Certificate in Technical Hand Embroidery

This course enable you to develop solid skills and become part of a long tradition of maintaining the highest standards in hand embroidery. Classes are taught by our team of expert tutors, all professionally trained at the RSN.

Click here to meet the RSN tutors.

The programme is flexible with a range of dates and days available to complete the courses allowing you to fit the course around current work or family commitments. Consistency is the key with this course.

Students who have done our Certificate and Diploma Courses in Technical Hand Embroidery have gone on to use their skills as designers and embroiderers on private and public commissions including community textile projects, work for churches, cathedrals and religious buildings as well as in fashion.

Course Structure

There are 4 modules to complete:

  • Jacobean Crewelwork (this module must be done first)
  • Blackwork or Canvas Stitch (choose your preferred technique)
  • Silk Shading
  • Basic Goldwork
Technique Duration Training Days
Jacobean Crewelwork Minimum 8 days Mon-Sun
Blackwork or Canvas Stitch                           (choose your preferred technique) Minimum 8 days Mon-Sun
Silk Shading Minimum 8 days Mon-Sun
Basic Goldwork Minimum 8 days Mon-Sun

For each module you will need to completed a minimum of 8 days tuition.

Allow for the same days of homework in between, so there is a minimum of 32 days needed to complete the Certificate.

Course Duration

You have 4 years to complete the Certificate or 5 years if you are doing it via the intensive route. Then a following 5 years to complete the Diploma. The average to complete the course is usually 2 years. We recommend that you commit to doing a class at least once every two weeks to get the maximum benefit from your training. Consistency is what will give you best out of the programme.

You can manage your time by booking online, and it is advised to book in advance to allow tutors to give you the most realistic homework in the time frame when you return, and to make sure you get the days you want.

There is also an option to do a summer intensive at Hampton Court which runs from June – August each year and you can choose which modules you would like to attend, or you can complete all four however they are intensive! Intensive courses are also run in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Alternatively you can also complete the course using normal C&D tuition or with our intensive programmes. We run these at Hampton Court & in Williamsburg or you can do a mixture of teaching methods to complete the course. The course is flexible to be able to let you make the most of it.

Term Dates

  • Autumn Term – 6th September 2018 to 12th December 2018
  • Spring Term – 8th January 2019 to 15th April 2019
  • Summer Term – 23rd April to 22nd June 2019
  • Intensive courses at Hampton Court – 24th June 2019 to 16th August 2019


You can opt to pay per day, per module or for the whole course in full.

  • Per day: £135
  • Per Module: £1,080 (total of 1 module)
  • Payment in full: £4,320 (total of 4 modules)

Some modules have starter kits which you will also need to purchase:

  • Jacobean starter kit: £120 (this includes the 24″ slate frame).
  • Blackwork starter kit: £21.50
  • Goldwork starter kit: £37.00
  • Not all modules have starter kits. Everything will be ready for you in the classroom and includes everything that you need to get started. All additional materials that you may need throughout your course can be purchased from the Education department.

Next Steps

The first thing we do is invite you to attend one of our Open Days.

If you are interested in joining our Certificate & Diploma courses then our Open Days are the perfect opportunity for you to experience the academic setting at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace or at one of our satellite locations around the UK. We’ll introduce you to the programme and some of the tutors as well as giving you the tour of our rooms at Hampton Court and prestigious embroidery studio for some inspiration!

Book onto a Certificate & Diploma Open Day

Register for the Course

Or Contact the Education Team to discuss your options: E: [email protected] T: 0203 166 6928