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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About the Royal School of Needlework

The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) is the international centre of excellence for the art of hand embroidery.  With a thriving education programme, the RSN offers a range of courses for beginners through to advanced.

Steeped in history with unrivalled expertise in the techniques of hand embroidery, the Royal School of Needlework has taken this captivating, traditional art and made it relevant today.  Students can choose to study Short Courses, a Certificate & Diploma, BA (Hons) Degree or gain a teaching qualification on the Future Tutors programme as well as attend Exhibitions and Talk & Tours.

The RSN is based at the magnificent Hampton Court Palace in south west London.  In addition, the school teaches across the UK in Exeter, Bristol, Rugby, Durham and Glasgow, and internationally in Ireland, North America and Japan.

The Royal School of Needlework also offers Embroidery Services at its Studio in Hampton Court Palace creating beautiful bespoke commissions for the future as well as restoring historical textiles and bringing heirlooms back to life. Customers come from all over the world, including fashion designers, Oscar nominees, places of worship, private individuals and the Royal Family.  The RSN’s close links with royalty started when it was founded in 1872, and still continue today with Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall as our Patron.
As a charity, we rely on the support of many people and organisations, including our Friends and Special Supporters, city livery companies, charitable trusts and others.  We receive no government funding


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