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From my last blog post you will be aware that I was super excited to have been offered a place by the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) on their 3 year Future Tutors course, and that taking up this offer involved packing up my life in Australia and moving to the U.K. to follow my dream. The planning and preparation for the move had taken over from everything else in my life for the last few months, and has been a huge effort, greatly supported by family and friends, with lots of tedious admin, some sheer physical hard work, and a little luck, but now its done.

As of this week we have finally settled into a cute little cottage in the village near Hampton Court Palace. The Future Tutors course will actually commence in early September so, just to keep my embroidery hand in, I decided to take a couple of recreational stitching day classes at the RSN during the second half of August. Fortunately this plan allowed me to have a break from assembling all the Ikea bits and pieces we purchased to furnish the cottage in order to make it our home for the next 3 years!

Being at the RSN also enabled me to catch up during lunch time with some of the lovely girls I had met in class last year – they were there all completing their Goldwork intensive classes. Really lucky to see the beautiful Goldwork work being done by Sonja, Louisa, Marlous and Caitlin.

Rachel Doyle – Sailing kit

My first RSN day class was with the lovely tutor and designer Rachel Doyle. The class piece was her gorgeous little “Sailing” boat design in Pulled Whitework. I first saw this design pop up on the RSN Facebook site when they were advertising the next batch of day classes and immediately knew that this was one I would love to try. I was also fortunate to have had Rachel as a tutor previously when doing Canvas Stitches classes, and I knew her designs and kits were really special. I briefly in a previous post about another of Rachel Doyle’s kits ‘ The Wool Rack’ that I completed last summer.

It was a lovely day to be at the Palace with the summer sun shining after a few grey days. For me it felt like I was returning home – the lovely RSN course managers Noleen and Hari are so welcoming – and Rachel had the room beautifully set up ready for the class of 12 eager students. See all those Purple bags!

In Class at RSN Hampton Court Palace

The best thing about taking a day class at the RSN is that you can simply turn up and everything is supplied – however I still need to remember to take my close up stitching glasses!

My stitched pulled work – Rachel Doyle’s design and kit

I did manage to get this piece finished and in my next post I will show you what I plan to do with it.

I am loving being back in the U.K.