RSN Canvaswork assessment – remember this project?

Those of you who read The Unbroken Thread will undoubtedly remember how much difficulty I had with my canvaswork project for the RSN Certificate. I was a complete beginner and had no concept of how canvaswork was done, how to use the different stitches and, for that matter, how to DO the different stitches. At the beginning it was the most frustrating, hopeless feeling I’ve ever had whilst learning any embroidery technique. Of course, when I got to the end of the project, I loved it and felt competent to embroider canvaswork pieces successfully in the future – which is the point, really.

Umbrella RSN Canvaswork


Quite a while ago the assessment for this piece came back from the assessors at the RSN and I was so busy with my RSN silk shading piece that I didn’t have time to tell you about the results.


The overall mark was 83% which I am really happy with! I did lose points on some things and the comments of the assessors were accurate and helpful. “Where the stitches are longer, the thread tension is sometimes not firm enough”. You can see this in the white tiles on the roof above – see the longest center stitch in some of the squares look a bit floppy?

In shading the overhang of the roof on both levels, the lower level has dark brown to create a shadow and it would be more consistent if I’d done the same thing on the top roof. 

The assessors mentioned they particularly liked the addition of both the sign and the umbrella saying “They added interest to the umbrella and the prayer sign is particularly effective.” Me too!



The final comment warmed my heart and reminded me that our assessors have been students and realise that sometimes the work is particularly challenging: “This is a gorgeous interpretation of the source image, and the nicest canvas-stitched piece we’ve seen in a long time. Well done for preserving – and please make this your Christmas card for next year! Congratulations!”

Well, I’m chuffed!


18 thoughts on “RSN Canvaswork assessment – remember this project?

  1. Congratulations on getting such a wonderful review. I can see the point about the roof, though I hadn’t noticed it before they mentioned it. Also, the thread doesn’t look floppy to me; perhaps you have to see that in person, or it is VERY minor.

    I know how hard you worked on this, how much re-stitching you performed, and it always improved the piece. I also really liked the way you re-worked the umbrella; it is just darling now. It was very enjoyable watching this piece come together; I hope you do another very soon.

    Take care,
    Susan in Texas

  2. I followed your progress with the canvas work and am so glad that you are happy with your mark and the comments, both helpful advice and positive compliments. What a remarkable holiday card a photo of this work will be! Congrats!

  3. Oh congratulations! I am pleased for you. I really enjoyed watching you work on this gorgeous piece.

  4. Very Nice and it should be your Christmas card this year. An 83% mark for your first canvas work piece is an accomplishment, you should be very proud. Congratulations.

  5. Somehow (I don’t know how!) I managed to miss all of your posts on this piece so it is the first time I have seen it and I think it is gorgeous! Congratulations on the assessment.

  6. Congratulations! I think you have every right to be ‘chuffed’ a tremendous achievement. And you really should make it a Christmas card !!

  7. Congrats! I just knew you would get good comments from the assessors. The piece is gorgeous. And, yes, Holiday card definitely. Would be the sort of card I would buy to wish my loved ones the best of the season while sharing my love of exquisite stitchery.

  8. Well done! Excellent score for a first piece in a new technique. I think it’s lovely and it is very inspiring for those of us who haven’t had the courage to try canvas work. Lovely.

  9. Congratulations Kathy. This project did seem to have its difficulties for you but you persevered and learnt lots in the doing and here is the reward. That is a pretty impressive score, you should be very proud of yourself.

  10. Thanks so much for posting the results of your Canvas work.
    I was really studying your stitching and progress while preparing for my upcoming RSN canvas work class. You really helped me a lot.
    I still think that your canvas is one of the most amazing RSN canvas work I have ever seen.
    I also think that the assessing was too hard. Definitely this was a DISTINCTION piece from me. Great job.

  11. its wonderful and what a great review and mark for the first effort.
    it encourages me to attempt something – perhaps next year after i get this year’s pieces finished.

  12. Well done you! Worth all of the cursing and self-doubt for sure. 🙂 I love it when that happens. Strategic feedback is great, because you know where to make improvements next time (can you tell I was a school teacher in another life?).
    Very jealous of your time at the RSN. Good luck!

  13. Brava! Job well done. You deserve every word of praise. And I’ve borrowed that shading technique a while back to use on some strawberries, so thank you for sharing.

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