RSN International Online Summer School 2022

The Royal School of Needlework’s summer school was over two weeks in July, 2022. They had two options: in-person at Hampton Court Palace or online.

Since I could not travel to the UK this summer, I opted for the online option.

I signed up for two classes:

  • Introduction to crewelwork : snail by Jung Byung
  • Leaves of Gold by Kelley Aldridge

They were both great, I learned a lot.

Crewelwork Snail. Design by Jung Byung

The project included straight and satin stitches, seeding, trellis, etc.

Crewelwork snail in couched stitch.

The snail’s shell was couched is a spiral, very cool.


For the trellises, I used a ruler to keep them even, I tried eyeing them with my needle and they came up crooked.

Leaves of Gold. Design by Kelley Aldridge

Goldwork is always fun. I learned to work with broad plate along with different types of gold threads (Japanese, rococo) and s-ing of purls. Plus soft and hard padding, along with the more common felt padding.

This year was the RSN’s 150th anniversary and the summer school package came with a commemorative kit that we stitched together online to celebrate World Embroidery Day (July 30th.)

Online session during World Embroidery Day.

It was a great experience, I just wished I could have done it in person at Hampton Court (where the RSN is located.) Maybe someday.


Author: emptyThimble

Embroidery and other fiber arts

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