Meeet Diana Craven from Hampshire in the UK

Diana started the Certificate at RSN Bristol in 2018. Prior to lockdown, Diana had completed her Jacobean Crewelwork and Canvaswork modules.

Diana explains: “I was in a difficult position when I started online learning. I had only done a couple of sessions on my Goldwork before lockdown, put my work away, and I was finding it hard. I didn’t want to attend in-person classes, being worried about potential infection so I was delighted when online learning started. I was, however, concerned about spending the whole day on Zoom, and tried out some shorter classes to get used to online learning. So, when I started C&D Online I felt prepared.

I started my online learning in November and, by mid-December, I had two sessions two weeks apart. My Tutor, Lisa Bilby, manages Zoom very well and has supported me for my IT skills (I use an iPad Pro for the Zoom class) as well as for my embroidery!

In many ways, it’s just like a normal C&D day; Lisa gives each student one-to-one time to get them started for the day. Her demonstrations are clear and easily seen on screen – better than in real life – and she is there throughout the day to answer questions. I send Lisa frequent photos of my work so that she can check that I’m doing ok. Lisa has recognised that I’m struggling a little with Goldwork and gives me clear instructions to work in baby steps, and I send frequent images via WhatsApp. We can enlarge the photos and look at my work in great detail. It’s a bit alarming, but very useful! Before the end of the session Lisa gives each student more one-to-one time to set their homework and to ensure they know what they’re doing.

It’s such a joy to be stitching and making progress again with RSN in such a safe way. Finally, at the end of a hard day’s work there is no tedious commute home. I enjoy working this way so much so that I would prefer to remain with online classes even when we are able to meet in person again.”