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Men Do Embroidery Too!


We want to cast aside the misconception that embroidery is only done by women and introducing some of our male students as part of campaign to encourage more men to take up this traditional skill and art.

From 18 year old male and female students studying the RSN’s BA (Hons) in Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art, to men and women of all ages taking the RSN’s Certificate & Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery, the art of hand embroidery is for everyone.



Brian Hunt, aged 76 from RSN Rugby said: “I really enjoy studying with the RSN. I’ve met so many good friends and learnt so much in the five years I’ve now been doing it.”



Devvrut Patel, aged 19, studies the BA(Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art at the RSN in Hampton Court Palace: “The best part of studying hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework is the atmosphere we are in.  As soon as you walk in to the Palace you just get inspiration from everywhere.”



Dr Susan Kay-Williams, Chief Executive of the Royal School of Needlework commented:
“The art of hand embroidery is for men, women, young and old.  It can appeal to so many people for all different reasons.  Some of our students learn embroidery as a therapeutic hobby, whilst others are very much looking to enhance their skills for their career, in particular, with the resurgence of embroidery in fashion.  The current Opus Anglicanum exhibition at London’s V&A Museum showcases magnificent craftsmanship of medieval embroidery which was very sought after in its time and interestingly, stitched by both men and women.  As always fashion trends come and go, and we are delighted that hand embroidery is back in demand.  We want to encourage more people to take up this art as their new hobby and to ensure that these traditional skills continue to pass on to new generations.”


Image at top shows from L to R front to back: Kit Derrick, Salim Darya, Devvrut Patel, Will Ovenden, Elliott Reynolds, RSN Tutor Owen Davies and Brian Hunt




  • Learn

    We offer a thriving education programme for every level including a range of courses for beginners through to advanced. Students can choose to study Day Classes, a Certificate & Diploma, Future Tutors and Degree, as well as attend exhibitions, study and tour days.

  • Embroidery Studio

    We restore embroidered family heirlooms, home furnishings and items from places of worship.  We create bespoke embroidery for special occasions for individuals, organisations and corporate companies.

  • Shop

    We sell embroidery kits, specialist books, needlework equipment, gifts & exclusive RSN products.  We ship worldwide and welcome customers to our shop based at Hampton Court Palace.
    Open daily: 1pm to 4.15pm

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