Craft and embroidery have been a passion of mine since childhood, visiting my grandmother’s farm and watching her do everything from shearing sheep to knitting clothes and embroidering wall hangings. When looking for courses, I came across the Royal School of Needlework and couldn’t believe that there is a school that specialises in my love, embroidery. I wasn’t confident enough to study at the RSN straight away so attended other courses and started learning Japanese embroidery instead. But my dream was always to study at the RSN and, after few years, I got the courage to enrol onto the Certificate course.

I completed my studies at Hampton Court Palace. It has a great atmosphere and I loved spending Saturdays in the historic palace working on my embroideries. I enjoyed the whole process, from designing the pieces to mounting the final work.

My favourite technique was Goldwork. Learning to create different textures using padding to give a 3D effect and getting to know how to handle different metallic threads.

Surprisingly, Canvaswork was challenging for me. I thought it will feel more familiar as I had stitched on counted canvas before. It turned out to be a complicated puzzle and choosing which stitches to use was initially difficult but I am satisfied with the finished result. Support from the Tutors was great, they are so knowledgeable and skilled and made the whole learning process enjoyable and fun.

The RSN Certificate Course has given me motivation and courage to experiment with embroidery, so much so that I had an exhibition of my work at the University of Tartu in Estonia. My family and friends could finally see my embroidered pieces in person and discover how beautiful and versatile it can be. My future is definitely related to embroidery and I hope to return to the RSN Diploma Course, to learn new techniques and improve my skills. I find practicing embroidery calming, it is almost like meditation – a perfect antidote to a hectic city life.

My work can be found on my Instagram @ellipoder and on website www.ellipoder.com