The Certificate consists of four modules, three of which are mandatory. They are completed in the following order. All modules are a minimum of eight days/40 hours unless otherwise stated.
Everyone begins with this module which is worked in crewel wool on linen using a variety of surface stitches. The design is a traditional one based on the tree of life. It introduces elements of design, stitch selection, colour choice and shading and accuracy.
Blackwork or Canvas Stitches
There is a choice of one of these counted thread options. Blackwork is a monochrome technique. In its modern form, as taught by the RSN, it uses manipulation of traditional counted patterns and a variety of thread weights to create a complete tonal range. Canvas stitches, another counted technique focuses on colour, texture and scale.
Choose from a flower, fruit, or vegetable. This technique, which is also known as “painting with a needle” is worked with Long and Short Stitch. The emphasis is on understanding and replicating colour, light and shade and stitch direction to create a realistic image.
This is a traditional technique. The emphasis is on precision in using a variety of goldwork threads. This module also introduces padding.