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Students achieve the highest standard in the art of hand embroidery with the RSN’s Certificate & Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery.

Whether you wish to study hand embroidery for your career, have always wanted to learn and now have the time, or simply want to keep an active mind, the RSN’s Certificate & Diploma (C&D) is a flexible course to suit everyone.  Students can begin the course at any time during the year and even choose days that suit them.  

Starting with Jacobean Crewelwork, Silk Shading, Goldwork and Blackwork or Canvas Stitches, Students then continue to develop their skills and learn additional techniques on the Diploma including Appliqué, Whitework and Quilting. 

There is also a choice of venues to study at: Hampton Court Palace, Bristol, Rugby, Durham and Glasgow.

Meet Ann Howden, from RSN Midlands, who is currently studying our Certificate & Diploma course:

Why did you decide to enrol on the RSN’s C&D course?I enrolled on the course because I was planning my early retirement from a busy, hectic career in sales and marketing. I started a year before I finished work and took days off to visit Hampton Court Palace.

What do you think are the benefits of attending the C&D course?
I love the course, even though I do other things as well it serves as a challenge and I’m always inspired by the Tutors and the other students’ work, just being in the class you learn so much.

What do you plan to do once you’ve finished your C&D course?
I consider this path my second career, because as I completed the Certificate I made small projects for family and friends and this led to a big commission as advisor and volunteer to the 11 Walsall Tapestries which will be seen at the NEC in March. Subsequently another commission for a client in the Cotswolds has emerged along with being part of a voluntary team who will Appliqué new designs to the church communion kneelers for the newly furbished Trinity Church.

Has anything inspired or surprised you on the C&D course?
All the ingredients are here at the RSN; excellent dedicated skilled master Tutors, knowledgeable, talented and supportive Students, all of whom share the same love of fine embroidery. This makes the Course rich, creative and inspirational; it’s just amazing what you can achieve.

For more information on our Certificate & Diploma course, please contact: Claire Harrington by email or call +44 (0)20 3166 6928

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