The Diploma course allows you to progresses on from the basic skills gained in the Certificate course giving you the opportunity to develop these and increase your knowledge. Classes are taught by our team of expert tutors.

The programme is flexible with a range of dates and days available to allow you to fit the course around current work or family commitments.

Students who have completed 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.

Please note: Students cannot start the Diploma course without first completing the Certificate course.

Diploma Course Structure

There are four mandatory modules:

  • Applique
  • Canvas stitches or Blackwork – whichever was not taken at certificate level
  • Advanced silk shading (animal, fish, bird etc.) or Tapestry shaded figure
  • Advanced gold work

Optional techniques – two can be chosen:

  • Canvas shading
  • Stumpwork
  • Creative metal thread
  • Tassels and cords
  • Whitework – pulled and drawn threads
  • Whitework – Richelieu and Broderie Anglaise
  • Quilting – English, Italian and Trapunto
  • Preliminary box and Creative box

Please note:

* If you wish to progress onto our Post Diploma Techniques course in Fine Whitework, you must choose both Whitework (Pulled & Drawn Thread) and Whitework (Broderie Anglaise & Richelieu) as your two optional Diploma modules.

**If you wish to progress onto our Post Diploma Techniques course in Advanced Box Making, we recommend you choose Box Construction as one of your optional Diploma modules.


Technique Duration Training Days
Appliqué Minimum 8 days Mon-Sun
Advanced Silk Shading Minimum 8 days Mon-Sun
Advanced Goldwork Minimum 8 days Mon-Sun
Canvas Stitches or Blackwork – whichever was not taken at certificate level Minimum 8 days Mon-Sun
Optional techniques – two can be chosen:
Canvas Shading 8 days Mon-Sun
Stumpwork 8 days Mon-Sun
Creative Metal Thread 8 days Mon-Sun
Tassels & Cords 4 days Mon-Sun
Whitework (Pulled & Drawn Thread)* 8 days Mon-Sun
Whitework (Broderie Anglaise & Richelieu)* 8 days Mon-Sun
Quilting (English, Italian & Trapunto) 8 days Mon-Sun
Box Construction** 8 days Mon-Sun

The classes are mixed and you can start whenever is convenient for you within the term, but you must have completed and passed our Certificate course first.

Course Duration

You have 5 years to complete the Diploma. You can vary how you undertake the course with a mixture of online and onsite now on offer. The average time to complete the course is approximately 3 years. We recommend that you commit to attending a class at least every other week (dependent on your satellite) allowing sufficient time in between lessons to complete the homework set, in order to get the maximum benefit from time with your tutor.

You can manage your bookings online via Bookeo, and it is highly advisable to book well in advance to ensure you get the days you want.

There is also an option to do a summer intensive at Hampton Court which runs from June – August and it is possible complete one or more modules at once – however this can be very intense! We also offer an intensive course in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Alternatively you can also complete the course intensively during regular C&D tuition at Hampton Court or any of our UK satellites. We do offer an intensive in Williamsburg in Spring and Autumn.


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

  • Per day: £155
  • Per Module: £1240 (total of 1 module)
  • Payment in full: £7440 (total of 6 modules)

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

You’ll need to have completed the Certificate in Technical Hand Embroidery before you can do the Diploma. On successful completion of the Certificate course, you can book straight onto the Diploma course via Bookeo.

Current Students

If you’ve not yet undertaken the Certificate course and are considering starting then we invite you to attend one of our Open Days.

Or Contact the Education Team to discuss your options: E: [email protected]