Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery

The Diploma course progresses you on from the basic skills gained in the Certificate Course giving you the opportunity to further develop your skills and increase your knowledge. Classes are taught by our team of expert tutors, each with a minimum of three years professional training at the RSN. 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.

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.

Students cannot start the Diploma without first completing the Certificate.

Course Structure

There are six modules to complete:

  • Applique
  • Advanced Silk Shading
  • Advanced Goldwork
  • Canvas Stitch or Blackwork (choose your preferred technique)

Followed by two further modules chosen from this list:

  • Stumpwork
  • Whitework
  • Canvas Shading
  • Quilting
Technique Duration Training Days
Applique Minimum 8 days Mon-Sun
Advanced Silk Shading Minimum 8 days Mon-Sun
Advanced Goldwork Minimum 8 days Mon-Sun
Canvas Stitch or Blackwork                            (choose your preferred technique) Minimum 8 days Mon-Sun
Then a choice of two of the following:
Stumpwork 8 days Mon-Sun
Whitework 8 days Mon-Sun
Canvas Shading 8 days Mon-Sun
Quilting 8 days Mon-Sun

A minimum of 48 days tuition is needed to complete the Diploma, which will need to be matched with the same amount of homework days.

The classes are mixed ability so you can start whenever is convenient for you within the term.

Course Duration

You have 4 years to complete the Certificate or 5 years if you are doing it via the intensive route and then a following 5 years to complete the Diploma. The average to complete the course however is usually around 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.

There is also an option to do a summer intensive at Hampton Court which runs from June – August and can complete one or several modules at once. We also offer intensive course in Williamsburg, Virginia.

You could do a combination of days and intensive courses to complete the course.

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.

  • You can opt to pay per day, per module or for the whole course in full.
  • Per day: £135 (total of 48 days)
  • Per Module: £1,080 (total of 6 modules)
  • Payment in full: £6,480

Any materials required will be ready for you in the classroom and will include everything that you need to get started.

Next Steps

You’ll need to have completed the Certificate in Technical Hand Embroidery before you can do the Diploma. If you’ve completed the Certificate course, you can book straight into the Diploma courses using your current log-in.

Book here

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

You’ll visit our beautiful apartments in the historic Hampton Court Palace. We’ll introduce you to the programme and some of the tutors as well as giving you the tour of our rooms 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