Royal School of Needlework

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of Excellence for the
Art of Hand Embroidery

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Embroidery courses for everyone

We are the international centre for embroidery teaching based at Hampton Court Palace in south-west London.  Taught in small, friendly classes with expert tutors, we welcome all levels of experience and students from all over the world.  All our embroidery tutors have been trained at the RSN over a minimum of three years' full-time study and they bring to each student a wealth of experience, technical knowledge and enthusiasm.

Day Classes 
Book your Day Class online
We run a varied programme of classes throughout the year at weekends and during the school holidays at Hampton Court Palace (and on set dates in Exeter, Glasgow and San Francisco).  Our classes are ideal if you’re a complete beginner or if you’re looking to learn additional techniques and develop existing skills. 

This was my first course with the RSN and I was a bit nervous to be honest, but Becky and the other RSN staff were all was so friendly and made me feel very welcome.  The atmosphere was very relaxed and all-inclusive.  I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed the course and the privilege of the experience of being with the RSN at Hampton Court .  October 2013 Frances Wortley - Bedford

Certificate and Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery
Covering a range of core embroidery techniques these courses allow you to work on a flexible programme to fit around work and family commitments.  Taught in small informal groups you’ll be given expert tuition to help you develop your skills to a high standard.  Courses are taught at Hampton Court, in Bristol, Durham, Glasgow and Rugby and in San Francisco, Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka.

Degree Programme
Our two year Foundation Degree in Hand Embroidery, accredited by the University for the Creative Arts is the only course of its kind in the UK.  Study is full-time over two years with the option of a BA (Hons) Top-up third year.

RSN Future Tutors Programme 
This course will help equip you for a career in embroidery.

Accredited by the British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education




We teach in small, friendly classes

Contact details

For all course enquiries contact

Bookings T: +44(0)20 3166 6938


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