Needlework has been Mimi’s favourite pastime for long but she has never thought about drilling into it professionally until 2010 when she has learned hand embroidery for some years and has acquired the basic knowledge and techniques. With the support of her family, she left her job in real estate and was admitted to the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) in the United Kingdom in September 2010. RSN was founded by Lady Victoria Welby in 1872 and the Royal Family has been a Patron of the school since 1875 http://www.royal-needlework.org.uk/.
Mimi was the first Chinese student in the RSN. She stitched for an average of 12 hours per day and with much effort she completed the diploma course in technical hand embroidery in July 2011. She graduated with a distinction and attained the highest mark ever in the school. Mimi was also a member of the RSN team which made the bespoke lace on the wedding dress, veil and shoes for the wedding of Catherine Middleton to Prince William on 29 April 2011.
The completion at the RSN marks a start of her career in hand embroidery, an art that always gives Mimi the tranquility she can find nowhere. She devotes most of her time now to Tour Embroidery 遊走刺繡 where she teaches and takes on private commissions. There are so many different skills in hand embroidery all over the world that she wishes she could forever tour and stitch.