Mary Corbet

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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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RSN Collection: The First 100


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The Royal School of Needlework has really leapt to the forefront in the past five years with improving and expanding their online resources.

To me, one of their most interesting resources is their developing online “collections” where they are cataloging their acquisitions so that anyone, anywhere, can view them up close.

They have their First 100 acquisitions that have been added to their online database available to browse now.

Loreto Embroidery RSN Collection

The great thing about collections that are put online for public access is that you can see the pieces clearly, and even up close.

Some museums have phenomenal online collections, with magnificent, zoom-in-able image options.

These provide the viewer the opportunity to see close up, fine details that they wouldn’t necessarily be able to see in person, given the distance parameters (and often the photo restrictions) in most museums.

Loreto Embroidery RSN Collection

Needless to say, I’m over the moon that at least one of the Litany of Loreto embroidered panels is included in the First 100 in the RSN’s online collection. I really hope all the Loreto embroideries make it on there!

If you have not had a chance to view the RSN’s First 100, drop in and take a look! It’s worth a prolonged browse!

Have a Marvelous Monday!


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  1. Mary, I’ve been enjoying your first 100 embroideries and stopped on the beautiful shawl made in India because I had a question.

    When you are heavily embroidering a piece of cloth and don’t want to add more weight to it by mirroring the top stitches underneath, what is the technique called? I believe you mentioned one technique in a stitch-along, but I’ve now seen two heavily embroidered pieces from India that keep the stitches on top and only tack them to the cloth for lightness-sake.

    Does this technique have a name? Is there more than one way to accomplish this technique?

    Your Humble Student (sometimes not so humble, but ALWAYS a student!)

    1. I guess you might mean “laid” stitches, or “surface” stitches – like “surface satin stitch” as opposed to regular satin stitch, where you step sideways at the completion of each stitch to begin the next (rather than carrying the thread across the design element on the back).

  2. The tornadoes down your way looked very devastating over the weekend. I assume that you are okay in your area, or you would have mentioned it.

    Then again, you are pretty excited about this Loreto panel, so maybe I’d better just ask.

    Mary, are you and yours okay?

    1. We’re fine, thanks for asking! We were in a kind of little bubble of Nothing. We had rain – a good amount of nice rain – and some rumbles of thunder. At one point Saturday afternoon, we had some straight-line winds (not devastating), and we lost electricity for a few hours – but that was it, really. We’re gearing up for another round Tuesday night and Wednesday. It must be spring in Kansas!

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