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Announcement    I will be closed for August 2021. Please come back and see me after this time, or visit and use LENHAM10 for 10% off all items.

Liz Tapper: embroidery artist, designer, tutor, restorer & conservator. Royal School of Needlework graduate apprentice. Commissions accepted. For full stock range please visit


Last updated on 20 Jul, 2021

I will be closed for August 2021. Please come back and see me after this time, or visit and use LENHAM10 for 10% off all items.

Liz Tapper: embroidery artist, designer, tutor, restorer & conservator. Royal School of Needlework graduate apprentice. Commissions accepted. For full stock range please visit



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About TheArtoftheNeedle

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On Etsy since 2016

Professionally trained hand embroiderer

I am a professional hand embroiderer, having trained for three years at Hampton Court Palace as an apprentice at The Royal School of Needlework, where I achieved a First Class qualification in 1998.

During my time as an apprentice, I learnt many different techniques of traditional and decorative hand embroidery, such as blackwork, whitework, goldwork, silk shading, crewelwork and tapestry shading. I am also trained in the restoration and conservation of delicate antique textiles and embroideries. I have demonstrated at craft shows, such as those held at Alexandra Palace and Olympia and helped set up exhibitions there. I assisted in RSN classes as a teaching assistant in my first two years and in my third year, took on the role of teacher myself, where I taught a variety of techniques including silk shading, shadow work, goldwork and blackwork.

Having graduated from The Royal School of Needlework, I decided to set up my own business. I undertook various new commissions for companies such as Harrods, Lulu Guinness, Monsoon and the Brompton Oratory in Kensington as well as for London Fashion Week. I conserved and restored a variety of embroidered textiles, including a set of 17th Century church vestments, a 200 year old metalwork cushion and a 500 year old set of tapestry hangings. I also took over the running of a local embroidery group and organised and held weekly classes, as well as teaching around the country and for the RSN. I was part of a team that regularly set up and dismantled exhibitions around the country for The Embroiderers’ Guild.

I am inspired by the joy of creating an embroidered item that is not only handmade, but also unique, detailed and hopefully, beautiful. Embroidery may often be dismissed as only a method of sewing on a button, or mending a shirt, so it is important to me to be able to bring embroidered textiles to a wider audience and show them that hand embroidery has a deserved place in the artisan marketplace.

I have a love of antique textiles, whitework in particular and have a small but growing collection of christening gowns, as well as several other heirloom items.

I am a Member of Somerset Art Works and a Full Member of the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen.

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  • Liz Tapper

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    Professional embroiderer, designer, artist, restorer, conservator & tutor. Royal School of Needlework graduate apprentice. Member of the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen and The Society for Embroidered Work.

Shop policies

Last updated on 02 March, 2021
Welcome. Based in Somerset in the lovely West Country, I design and make embroidered items using the many different techniques I learnt during my apprenticeship at The Royal School of Needlework.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Apple Pay Gift card
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Dispatch items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
I make every effort to ensure everything is of the highest quality and workmanship, and packaged accordingly.

If however, an item is faulty and you would like to return, please notify me within 14 days. Once the item has been received back (in the original unused condition) a replacement or refund of the cost of the item and your postage can be arranged. If returning an item, please include details of your name, address and telephone/e-mail contact.

If you are not satisfied with your item I will happily refund the purchase price once the item is returned and deemed to be in a re-saleable condition, provided it is returned to me within 14 days of receipt (in the original unused condition), postage paid by the sender. Always ask for a Proof of Posting Certificate, as we will need a copy of this should your parcel get lost in the post. I do not refund delivery postage or return postage should you not be satisfied with the item.
Payment is accepted through PayPal, credit/debit card and Etsy giftcard.
Delivery: Unless otherwise requested, all items, except goldwork threads & tools, are posted by Royal Mail's First Class Signed or Tracked service to all UK addresses.
Goldwork threads & tools are posted by Royal Mail First Class. For items available in stock I aim to despatch within 3 days of receiving an order. For made to order lampshades (which will be indicated on the product page), please allow 1-2 weeks for despatch and for specially commissioned lampshades a delivery date will be confirmed by e-mail.

Where International Postage is offered on an item, the price quoted is for the Royal Mail 'International Signed For' airmail service. Delivery quoted by Royal Mail is for 3-5 days for Europe and 5-7 days for outside Europe. If another service is required, i.e. non-signed for, please let me know and I can quote accordingly for you. Where applicable, a CN22 Customs Declaration form will be completed and attached to the outside of the parcel. Please note that if orders placed outside of the EU are liable for customs duty/import taxes on delivery, payment of such customs amounts are the responsibility of the person the package is addressed to. Please understand the seller will not be held responsible for delay due to any customs intervention.

Please ensure your delivery address is correct as I cannot redirect a parcel once it is in transit, nor am I able to replace the order free of charge. If an item is lost due to the incorrect address being given and you would still like the item, a new one must be purchased. No discount will be offered.
Additional policies and FAQs
All lampshades are made using fire resistant PVC, or supplied with this in the case of a kit, complying with BS EN 60598-1-2008 the British Standard for Luminaries.

Due to the nature of hand embroidery, no lampshade will be exactly the same as shown, however all will follow the design with the colour of your choice. It is unlikely that any difference will be discernible. Colours are reproduced as accurately as possible however, as with all photography, there may be some variation.

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Last updated on 27 Feb, 2021
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