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Royal School of Needlework

Welcome to the Royal School of Needlework The International Centre
of Excellence for the
Art of Hand Embroidery

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Keeping the art of hand embroidery alive

We offer hand embroidery courses for all levels; conservation, restoration and repair of antique embroideries or creation of new commissions in our Embroidery Studio; tours to see some of our needlework Collection and more.

Our BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art and a team of RSN stitchers have collaborated with British  designer Nicholas Oakwell Couture to help create a fabulous couture gown for the GREAT Britain Campaign.  
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The GREAT dress by Nicholas Oakwell Couture. Photographer Greg Williams

We have an annual Day Class programme here at Hampton Court Palace (and on set dates in Exeter, Bristol, Rugby and Glasgow and Williamsburg, Virginia, USA ).  We teach our Certificate and Diploma course at Hampton Court Palace in Bristol, Rugby, Durham and Glasgow and internationally in San Francisco, Williamsburg and in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka in Japan. 

We also offer a BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery validated by UCA (University for the Creative Arts), the only hand embroidery degree in Europe.


  • Learn


    We run hand embroidery courses for all levels of experience including a Degree.  Weekend classes, technical courses and additional classes are added online throughout the year.

  • 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.
    Open daily: 1pm to 4.30pm

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