I first heard of the RSN when I went to a talk by RSN Chief Executive, Dr Susan Kay-Williams, at an event in Dorset. I was already a keen embroiderer so on hearing about the Certificate course, and seeing the work done by students, I knew immediately that this was something I wanted to do.

I completed the first 3 modules of Jacobean Crewelwork, Canvaswork and Goldwork at Hampton Court Palace as a regular day student. The flexibility of the programme allowed me to fit the course around my work commitments. I enjoyed all the modules, but particularly Canvaswork because of the variety of stitches and threads you can use to give depth and texture.

We moved overseas before I could complete the Silk Shading module as a day student, so I took up the option to complete the Certificate during the Summer Intensive Programme at a later date. Again, it is the flexibility of learning which is great, along with the wealth of knowledge and patience of the Tutors. Working alongside fellow students in the wonderful setting of Hampton Court Palace is inspirational.

Embroidery helped me tremendously during lock down. To be able to sit and enjoy stitching definitely helped my wellbeing. I set myself a project of doing a series of small colourful birds in Silk Shading. I call them my lockdown flock!