Karen Wilson says that studying at the RSN is a life-changing experience. She has completed her RSN Certificate and Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery, graduating this summer 2020. Here, Karen describes the invaluable benefits of her Certificate and Diploma coursework.

“I have been embroidering since my youth, having been self-taught after initial guidance from my mother. After retiring as a librarian and university manager at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, I was intrigued by the opportunity to acquire formal needlework education with RSN. In summer 2013, I arrived at Hampton Court Palace and was one of five students who completed all four Certificate intensive courses in eight weeks!

I did not anticipate studying Diploma level work, but later decided to take advantage of USA satellite campuses in San Francisco, CA and Williamsburg, VA, where I finished my Diploma courses one year at a time from 2014 to 2019. This has been a highlight of my 60s.

My studies with RSN have been a life-changing experience. Not only have I acquired a world-class education in traditional embroidery skills, but I also developed a network of friends from all walks of life. I learned to look at the world differently. I see colors, shapes, and shadows more vibrantly than before, and I can envision a potential embroidery composition in almost everything I encounter in my life and travels. I also have a deeper interest in the historical aspects of embroidery techniques and the development of metal threads.

My favorite embroidery technique is Goldwork. Everyone I meet is fascinated by its intricate beauty and sparkle. I recently began to instruct others in Goldwork and create kits of my designs, which I never imagined I would do! I had hoped to become a better embroiderer in my retirement years after studying at RSN, but I found that this education has led me far beyond that goal as I share my knowledge and love of embroidery with others now.”

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