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14 Years in the Making…

Emeline, Eliana and I at the RSN doing an Introduction to Embroidery Class

On Friday, 2 March 2012 I went to the Royal School of Needlwork (RSN) at Hampton Court Palace with Emeline and Eliana. We were enrolled in the Introduction to Embroidery Class. It was a dream come true.

14 years ago I came to England for three months while working for Borland as a marketing manager for a product called dBASE. I worked during the week and I ran around on the weekends to visit as much of England, and Europe for that matter, as I could manage in 3 months. I must admit that I did a fantastic job. But many things were missed. When I visited Hampton Court (where King Henry the VIII hung out) I discovered the RSN. I didn’t have time to take any of the classes. But I tucked it away and thought, some day I’ll be able to take a class here.

Ever since we started talking about moving, I’ve been hoping to take the class.  I called to schedule the class for February and they were booked through till June.  DISAPPOINTED!!!!  However, as luck would have it, I was not the only one who was on the waiting list and they opened a new class.  I wonder if paying for 3 people has anything to do with it?  Anyway, we got into the Friday, March 2nd class.  Yippy.

I ended up getting laryngitis the day before.  I was feeling very sorry for myself, then I reminded myself that I was living in England and going to take a class at the RSN with my Girls, things couldn’t be all that bad and luckily needlework doesn’t require a lot of talking.

The girls and I made awesome samplers.

Emeline starting her Sample

Eliana starting her sampler










Emeline making process on the Sampler

Eliana making progress on Sampler








Leanne's finished Sampler

Eliana’s Finished Sampler

Emeline's almost Finished Sampler









Okay the picture layout is not as I would have liked it, but it is going to be DONE now.





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  1. Mom/Grandma/Pat says:

    What an extraordinary experience to plans with your girls. You are a great mom!!

  2. Fabienne Fensie says:

    Absolutely beautiful!
    I cannot believe that the girls ended with such a perfect work.
    You should do a table clothe and send it to me. I can send you the measurement 😉

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