Finally Finished

Believe it or not my 3 year journey through the Royal School of Needlework Future Tutors Programme has finally come to an end.

The graduation ceremony was held on Monday 4th July 2022 and, after being handed the highly sought after Purple Badge along with my certificate, I can now call myself a qualified RSN Tutor. After an intense and turbulent 3 years encompassing Covid, online and multi-mode learning, and multiple Lockdowns it was great to be able to finally celebrate with family and friends. I was fortunate to have both my ever understanding husband and my lovely neice come along to watch the proceedings and of course take a few celebratory photos.

The unexpected surprise of the day for me was being awarded the prize for Best Signature Piece. The Signature Piece is the name given to the final major project requirement of the Future Tutors Programme. We are encouraged to create an embroidered piece where we get free rein to choose the design and techniques, and we are asked to showcase what we can really do with embroidery. The planning, sampling, and creation of the work takes most of the final year and culminates in a formal presentation to a panel of assessors. I have not published much information about my piece, as I am hoping to enter it into the Hand and Lock Global prize for embroidery competition, so unfortunately it will remain under-wraps for a while yet.

The graduation ceremony was followed with a quick tour through the exhibition of student works, where I had four of my FTP embroideries on display. I was also able to give my family a sneeky peek at a commission piece I have been working on in the studio – for which I am one of the 2 designers – so that was an extra bit fun. We then went off to have a lovely communal lunch in the palace gardens. After our family members had headed home, we proceeded to the closest pub to really let the hair down.

It was a wonderful way to end the three years which I have spent with four other amazing women (my fellow students Amanda, Natalie, Sonia and Nao) who all love embroidery as much as I do. I will be staying in the UK for a few more months, hopefully to finally undertake some of my travel plans that have been so constrained before this. Then it is back to Australia to commence the new adventure as a freelance Embroidery specialist.

A key goal on returning to Australia will be to establish the RSN Australian Satellite in Brisbane, and once I have scoped out a suitable venue, and established a program and schedule, I will be looking for expressions of interest for students who would like to commence an RSN Certificate via classes in Australia. So much yet to do, but this ends my story of attending the Future Tutors Programme, …. for now …..

Thanks for both following along on the adventure with me, and also many thanks for the continuing encouragement.

By Sally

Passionate embroiderer who loves to learn and pass on fine hand embroidery skills.


  1. Congratulations on so many levels and for your many achievements. What a fabulous achievement overall and for your awards and commissions. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Enjoy your relaxing time now and best wishes for your future goals.

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  2. Hi Sally


    It doesn’t seem like 3 yrs that you left. I can’t wait for you to be back at the Guild.

    Brisbane will become the Australian mecca for needlework.

    Congrats again.



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  3. Sally, so very very proud of your dedication, strength and persistence and can’t wait to be your first student. How wonderful to be able to celebrate with your husband and niece. A massive congratulations on your fantastic achievements.

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  4. Hi Sally, what an amazing achievement. Congratulations! I have followed your journey from the beginning, right from when I met you at that very first class in the Certificate Course. I can’t wait to visit you back in Brisbane and experience your wonderful tuition. Safe travels.

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  5. Congratulations, Sally. What an amazing journey you have been on. Thank you for sharing your adventure. The amount of work you have put in has been enormous. I really admire your tenacity but I should not be surprised because you are a Randle. Have fun exploring before you return to Australia. All the best for the future. Kind Regards, Rhondda Fanning

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  6. Congratulations Sally. It has been such a joy following your journey through your studies and I’m looking forward to seeing you back in Brisbane again after you have had time to relax and enjoy some travelling.

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  7. Many congratulations Sally on your wonderful achievement, and thank you so much for sharing your journey.
    Wishing you all the best for your future.x

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  8. Congratulations Sally! What an achievement. Well done.
    I am so looking forward to you establishing a satellite RSN in Brisbane. Consider this my ‘Expression of interest’.
    Enjoy the rest of your stay.
    Warmest wishes

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  9. My heartiest congratulations, Sally. I know how hard you’ve worked and how superb your work is, definitely time to let your hair down for awhile. Love to you and Mike.

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  10. Congratulations Sally, amazing work you have created. I enjoyed your blog very much. Thanks for sharing. Hope to see you in Australia with some of your beautiful embroidery. Best wishes, Annette from Judi’s Sunshine Coast Rugging and textile craft group

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  11. Hello Sally… CONGRATULATIONS on your graduation and fingers crossed for the Hand & Lock excited for you!!

    Once you are back in Brisbane I hope to catch up with you… I live near Coffs Harbour now but get back to Brisbane/Toowoomba every few months. I have toyed with the idea of starting my Diploma under your tutelage… but would need to have a good hard think about such an undertaking.

    Enjoy your travels. I’m heading to the UK in September with the Needlework Tours people. Thank you for sharing your stitching journey with us all.

    Kind regards.. Cheryl Kealy

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  12. Congratulations Sally! Such an achievement after life events being thrown in your way ! Am glad to have followed you and watched your progress.

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  13.  Hi SallyCongratulations on your brilliant achievements at the RSN.  I am sure you are happy that you took the plunge and spent what seems like a wonderful three years over there.  I will very much look forward to the big reveal of your signature piece.  Have a lovely few months off, and I hope to see you here in Canberra some time when you get back.  Or when I travel up north (things must improve by the time you get back here). Best wishesElaine


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