Kate Middleton’s wedding dress sparks new hobby for the Duchess

EXCLUSIVE! Kate Middleton's Sarah Burton wedding dress has caused the royal to take 'a real interest in embroidery'

Kate Middleton is becoming quite the domestic Duchess, as Marie Claire online can exclusively reveal that she’s found a new passion for needlework.

Last week the Duchess of Cambridge let slip that she loves growing potatoes and it’s also been reported that she makes her own jam. But now her interest in crafts has extended to embroidery.

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We spoke to Sophie Long, one of the embroiderers from the Royal School of Needlework, who worked on the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress, and she revaled to us: ‘Kate showed a real interest in embroidery, which made it extra special.’

Kate’s interest was sparked when she visited the students to thank them for working on her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress. Sophie added: ‘Kate came to visit the RSN to say thank you for the work on the dress, which was amazing.’

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As of course was having the chance to be a part of the creative team behind the iconic garment, not that they were fully aware who was designing it.

‘At the time we didn’t know which designer we were working for,’ Sophie told us. ‘We worked on the lace panels in great secrecy. It wasn’t until the day of the wedding, that we learnt it was a Sarah Burton creation.’

Sophie won’t say how working on Kate’s dress has helped her career or whether she’ll be creating more pieces for the royal telling us that client confidentiality is ‘really important.’

Since working with Kate Middleton, Sophie has been featured in new design book, Inspired:London – A guide to Handmade in London, £12.99 out mid November. She’s also had her own book published, Mastering the art of Embroidery, £17.18.

Sophie is keen to pass on her skills adding: ‘It is so important that these amazing hand embroidery skills are passed on, so that hand embroidery does not die out’

We imagine if Kate Middleton takes it up, a new embroidery trend will emerge.

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