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The Perfect Christmas Gift

17-11-2017

Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift for yourself or someone else who loves embroidery but not sure what to buy? Then why not buy a Royal School of Needlework Christmas Gift Voucher.    Whether the gift voucher pays for an RSN Embroidery Class, Exhibition Tour or book, th ...
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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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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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Return to the V&A Museum

15-10-2017

Following our sell-out Balenciaga Brooch class taught by RSN Tutor Sara Meanwell at the V&A, London, in July, we are delighted to announce that we are running it again next year on 3 - 4 February.  You will gain an introduction to techniques used in haute couture such as Metalwork E ...
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New C&D Open Days

10-10-2017

Have you often thought about taking the RSN Certificate in Technical Hand Embroidery, but were not sure if it was for you?  Well come along to our next C&D Open Days: 2pm on Thursday 30 November 2017 11am & 2pm on Saturday 3 February 2018   We ...
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USA Summer School in Lexington, Kentucky

02-10-2017

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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Last Minute Day Class Spaces

01-10-2017

We have Day Classes for all levels in a range of techniques.  Here are the classes which have a few last minute spaces. 11 November: Jacobean Meets Goldwork, Hampton Court Palace - Learn a wide variety of stitches coordinating two techniques at once. 12 November: Introduction to ...
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Important Information to Return

25-09-2017

We sent a mailing to our UK based supporters in June and an email to our international supporters in September with a very important ‘Keeping in Touch’ form.  Thank you to all who have returned your forms.  If you’ve not returned your forms yet, please may we r ...
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Last Remaining Class Spaces in Williamsburg

25-09-2017

We are delighted that we will be back at Williamsburg School of Needlework in Virginia, USA from 12 – 23 October.  Come and join us for one of our Day Classes - we have a few remaining spaces. We have a choice of one day Introduction Classes, perfect if you are a beginner. &n ...
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Work from our Degree Students

20-09-2017

All our Degree Students are now back and were busy stitching over the summer.   Our First Years were tasked with creating their own pincushions with a ‘postcard from home’ theme.  They are all so different using a variety of designs, shapes and colours (see abo ...
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New Day Class Brochure

20-09-2017

The new September 2017 – August 2018 Day Class Brochure is now available and full of wonderful new classes for all levels.  If you are a complete beginner, we recommend starting with an ‘Introduction to Embroidery’ class, and then progressing to one of our ‘Introd ...
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It's Christmas Time!

20-09-2017

I can’t believe we are mentioning ‘Christmas’ already…but perhaps some of you are already starting to plan your Christmas parties? Have you ever thought of arranging a Bespoke RSN Christmas event at Hampton Court Palace and creating embellished Christmas decoratio ...
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Family Stitch Day - Venetian Mask Motif

11-09-2017

Our next Family Stitch Day is on Wednesday 25th October, from 2pm - 4pm.  This popular session includes a short and child friendly presentation about the RSN and our latest Embellishment in Fashion exhibition, a tour of the exhibition for adults and a bespoke embroidery session for the c ...
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New Collection Cards

08-09-2017

We have launched a range of limited edition Greetings Cards. Celebrating our history and featuring inspiring images from our Archive & Textile Collection, there are 5 cards in a pack and 5 different selections to choose from.  Each pack costs £8.50.   The striking images r ...
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A Summer of Stitching

23-08-2017

We have continued to welcome students over the summer with the combination of our Short Courses running alongside our Certificate & Diploma Summer Intensives.  Many schools close during the summer months, but we remain open and as busy as ever becoming a retreat for many of our inter ...
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New Fashion Exhibition Now Open

22-08-2017

Our new exhibition Embellishment in Fashion at Hampton Court Palace is now open! Throughout the years, both professional and amateur dressmakers have used embroidery and beading to embellish garments and accessories. This exciting new display from the RSN’s unique Textile Collection ca ...
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