Royal School of Needlework

Williamsburg Classes

May, 2015

All Courses Sold Out

RSN In Wiiliamsburg

RSN Day Classes

May 2-4, 2016      Butterfly Brooches   Sold Out


The Butterfly Brooch designs are inspired by the delicate patterns and rich color combinations seen in real butterfly wings, further enhanced by the equally intricate patterns and vivid colors of Italian Milefiori glass. During this 3 day workshop you will learn techniques required to make a highly scultured brooch base, then embellishing this using a broad range of metal thread work - such as pearl purl, couching, cut purl mosaic work, chipping, spangles and pleated metal. A full working project kit will be provided containing all materials required, fabrics with preprinted design lines, and a comprehensive, fully illustrated instruction book. All Materials Included

Jenny Adin- Christie

RSN Tutor

Day Classes

The Butterfly Brooch

May 6-7, 2016   Whitework Buttons    Class still Open 


The Whitework Buttons are a fabulous way to explore the breadth of the whitework spectrum in greater depth. The project is inspired by the myriad textures, patterns and designs of historical buttons. Each button design teaches a range of stitches from the whitework specture such as sclulptured satin stitch, pulled work, drawn thread, net darning, shadow work, cutwork, Broderie Anglaise and Ayreshire needlelace. 5 Button design choices will be provided. AYR4ESHIRE BUTTON, BUTTERCUP BUTTON SCABIOUS BUTTON, ROSES BUTTON. Students may order 1 or more of the designs. They will be able to work 2 smaller buttons or 1 larger button in class. All materials are included in each of the kits. provided.


Whitework Buttons .

May 9-10, 2016   Elizabethan Sweetie Bag   Sold Out


Sweete Bags are derived from the Elizabethan period. They are small bags usually square and measuring no more than 3 to 5 inches. They were used to contain and present highly prized gifts amongst the aristocracy, particularly gold coins. They could also contain sweets, or perfumes. Such bags were highly and richly embroidered often leaving none of the background cloth visible. using gold, silver and silk threads. The floral design in this project is the beautful white and green Christmas Rose. This name stems from an old legend which speaks of the flower growning out of the snow from the tears of a child who had no gift to bring at the birth of Christ. This project makes a perfect tree ornament. A choice of two color ways will be provided green & white with a silver background or pink and green with a gold background. All materials included with fabrics, preprinted design lines, and a fully illustrated book.

Elizabethan Sweetie Bag

May 12-14, 2016 Ayershire Heart Scented Sachet

Sold Out


Ayershire Whitework was developed in 19th century Scotland and flourished as a successful cottage intdustry. It was used to adorn baby gowns and bonnets, also delicate garments, and handkerchiefs. A full working kit is provided containing all materials required, fabrics are preprinted with design lines, and a fully illustrated book is included. This work does require a magnifier and is not suitable for those with eyesight issues.



Ayershire Heart Sachet

May 20-30, 2015   Certificate & Diploma Intensive

Tracy Franklin and Amanda Ewing - RSN Tutors


Our signature courses are the RSN Certificate and RSN Diploma courses in technical hand embroidery which are taught at our base at Hampton Court Palace (HCP) in south west London, as well as at our UK satellite centres in Bristol, Rugby, Durham and Glasgow and internationally in Japan and the USA


These courses enable you to develop solid skills in hand embroidery and, on completion , you will become part of a long tradtion of maintaining the highest standards in technical embroidery.

Certifcate and Diploma students use their RSN-learnt skills to work on private and public commissions including community textile projects, work for churches, catherdrals and religious buildings, as designer/makers, and in fashion.  For future inquiries: contact Anne Butcher

Tracy Franklin, RSN Tutor

Amanda Ewing, RSN Tutor

Lizzy Lansberry

Certificate & Diploma Tutor