The RSN Future Tutors programme is specifically designed for those who want a career in teaching hand embroidery techniques to the highest standard. This three-year full-time course is the RSN’s own professional qualification and will include a teaching qualification to City & Guilds Level 3.

For more information, please contact [email protected]

The programme provides you with:

  • Technical skills in a wide variety of hand embroidery techniques
  • Knowledge of teaching theory and practice
  • Elements of commercial practice relevant to freelance embroiderers.

On completion, you will have:

  • The skills to teach hand embroidery techniques to RSN Certificate, Diploma and Degree level
  • The skills to work as a professional embroiderer in a commercial studio
  • Some experience of restoration and conservation work
  • A broad insight into the life of a freelance embroiderer.

What techniques can I learn?

Jacobean Crewelwork, Blackwork, Canvas Stitches, Silk Shaded Botanical, Basic Goldwork, Appliqué, Coronation Goldwork, Silk Shaded Animal, Canvas Shading, Stumpwork, General Whitework, Box Making, Fine Whitework, Beadwork, Both-Sides-Alike, Quilting, and Silk Shaded Figure.

Where can I learn?

Students are based at Hampton Court Palace, South West London. They also spend time at our regional satellite venues and public shows around the country, assisting with classes, exhibitions and demonstrating at events.

Your tuition week includes:

  • Two days technical stitch instruction for First and Second Year students and training in the RSN Embroidery Studio for Third Years
  • Two days self-directed work on teaching files and assessment pieces. (Each completed module is assessed and requires a high standard of achievement to demonstrate full understanding of the skills learned.)
  • One day of Art, Business Skills, off-site study trips

You will have eight weeks off during the year: two weeks at both Christmas and Easter and four weeks during the summer.

Future tutors courses at the royal school of needlework
the wall of wool at the rsn embroidery studio

Entry Qualifications

A good level of education to ‘A’ Level or equivalent, including a high standard of written and spoken English. No previous experience of embroidery is required but some knowledge of art and design is useful. Good communication and motor skills are required and the ability to pay attention to fine detail.


The full fees are £11,500 per annum (as at September 2018) however we continually seek to bring this cost down as part of our overall fundraising activities. Some partial funding may therefore be available to assist with fees, along with student bursaries. We are always happy to discuss the level of support that might be available.

You will have an opportunity to undertake paid work with the RSN from the end of the first year.

How do I apply?

Please download an application form and send it with your CV and covering letter listing two personal references by email to: [email protected] or by post to:

Royal School of Needlework
Apartment 12a
Hampton Court Palace,
East Molesey

The deadline for submissions is 1 March 2019. First interviews take place week commencing 25 March 2019; second interviews week commencing 8 April 2019.

For all enquiries about the Future Tutors programme please contact:


Kelley Aldridge, Programme Coordinator
Tel: +44 20 3166 6932
Email: [email protected]

Below are the bursaries that were awarded in 2017-18. The actual bursaries may change for each year and those for 2018-19 will be announced in September 2018.

Future Tutor Bursaries 2017-18

The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers’ Bursaries

This Worshipful Company, one of the ancient City Livery Companies, has a strong affiliation with the RSN as we are one of the few organisations which continue to use gold and silver wire in our work. For this year, in addition to their Degree bursaries, they will offer one bursary of £2,000 for a UK-based Future Tutor.

Worshipful Company of Needlemakers’ bursaries

The Worshipful Company has long been a supporter and gives two awards to RSN Degree Students. They support us as one of two organisations that make good use of needles: embroiderers and surgeons. This year there is a bursary of £2000 for one UK based Future Tutor who can demonstrate need.

Coats Foundation Trust

The Coats Foundation Trust is the charitable arm of Coats Crafts from which we get Anchor thread and many other stitching accoutrements. We have used their materials since our founding. This award is for a Future Tutor student,who must be UK-based, and able to show financial need. The award will be for £3,000.

Eva Stokes

Eva is an RSN supporter who is 90. She says that all her Friends are either ‘falling off their perch’ or going on Cruises, she wants to do neither and instead wants to make something happen while she is still alive so she has donated a pot of money which will give us a bursary of £1000 a year.

Victoria Adams Scholarship Fund

Victoria Adams was a Life Friend of the RSN, born in England she later moved to Canada. She believed passionately in the skills and enjoyment of embroidery and wanted more people to have the opportunity to learn these skills to the highest level at the RSN in order to keep the art of hand embroidery alive. Bursaries for 2017-18 will potentially be available to Future Tutors in any year of the course and will usually range from £1000. To be awarded a higher amount you must demonstrate particular need.

Janet Churm

Janet was an RSN Friend and left a sum of money to support both the Future Tutors and the Degree.  Bursaries for 2017-18 will potentially be available to students on any year of the course and will usually range from £1000. To be awarded a higher amount you must demonstrate particular need.

In Memory of Wendy Hogg

Wendy Hogg worked for the RSN for more than 40 years and when she died she left a legacy to provide some bursary support and we also use it for a prize for mounting each year. This is an award of £1000 to a Future Tutor who can demonstrate need.

Headley Foundation

Part of the Sainsbury family of Foundation’s this is the first time they have supported the Future Tutor programme but had previously supported the Apprenticeship. The funding comprises support for the course and a bursary of up to £2000 according to need.

Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust

The Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust has previously supported the RSN with materials for display and conservation. This is the first time that they have supported the Future Tutors directly with a bursary. They are offering a bursary of £2000 according to need.