Intensive Courses in Williamsburg, Virginia

We’re delighted to be able to offer Intensive Certificate & Diploma courses for our students based in the US.

The Intensive courses span 12 days and you can choose which technique you would like to cover, either from Certificate or Diploma depending on where you are in your journey.

If you are already a C&D Student & want to book, please click the Log In or Book Courses Now button above to book your place.

Course Structure

Each module on the course is a 70 hours+ project; 40 hours of which is tuition and 30 is personal study. The intensive courses are hard work as a result, but students find it very rewarding to study amongst like-minded embroiderers.

An Intensive Course follows this structure:

  • An Intensive Course follows this structure:

    Monday: Tuition Monday: Tuition
    Tuesday: Tuition Tuesday: Work on Own – on site
    Wednesday: Tuition Wednesday: Tuition
    Thursday: Work on Own – on site Thursday: Tuition/mounting and handing in
    Friday: Tuition
    Saturday: Tuition
    Sunday: Work on Own – off site

    On tuition days, classes take place from 10.00 to 16.00 and on non-tuition days the classroom is open to students between the same times for personal study, but there will be no tutors on site.

On tuition days, classes take place from 10.00 to 16.00 at Williamsburg School of Needlework, 5121 Center Street, Williamsburg, Virginia 23188 USA.

On non-tuition days the classroom is open to students between the same times for personal study, but there will be no tutors on site.

Equipment and Materials

All equipment, materials and threads will be available to purchase or borrow. A slate frame is only provided for the first module (Jacobean), so please bring one with you for the other three modules.

For those of you who are new to the RSN, there will be a Starter Kit for some of the modules, which will include everything that you need to get started.

A general sewing kit which should include scissors and thimbles, if you use them. A notebook, pencil, tape measure and small ruler are always useful.

If you require or normally use an additional light and magnifier please bring this with you or alternatively, these will be available with a deposit which will be returned on the return of the equipment.


Tea and coffee will be provided in the morning and at break times. We highly recommend that you take breaks and stretch your legs during the day and advise students not to work through their lunch breaks. It is possible to purchase lunch from local restaurants and cafés or you may wish to bring your own.

No food or drink is permitted in the classrooms.

Information regarding accommodation, travel and security:

We do not provide accommodation. When you register onto the course you will receive an accommodation list for the local area that you may find helpful.

Tips from Our Tutors

Our experienced and supportive tutors will encourage you to develop your skills to a very high standard. Here are some tips from our tutors for you to consider. It is important to heed the advice from the tutors as they want to ensure that you learn each of the techniques to the best of your ability.

The design is a vehicle to give you the most technical knowledge. The tutor will have source material for you to look at but feel free to bring some ideas along with you to create your own original design.

Keep on top of the homework by completing it on the day it is set.

If attending all four modules, do not allow one technique to run into another by the end of the session.

Keep it simple but do it well.

Next Steps

If you are already a registered C&D Student you can use the Log in or Book Now button at the top of this page to book onto an Intensive Course.

If you would like  more information about joining the C&D Programme click here to find out how to get started.

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

Terms & Conditions

Please note that the Intensive Courses in Williamsburg are non-refundable.