design. This book is recommended to anybody who would like to try this type of embroidery.

Print friendly version

You may also be interested in:

Classic Hardanger

Classic Hardanger

By Gina Marion


Elegant Hardanger Embroidery

Elegant Hardanger Embroidery

By Yvette Stanton


Mountmellick Embroidery

Mountmellick Embroidery

By Yvette Stanton & Prue Scott


We use cookies to personalise your experience and to analyse our traffic. Do you want to allow all cookies or view and change settings?