Sonja Galsworthy

Sonja joined the RSN in 1991 as an apprentice at 16 years – one of the youngest apprentices on file. She graduated in 1994 and was fortunate to work on many prestigious commissions at the RSN’s Embroidery Studio, including the Duchess of Norfolk’s christening robe.

After graduating, Sonja became a freelance embroiderer, working for Watts & Co on church banners, altar frontals and priests’ apparel. Sonja also worked on a project by award winning milliner Philip Treacey – his infamous Black Galleon Ship hat worn by Isabella Blow on many occasions. Sonja returned to the RSN to work in the RSN Embroidery Studio in 2013 and gained a teaching qualification in 2014.  Sonja has taught a number of Day & Evening Classes for the RSN around the UK as well as being part of the RSN Tutor team for the inaugural Online International Summer School in July 2021.

In 2020, Sonja was awarded The Beryl Dean Award for Teaching Excellence in Embroidery & Design in Textile Art. The judges were particularly impressed at how Sonja had adapted to online teaching during the pandemic and her passion for inspiring the next generation of young embroiderers. In 2021, Sonja helped inspire school children around the UK to pick up a needle and thread by creating a series of videos for the RSN’s schools project ‘Embroider a Selfie’. Sonja created four videos which are available to view on the RSN’s YouTube channel @RoyalNeedlework.

In 2023, Sonja was honoured to be part of the Embroidery Studio team at the Royal School of Needlework who worked on a number of items for the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla, including The Queen’s Robe of Estate, the Anointing Screen, Chairs of State and the Stole Royal.”

Courses

Start Date Name Details Location Price Availability
06/03/2024

ONL24027 Experimental Embroidery

£163.00 6 123
£163.00 6 123
25/05/2024

HCP24075 Introduction to Canvaswork: Inspired by Mondrian’

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU £149.00 10 123
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU £149.00 10 123
12/06/2024

ONL24070 Visible Mending

£125.00 14 123
£125.00 14 123
16/06/2024

HCP24074 Introduction to Goldwork: ‘William Morris’

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU £184.00 12 123
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU £184.00 12 123
15/07/2024

SS24HCP508 Contemporary Experimental Embroidery NEW

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU £710.00 *Special Price. 8 123
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU £710.00 *Special Price. 8 123