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Degree Students Win International Awards

RSN Degree Graduate, Elena Thornton, swept the board at the recent Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery Ceremony, winning three major awards!  She won first prize in the Textile Art Student Category, the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers Award as well as the Chairman’s Award.

Elena Thornton graduated from the Royal School of Needlework in 2017 with a First Class BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art.   Elena specialised in couture body adornment which beautifully merged different hand embroidery techniques, including Goldwork and Stumpwork, to create her winning entry (above). 

Charis Kibble who graduated from our Degree Course in 2015, won 3rd prize in the Textile Art Open Category.  Charis created a portrait (left) worked on 25 count linen with three threads in every stitch and developed her own Blackwork stitch for her entry.

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