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Helen McCook

Helen McCook is an international textile artist, lecturer, tutor and author of the Royal School of Needlework’s Essential Stitch Guide to Gold Work. She is a member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen and was recently named the 2019 Embroidery Designer of the Year at the National Needlecraft Awards. She runs her own embroidery school; Traditional Textiles School and works commercially under Helen McCook Embroidery.

Helen originally trained in printed & dyed textiles with art history before graduating from the Royal School of Needlework apprenticeship in traditional hand embroidery at Hampton Court Palace. She has worked commercially & taught/lectured nationally & internationally since 2000. She was honoured to be part of the RSN team who helped create the embroidery for the wedding dress, veil & shoes for Katherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge’s marriage to HRH Prince William. She was the first artist in residence for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and her work is in private collections worldwide.