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.


La escuela de verano internacional en línea de la Real Academia Británica del Bordado, 2022.

La escuela de verano de la Real Academia Británica del Bordado fue durante dos semanas en julio del 2022. Ofrecieron dos opciones: presencial en el palacio de Hampton court o en línea.

Como no pude viajar al Reino Unido, escogí la opción en línea.

Me inscribí en dos clases:

  • Caracol de lana por Jung Byung
  • Hojas de oro por Kelley Aldridge

Ambas clases fueron magníficas, aprendí mucho.

Caracol de lana. Diseño por Jung Byung

El proyecto de crewelwork (bordado con hilos de lana sobre sarga de lino) incluye puntadas rectas, satinadas, arroz, enrejado, etc.

Caparazón en puntada de boloña.

La caparazón del caracol fue hecha con puntada de boloña en espiral, muy chévere.


Para el enrejado utilicé una regla. Traté de hacerlo al ojo con la aguja y me quedó torcido.

Hojas de oro. Diseño por Kelley Aldridge

El bordado en oro siempre es muy divertido. Aprendí a trabajar la hojilla y los diferentes tipos de alambres (japonés, rococo) y a intercalar canutillos. Además del relleno suave y duro como también el de fieltro que es más popular.

Este año era el centésimo quincuagésimo (150) aniversario de la Real Academia y el paquete de la escuela de verano venía con un diseño conmemorativo que bordamos juntas para celebrar el día mundial del bordado (julio 30.)

Sesión en línea durante el día mundial del bordado.

Fue una experiencia maravillosa, lo único es que me hubiera gustado hacerla en persona en el palacio de Hampton Court (la sede de la real academia.) Algún día.

The RSN USA Summer School

Two years (2018) ago I attend the RSN (Royal School of Needlework) Summer School in Lexington, Kentucky, in the United States.

Enjoyed it a lot and learned to do blackwork and whitework and stumpwork. I also bought a couple kits to learn goldwork and broderie anglaise (more whitework.)

Whitework pulled thread stumpwork brooch. Design by Sarah Rickards.
Blackwork initial (I added the beads.) Design by Annalee Levin
Goldwork cherries. Design by Annalee Levin
Broderie anglaise thimble. Design by Zinaida Kazban

I was supposed to go again this year (2020.) They were planning to have the USA summer school every two years, but COVID-19 put a damper on that.

So I decided to take one of their online self-paced classes this summer. I signed up for the Introduction to Jacobean Crewelwork class.

Online self-paced embroidery class

The class was great! I learned the basics of crewel. It’s very interesting working with wool threads. They tend to break more easily than cotton after a few stitches.

My own effort, the crewel pomegranate.

One of the ways to keep the wool threads from breaking, is to keep the stitch on the surface as much as possible. This is done with stitches like the raised stem stitch. You first create a supporting grid of horizontal stitches. The stem stitches will then go vertically under the supporting horizontal stitches, NOT through the fabric.

Raised stem stitch.

Other stitches that help cover large areas with minimal trips through the ground cloth are the trellis stitch (inside the pomegranate) and the woven wheel in the center of the petals to the lower right side.

It was a great class, I enjoyed it very much. Thanks to Deborah Wilding for teaching it!

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