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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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 
Venues:  Hampton Court Palace, Exeter, Bristol, Rugby Glasgow & in Williamsburg, Virginia, Toronto
Book your 2016 Days Classes here

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, Bristol, Rugby and Glasgow, and in Williamsburg).  Our classes are ideal if you’re a complete beginner or if you’re looking to learn additional techniques and develop existing skills. 

Certificate and Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery 
Venues: Hampton Court Palace, Bristol, Rugby, Durham, Glasgow & in San Francisco, Williamsburg, Tokyo, Nagoya & Osaka, Toronto
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. 

BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Arts
Validated by the University for the Creative Arts (UCAS code W740UCA) this is the only hand embroidery degree in Europe.

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 Noleen Wyatt-Jones

Bookings T: +44(0)20 3166 6938


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