By becoming a Friend of the RSN, you can make a vital contribution in supporting our ongoing development and our future. Without this regular support, we would not be able to continue our work.

New Membership options for 2024!

As well as helping support our ongoing work, RSN Standard Friends receive a number of benefits including exclusive biannual newsletters, advance information and priority booking notifications for classes and events, along with 10% discount on RSN Shop purchases, Exhibition Tours, and Online Talks.

RSN Stitching Friends receive the same benefits as Standard Friends PLUS 10% discount on selected Day Classes and Short Courses (including the RSN International Summer School).

Existing Friends — please see details for ‘renewing’ further below.

Support from RSN Friends has helped us to:

  • Ensure we continue to train students to the highest standards.
  • Plan and develop the future of the RSN.
  • Enable RSN Collection and Archive items to be researched, conserved and recorded.
  • Make our resources open to a new generation of artists and makers.
  • Offer bursaries and prizes to our students and Future Tutors.

Become a Friend of the RSN Today!

Standard Friend Stitching Friend
UK Friend (Annual) £45/year £75/year
International Friend (Annual) £65/year (charged in GBP) £95/year
(charged in GBP)
Life Friend (One-off payment) £750 £1,200
Life Friend Over 65 (One-off payment) £660 £975
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Membership Benefits    
10%(*) discount on selected RSN Day Classes and Short Courses No Yes
10%(*) discount on RSN Shop Purchases Yes Yes
10%(*) discount on Online Talks and onsite exhibition Tours Yes Yes
An exclusive invitation to our annual Friends Open Day Yes Yes
Biannual newsletters Yes Yes
Advance notification of any public exhibitions of parts of the RSN Collection and Archive. Yes Yes
Advance information and priority booking options for RSN classes, events and exhibitions organised by the RSN. Yes Yes
An annual update on the RSN’s development. Yes Yes
Life Friends only: an invitation to a special event in the first year of joining. Yes (Life) Yes (Life)
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Become a Special Supporter

There are also five categories of RSN Special Supporters which are identified by some of the most recognisable materials of the embroiderer’s art: Gold, Silk, Cotton, Wool and Ribbon.

By becoming a Special Supporter you’ll be giving additional support to the RSN, enabling us to do more in promoting hand embroidery.

Gold Circle £5,000 per year
Silk Circle £2,500 per year
Cotton Circle £1,500 per year
Wool Circle £500 per year
Ribbon Circle £250 per year

As an RSN Special Supporter you’ll be invited to exclusive Special Supporters Days, special events and exhibitions at the RSN and at external venues as well as all the benefits of an RSN Stitching Friend membership.

Renewing your Annual Membership

Annual Friends and Special Supporter memberships are renewable on the anniversary of joining. Existing Friends and Supporters can renew online via their My Account page or by purchasing a new Membership here which will extend the term of any current, identical Membership by one year.

Friends who joined or last renewed before December 19, 2023.

When renewing your membership you will be automatically renewed as an RSN Standard Friend. Please note that this membership level does not include 10% discount on classes. To update to an RSN Stitching Friend membership please contact us at [email protected]. Alternatively, do not follow your ‘renew’ link, but instead purchase a new RSN Stitching Friend membership directly and allow your previous membership to expire. Thank you.


For more information

For more information about becoming a Friend of the RSN, our membership packages, paying by Direct Debit or how your contribution can make a difference, please contact [email protected].


(*) Please note: your 10% discount on Day Classes, Talks, Events and Shop purchases will become available automatically only after your Friends membership order has been processed. For this reason we recommend you complete your Friends membership order individually and that you do not include other items in your shopping basket on the same order as those items will not receive a discount. Subsequent orders will automatically receive the Friends discount for qualifying items as long as you are signed in to the site at the time of purchase.

(**) Please note: the 10% discount on classes is not valid for Certificate and Diploma Courses, or for the Self-Paced Video Online Courses run in partnership with David & Charles.