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Vacancies at the RSN


We are currently recruiting for two vacancies on our Degree programme, the BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art. Fixed Term Part time Hand Embroidery Technician Demonstrator (One day per week) for the RSN BA (Hons) Degree in Hand Embroidery for Fashion, In ...
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RSN Summer Exhibition


   If you would like to see some of the fantastic work by this year's graduates from our Certificate & Diploma and Future Tutor Courses, then don’t miss our annual Summer Exhibition. Taking place from Tuesday 3 – Sunday 8 July at Hampton Court Palace, the ex ...
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Day Classes in Dublin


We have a few last remaining spaces on two of our July classes in Dublin: One day Introduction to Goldwork Flower on Saturday 7 July (only 4 spaces left) Two day Intermediate Stumpwork Strawberry design on Tuesday 10 & Wednesday 11 July (only 2 spaces left) RSN Tutor Pippa Foulds ...
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Exhibition in Durham


   We are delighted to announce that we will be holding a special embroidery exhibition in Durham at the exclusive World Heritage Site Visitor Centre.  The exhibition will run from Tuesday 31 July to Wednesday 29 August and feature work from current and past RSN Durham stu ...
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News from the RSN Shop


The new stylish RSN Slate Frame Bags have arrived!  These are a lightweight purple, quilted fabric with cotton lining and a detachable zip pouch inside for all your embroidery tools, bits and bobs!  There is also a matching Laptop/Tote bag with Zip Pouch. These retail at £115 for ...
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Schools Selfie Project


   In our last Enews we announced our pilot schools Initiative – ‘Embroider a Selfie’.  Thank you to everyone who has applied to take part.  Teachers can bid for their school to be included with each school selected receiving a kit of threads, fabric ...
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NEW RSN Online Learning Programme


We are delighted to announce that after many requests we are launching RSN Distance Learning with a series of introductory courses online, in association with SewandSo.  The programme will launch with two initial courses, Introduction to Jacobean Crewelwork and Introduction to Blackwor ...
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Classes at Fashion Museum, Bath


We are delighted to be teaching a series of bespoke embroidery classes at the Fashion Museum Bath.  We have remaining spaces in our classes in June, July, August and September. Each class features a different technique and design inspired by clothing pieces in two of the exhibitions curr ...
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Last Minute Day Class Spaces


We have a few remaining spaces in our forthcoming Day Classes across the UK including a series of classes inspired by exhibitions at the Fashion Museum Bath.  Students can embroider a design inspired by gold brocade shoes with diamanté bows worn by Queen Mary, wife of King George ...
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HM The Queen's Race Horse


Our new exhibition is now open and all the animals on display have been generating fantastic roars of appreciation!  In particular an extremely special embroidery of Her Majesty The Queen’s racehorse, Carlton House.  This piece was a gift, hand embroidered by our Embr ...
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Goldwork for Durham Students


  We have just launched a week-long Creative Goldwork series of classes in RSN Durham which take place from Monday 18 – Friday 22 June.  There is a three day class with RSN Tutor Pippa Foulds which gives students an overview of how to use and handle metal threads in a var ...
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Meet a C&D Student


If you think our flexible Certificate & Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery could be for you, please come along to one of our Open Days.  You can start the course at any time of the year and choose the days that suit you.  Meet Tricia Price from RSN Bristol who is studyin ...
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USA Summer School


                     RSN Tutors have been busy finishing their stunning embroidery designs for our USA Summer School taking place in July in Lexington, Kentucky. You can see all the class images on our webs ...
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Meet one of our Certificate & Diploma Students


Sarah Lane has completed the RSN’s Certificate and is currently studying the Diploma. What motivated you to enrol on the C&D course? Before I signed up for the C&D course I spoke to students and staff about expectations, workload and also how I could combine it with my worki ...
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USA Summer School Tutor Spotlight


Meet RSN Tutor Kate Barlow who graduated from our Future Tutors programme with distinction in 2016. She now teaches with us at Hampton Court Palace, RSN Bristol and Bath Fashion Museum.  Kate will also teach at our USA Summer School in Lexington, Kentucky.   Kate created a seri ...
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Future Tutor Graduate Opens Exhibition


Congratulations to Sara Dennis who graduated from our Future Tutors programme in 2017 and now teaches for the RSN.  Sara Dennis is holding her first one woman exhibition in the north of England at Sedbergh's Farfield Mill, Farfield. The exhibition is on now and runs until 21 May. The ...
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Calling all Secondary Schools


Calling all Secondary Schools (Years 7 & 8) The RSN, with the support from the Worshipful Company of Girdlers, is launching a special initiative ‘Embroider a Selfie’.  Teachers can bid for their school to be included in this pilot project.   Each scho ...
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See Inside the RSN


Join us in the art of hand embroidery. From hand embroidering HRH The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress, an epic 6m x 4m, 3D Game of Thrones embroidery and a designer dress embellished with over 200,000 ostrich feathers, the Royal School of Needlework has worked on a wide array ...
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Spotlight on our Tutors


We have an exciting programme of Day Classes for the spring and summer time.  Meet a couple of our new wonderful Tutors who have completed the Future Tutors programme – Helen Jones and Auburn Claire Lucas. Helen Jones - While practising as a solicitor, embroidery was Helen’s ...
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New Exhibition Bookings Open


Our new exhibition Animals in Embroidery at Hampton Court Palace opens on 18 April and bookings are now open. From a wild tiger and flamboyant flamingo to cute dogs and a peckish chipmunk, it will be a zoo showcase!   Visitors will be able to view a ‘parade’ of over 80 d ...
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