RSN Crewelwork Course

I passed!

I passed!

I received my assessment from the Royal School of Needlework today and I am over the moon! It’s been a long, long time since I’ve earned a grade for anything and, although I know it’s the learning that counts, I was still interested to see what the professionals had to say about my stitching. But […]


Detailed photos of crewelwork

Detailed photos of crewelwork

Some of you have asked that I post close up photos of the finished crewelwork piece I designed and stitched for the RSN Certificate Course in Jacobean Crewelwork. I’m happy that you want to look closely at my work and hope that what you see is pleasing. I’ve numbered the photos so if you have […]


Single most valuable thing

Single most valuable thing

Coral seas had a very difficult question for me: “What was the single most valuable thing that you learnt from the course?” When I sat down with Nicola Jarvis, my teacher, to talk to her about the answers to all of your great questions, she really wanted to hear my answer to this one. Honestly, […]


RSN Crewelwork Course Day 8 – Mounting

RSN Crewelwork Course Day 8 - Mounting

The RSN allows an entire day for mounting your finished project. Having mounted a few pieces before, I was skeptical that we would really need that much time. Well, it was close and I was still working into the evening to get my crewelwork piece mounted the RSN way. We started with a piece of […]


RSN Crewelwork Course Day 7 – my sweet Deer

RSN Crewelwork Course Day 7 - my sweet Deer

Long and short shading is a technique I had to learn to do a bit differently in order to be successful stitching the little deer in my piece. I began by stitching the first row in a longish stitch – filling about 1/3 – 1/2 of the shape with the first row as I did […]


RSN Crewelwork Course Day 6 – Workroom

RSN Crewelwork Course Day 6 - Workroom

As an isolated embroiderer (meaning I don’t know anyone in the vicinity who embroiderers and I don’t know of any places to take classes in Berlin) one of the high points of the course was the chance to be with other embroiderers, both fellow students and our teachers. Our work room was a happy place. […]


RSN crewelwork Course Day 5 – Long and short shading

RSN crewelwork Course Day 5 - Long and short shading

Long and short shading seems to be one of the stitches that all of us struggle with: some of us figure it out easily and others take loads of practice. I was leaning more towards the loads of practice side but now I think I’ve cracked it. Many of you asked questions about long and […]


Long distance and online courses

Long distance and online courses

Many of you asked me to investigate the possibility of online or long distance learning courses being offered at the RSN.  If, like me, you want to do a certificate course that runs for 8 days either intensively or over a longer period, the RSN Certificate courses are taught at Hampton Court Palace, Bristol, Durham, Rugby and […]


RSN Crewelwork Course Day 4 – Pomegranate

RSN Crewelwork Course Day 4 - Pomegranate

The pomegranate is one of the favorite elements in my embroidery design (the deer being the other). The golden brown/orange colors make it just glow and the green in the center and the leaves add just the right touch of cool contrast. Often pomegranates are worked in shaded chain stitch with some kind of trellis […]


RSN Crewelwork Course Day 3 – Color Questions

RSN Crewelwork Course Day 3 - Color Questions

Color choices are one of the most important decision we make when planning an embroidery piece. Often we like the design in a kit but wish to use different colors. Sometimes we want to add punch to a color palette and want to know what colors will liven up a piece? What are some tips […]


RSN Crewelwrok Course Day 2 – Stitching and tea

RSN Crewelwrok Course Day 2 - Stitching and tea

The day we started stitching was a “great day” at the RSN Rugby. We’d spent a day and a half designing, framing and transferring the design (all very important to get right for a good result) and our fingers were itching for a needle. Before we began, we needed to decide which stitches would go […]


RSN Crewelwork Course – Glimpse of my work

RSN Crewelwork Course - Glimpse of my work

There has been so much going on and so much to write about that I haven’t posted anything about what I’ve been working on. So today I’m going to remedy that. The design I’m using is very similar to my original design with some slight shifts. The element that was the most problematic was the […]


RSN Crewelwork Course Day 2 – transferring the design

RSN Crewelwork Course Day 2 - transferring the design

After our first day of designing on paper and framing up, all of us were more than ready to begin stitching. Our fingers were itching and our needles calling to us but first we had to transfer the design. I’ll be honest, this was the part I was most nervous about. I have good dexterity […]


RSN Crewelwork Course Day 1 – framing

RSN Crewelwork Course Day 1 - framing

We’ve all been told or have read somewhere that the twill fabric must be “as tight as a drum” to ensure the best results. Until I used a slate frame, I’d never really experienced just how tight “as tight as a drum” could be! It takes time ( a lot!) and effort (you’ll need to […]


RSN Crewelwork Course Day 1 – design

RSN Crewelwork Course Day 1 - design

At the end of the first day my head was full to overflowing! So much new information, new skills, new ideas…I needed to sit someplace and just absorb everything. It was w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l! Since the days are so packed, I’ll be writing about each topic separately rather than telling you about each day. The articles would […]


What do YOU want to know?

What do YOU want to know?

The other day one of our community, Judie, wrote a comment that got me to thinking. She wrote “Wish I could be in your pocket. An experience of a lifetime. Thanks for sharing your talent and knowledge. Judie” As most of you know, I’m a teacher. Teachers are a lot of things, and are not […]


It’s finished in time

It's finished in time

While I was gathering things together for the RSN course, I did a bit of a tidy in my studio; going through all the thread and putting things away, re-shelving books, stuff like that. I knew I had all the Paternayan wool colors needed to do the Flowers for Elizabeth blanket in the future, but […]


Do I have everything?

Do I have everything?

In only 6 days we leave home to drive most of the way across Germany on the way to England. We’ll spend the night at the same hotel we sleep in every time we travel to the UK in a small town called Werne. It’s a family run hotel, with big, comfortable beds, clean tiled […]


RSN Crewelwork sampler update

RSN Crewelwork sampler update

This weekend I realized two things: just how lucky I am to have such wonderful readers and just how smart it is that I always have at least two projects going at once. Struggling with the Floral Bed Cover project has not been very much fun. To everyone who took the time to share an […]


New stitches!

New stitches!

Learning new stitches this weekend reminded me of the joy of discovery I experienced when I started embroidering again. As a high school student I decorated my bell bottom jeans, work shirts and Oshkosh overalls with colorful patterns in cotton thread. All of it was done freehand and I really didn’t know what the stitches were. […]


Looking back and looking ahead

Looking back and looking ahead

The Silk 3 times project is finished. This was my very first silk ribbon embroidery project and I chose to keep it simple. Often simple is equated with plain. With silk ribbon, simple does NOT mean plain! This piece has style, color, texture galore and it is simply beautiful! Over the top pretty! It’s possible […]


RSN Preparation Sampler – first update

RSN Preparation Sampler - first update

Doing the different stitches on this sampler in preparation for the RSN Crewelwork course has been really good for me. It’s been the perfect way to remind myself of how to do each stitch. It also gave me the opportunity to look at different books and videos to read and hear all the different ways […]


RSN Crewelwork Course: time for a stitch review

RSN Crewelwork Course: time for a stitch review

Earlier I wrote about the supplies and equipment that we would be needing for the RSN Certificate Course in Crewelwork. Getting all the things together that I would need was fun and exciting and a good place to begin. I always thought that getting new school supplies made having to go back to school after […]


RSN Crewelwork Course: Color

RSN Crewelwork Course: Color

For the Royal School of Needlework Crewelwork course we are going to be using Appleton wool. Those of you who read my  site regularly know that I love Renaissance Dyeing wool and Heathway Wool. In fact, as soon as the course is over my big project will begin – the folding screen I’ve written about […]