Meet the Team

At the heart of the RSN Embroidery Studio is an unrivalled team of highly trained, talented and experienced embroiderers. 

All our embroiderers have graduated from the rigorous RSN Apprenticeship or Future Tutors Programme, ensuring that every member of the team possesses a high level of skill in a full range of embroidery techniques. 

The consistency of training also means that any member of the studio team can work on the same piece while maintaining the appearance that it has been worked by a single embroiderer. This unique capability allows the studio to complete high quality work in a much shorter timeframe than would otherwise be possible.

Anne Butcher

Head of Studio

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Having graduated from the RSN apprenticeship Anne has over 40 years of embroidery experience and knowledge.

She has strong links to the education provisions of the RSN and has taught a vast variety of techniques.

Most recently she has been involved in licensing and brand partnerships too.

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Gemma Murray

Studio Manager

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Gemma graduated from the RSN Apprenticeship in 2004. After completing her training she worked in costume for theatre and TV including wardrobe assistant for English National Ballet.  

She returned to the RSN Embroidery Studio in 2013 and is now Studio Manager.

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Helen Stevens

Senior Studio Embroiderer

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Helen graduated from the RSN Apprenticeship.  She also teaches RSN Day Classes and on the RSN Future Tutors Programme.

In 2007 she gained an Art and Design degree from Brighton University, specialising in metalwork and jewellery. 

Margaret Dier

Senior Studio Embroiderer

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Marg has been embroidering professionally for over 20 years.

Having graduated from the RSN Apprenticeship Marg is a hugely experienced and valued member of the Embroidery Studio. She has been a part of a large number of significant commissions during that time, most notably Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress.

Marg is a published author: ‘Thread Painting and Silk Shading Embroidery’ and produces beautiful hand embroidered jewellery and brooches.

Rachel Doyle

Senior Studio Embroiderer

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After she gained a degree in Textiles Rachel completed the RSN Apprenticeship.

In addition to her time working in the studio Rachel regularly teaches on the RSN Certificate & Diploma Programme, Future Tutor Programme and RSN Day classes.

Rachel is the author of the RSN Essential Stitch Guide – Canvaswork and produces embroidery kits for the RSN shop.

Masako Newton

Studio Embroiderer

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After a career in the English Language Teaching industry, Masako gained the Certificate and Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery here at the RSN, and additionally the Advanced Diploma, all with distinction.

Masako enjoys working in the RSN Embroidery Studio, and she also produces embroidery kits for the RSN shop. Occasionally she teaches bespoke classes on request.

Masako is also a part of the team responsible for creating and editing content for the RSN Stitch Bank.

Kathryn Sanders

Studio Embroiderer

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From Chartered Engineer to Embroiderer; Kathryn has completely transformed her life to follow her passion. After completing the Royal School of Needlework Certificate course in Glasgow, she relocated to join the Future Tutors Programme and gradated in July 2021. 

In addition to her time working in the studio Kathryn also teaches on the RSN C&D Programme and RSN Day Classes. 

Matthew Cayton

Studio Embroiderer

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Matthew graduated from the Future Tutor Programme in July 2020.

Prior to this he gained a BA Hons in acting from Rose Bruford, before going on to qualify and work as a primary school teacher for several years. 

Matthew regularly teaches on the RSN C&D Programme and RSN Day Classes.

Jessica Ingram

Studio Embroiderer

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Before coming to the Royal School of Needlework, Jessica completed a BTEC in Theatrical Costume, graduating with Distinction in 2014. From there she worked as a Costume Assistant in the entertainment industry for several years.

In 2017 she joined the Future Tutors Programme at the RSN and graduated in July 2020.

Since graduating Jessica has been teaching Online Day and Evening Classes for the RSN as well as working in the Embroidery Studio.

Sonja Galsworthy

Studio Embroiderer

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Sonja joined the RSN in 1991 as an apprentice and graduated in 1994.

After graduating, Sonja became a freelance embroiderer and gained a teaching qualification in 2014.  Sonja has taught a number of Day & Evening Classes for the RSN around the UK as well as being part of the RSN Tutor team for the inaugural Online International Summer School in July 2021.

In 2021, Sonja helped inspire school children around the UK to pick up a needle and thread by creating a series of videos for the RSN’s schools project ‘Embroider a Selfie’.

Sonja returned to the RSN Embroidery Studio in 2021.