Final term of 2nd Year.

I am amazed to realise that I have just commenced the final term of my second year of the RSN Future Tutors course. This term is the last one that is completely classroom based; in our third year we move into the studio to commence the restoration and studio modules of the course. The best… Continue reading Final term of 2nd Year.

Term 1 of Year 2 – the adventure continues….

I have really enjoyed the summer (August) break from classes but now I am more than ready to get back into RSN stitching. Truthfully most of the month of August was not much of a break and my embroidery time has been filled with completing my Mixed Whitework and Silkshading pieces from last term. I… Continue reading Term 1 of Year 2 – the adventure continues….

A new term, new techniques, and finalising Blackwork

Keeping Busy I do hope this post finds you keeping well and busy. I remind myself that what this situation gives us is time. Maybe for some of us it is the time and opportunity to be – or become – a better embroiderer? That’s what I hope to do with this gift of time,… Continue reading A new term, new techniques, and finalising Blackwork

Term 2 is underway.

The second term of my journey on the RSN Future Tutors course is in full swing and I am currently working on a traditional Goldwork piece called Three Gold Symbols. This is one of the set pieces on the Future Tutors course and takes us through learning many of the traditional Goldwork techniques and applications… Continue reading Term 2 is underway.

End of Term and a little more Recreational Stitching

1st Term draws to a close The end of my first term as a student on the RSN Future Tutors course is fast approaching and I am required to hand in my completed embroideries for assessment on Thursday this week. Then I get to enjoy a two week break for Christmas, before returning to class… Continue reading End of Term and a little more Recreational Stitching

Start with a solid foundation…

As my journey on the RSN Future Tutors course gets underway Module One (the last two weeks) have focussed on building a solid foundation of Basic Skills. After the excitement of being handed a wonderful box of embroidery supplies we finally got down to the business of using them. The 2019 intake of Future Tutors… Continue reading Start with a solid foundation…

Boxing up the Whitework Ship

The second RSN short course that I had enrolled in – just for a little recreational holiday stitching – was Advanced Box Making with Heather Lewis. This 2 day course was conducted over a Saturday and Sunday in mid August at Hampton Court Palace.

Creating fabric covered boxes – usually incorporating embroidery – is one of the techniques that the RSN offers as an option on their Diploma. Heather Lewis, our tutor, has been working at the RSN for almost 20 years in a variety of roles across both Studio work and tutoring, and she has significant experience in box making. She is actually now in the final stages of preparing to release a book on Box Making, and she brought along a number of her beautiful boxes to inspire us.

RSN Diploma – Module 2 – Appliqué

Appliqué is a technique that many embroiderers will be familiar with, especially if quilting also features in your stitching repertoire, however the RSN Diploma Appliqué Module takes this technique further into some specific elements and focuses on dimension and edges. The brief for the Appliqué module explains that the RSN is looking for the embroiderer… Continue reading RSN Diploma – Module 2 – Appliqué

RSN Diploma – Module 1 completed

Inspiration Images

I was privileged to be able to view some wonderful Canvaswork pieces during the Royal School of Needlework – Animals in Embroidery exhibition and as a result I have actually come to a much better appreciation of the complexity of this technique. The texture that can be achieved through a wide variety of stitchs is… Continue reading RSN Diploma – Module 1 completed