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.

21st Century Sampler Competition
To coincide with our current Sampler Exhibition, we’ve launched an exciting competition, open to everyone, to design a Sampler for the 21st century.  
Competition details and entry form

We have an annual Day Class programme here at Hampton Court Palace (and on set dates in Exeter, Glasgow and in the USA in San Francisco and Williamsburg).  We teach our Certificate and Diploma course at Hampton Court Palace, in Bristol, Durham, Glasgow and Rugby and internationally in San Francisco and in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka in Japan.  We also offer a Degree Programme validated by the University for the Creative Arts.

  • Learn

    We run hand embroidery courses for all levels of experience including a Degree Programme.  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 equipment, kits, specialist books, gifts and exclusive RSN products featuring images from our Collection.  We ship worldwide.

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