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….

The End of Term 3 is fast approaching, and I am still stitching ….

During these last few months I have been progressing through the third and final term of my First Year on the Future Tutors Course, and what a strange and interesting learning experience this term it has been! All Tuition across the entire term has been delivered either digitally/online. The way the RSN tutors have adapted… Continue reading The End of Term 3 is fast approaching, and I am still stitching ….

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

Stitching , Stitching, Stitching……..Goldwork.

Continuing on my Future Tutor journey, the focus for the first half of the Second term has been on the techniques of traditional Goldwork – learning how to handle, stitch, and store metal threads. All Future Tutor students are required to complete a set piece of Goldwork which has three of symbols that have been… Continue reading Stitching , Stitching, Stitching……..Goldwork.

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

Embroidery Exhibitions and a Mid-term break

The weather has turned decidedly cold here at Hampton Court Village with it being 4° C at 10 am this morning. I walk across the bridge over the Thames each morning on my way to the Palace, so I check how cold it is before I leave the house and the temperatures are definitely dropping.… Continue reading Embroidery Exhibitions and a Mid-term break

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…

Finally – The Future Tutors course commences

The Future Tutors course has finally commenced and over the past week I have attended the first 3 days. These first days were an organised orientation program introducing us (the new students) to the workings of Royal School of Needlework, its Staff, and more generally to Hampton Court Palace. After security passes were issued there… Continue reading Finally – The Future Tutors course commences

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.