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We're Coming to America

21-02-2018

                   Bookings are now open for our USA Summer School in Lexington, Kentucky which takes place 8-21 July. Due to the popular demand, we have introduced a further 3-Day and 2-Day class. The 3-day is ...
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See Inside the RSN

20-02-2018

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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Classes at Bath Fashion Museum

19-02-2018

We are delighted to announce that we will be returning to the Fashion Museum Bath to teach a series of bespoke embroidery classes from 5 May – 15 September. Each class features a different technique and design inspired by clothing pieces in two of the exhibitions at the Museum - &l ...
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Day Classes in Dublin

18-02-2018

We are thrilled to be returning to Dublin from 6 - 12 July to teach a series of 5 Day Classes, led by RSN Tutor Pippa Foulds.  6 July - Introduction to Crewelwork: ‘William Morris Inspired Flora’ - Inspired by William Morris's bold textile design Windrush, explore a n ...
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Spotlight on our Tutors

17-02-2018

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 Animals Exhibition Coming Soon

26-01-2018

We will be bringing a menagerie of animals to our base at Hampton Court Palace from 18 April until December 2018.  From a wild tiger and flamboyant flamingo to cute dogs and a peckish chipmunk, it will be a zoo showcase!  But don’t worry, although all the animals look amazing ...
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Bookings Now Open for USA Summer School

15-01-2018

Bookings opened last week and we’ve already sold more than half the places with a number of courses already sold out. So, if you’ve booked, then congratulations and we are really looking forward to seeing you in July.  If you have not yet booked, due to popular demand we have ...
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Introduction to Embroidery Classes

04-01-2018

NEW YEAR NEW HOBBY Our Introduction to Embroidery classes are perfect for beginners. These are some of our upcoming classes. 11 February in Bristol and 11 March in Hampton Court Palace:  Introduction to Embroidery: 'Japanese Cherry Blossom'   17 February ...
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Course Open Days

03-01-2018

If you love embroidery and also love teaching, then the RSN’s Future Tutors programme could be for you.  Like the Degree programme, this is a full time three year course at Hampton Court Palace.  Applications are due 24 March.  Book onto our Future Tutors Open Day on S ...
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Forthcoming Introduction Classes

20-12-2017

Our Introduction classes are perfect for beginners. These are some of our latest upcoming classes, covering a range of techniques. 10 February: Introduction to Ribbonwork: 'Spring Flowers', Hampton Court Palace - Using hand-dyed ribbons, learn this technique of applying ...
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The Duchesses of Cornwall and Gloucester Visit

06-12-2017

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, our Patron, visited us on 22 November for the first time since taking over the patronage from Her Majesty The Queen in January 2017.  The Duchess of Cornwall visited us at Hampton Court Palace with The Duchess of Gloucester, our President. ...
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Embroidery on the Silver Screen

01-12-2017

Two of our Degree graduates worked as Costume Embroiderers for the 2017 Agatha Christie adaptation Murder on the Orient Express. Laura Baverstock and Hattie McGill, who graduated from the course in 2016, embroidered the 1930s era costumes, designed by Academy Award winning Costume Designer Alex ...
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The Perfect Christmas Gift

17-11-2017

If you are struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift, a Royal School of Needlework Christmas Gift Voucher,  could be the answer.  Whether the gift voucher pays for an RSN Embroidery Class, Exhibition Tour or book, the recipient can truly immerse themselves in the world of hand e ...
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Visit our Embellishment in Fashion Exhibition

17-11-2017

We are delighted to open the doors of our latest exhibition Embellishment in Fashion at Hampton Court Palace.  The exhibition has been featured in a wide range of embroidery & craft publications - the one above is from the current issue of Sewing World magazine as 'Exhibition of ...
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Degree Students Win

15-11-2017

RSN Degree Students Win Prizes in International Embroidery Competition RSN Degree Graduate, Elena Thornton (left), 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 Wors ...
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USA Summer School in Lexington, Kentucky

01-11-2017

Our first ever USA Summer School in Lexington, Kentucky will run from 8 - 21 July 2018.    The Summer School will run for two, one-week programmes of activities.  Each week long programme will include evening events and a wide choice of two, three and five-Day Classes for beg ...
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Work from our Degree Students

01-11-2017

Our Degree Students are often visited by special guest Tutors and recently we were delighted to welcome Lisa Salama (left), a freelance embroidery consultant who has worked for fashion designer Mary Katrantzou.  Our 2nd Year Students and new 1st Years were tasked with embellishing vintag ...
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Future Tutors Open Day

31-10-2017

Teach what you love...  If hand embroidery is your passion and you dream of teaching it to others, our Future Tutors programme gives you the strongest start.   To find out more, come to our Open Day at Hampton Court Palace at 10.30am or 1pm on Saturday 11 November. Our Futu ...
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Christmas-themed Day Classes

22-10-2017

To get you in the festive mood, we have a series of Christmas-themed Day Classes coming up this November at Hampton Court Palace and our satellite school in Rugby. These hand embroidered samples make lovely gifts for your friends and family or charming decorations for your home. 11 Novem ...
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Forthcoming Events & Exhibitions

20-10-2017

Knitting & Stitching Shows - Congratulations goes to Mr Marrs of Peterborough who won our competition on our stand at Knitting & Stitching London and good luck to those of you visiting Knitting & Stitching in Dublin (9-12 November) and Harrogate (23 - 26 November).  We have a ...
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