Royal School of Needlework

Royal School of Needlework Degree Student Lucy Martin joined forces with the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) as part of their #CreatorsAssemble project. Lucy, who studies on the three year BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery Degree Programme at Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, has created a 20cm heart template with the National Health Service logo and encouraged people of any level of embroidery and age to stitch the NHS letters and to hang the completed work in their window.

The ethos of the design was to create a piece which employs the traditional skills of hand embroidery combined with showing love and solidarity to NHS staff at this unprecedented time affecting everyone around the United Kingdom and the world. Hand embroidery can be soothing and therapeutic during troubling times, encouraging calm, focused work and inducing a relaxed state of mind.

Lucy said: “Right now, creativity matters more than ever! I was so honoured to be leading this exciting challenge for the RSN Degree and UCA. In creating the NHS heart, I was inspired by the love that our NHS staff show towards their patients 24 hours a day, particularly at this difficult time when most have never experienced such a situation before. Everyone can take part, adults, children, families, no matter their stitch ability, using any materials they have at home.

Lucy was a recipient of a Greater London Area Bursary.