• Textile craft courses for beginners

Welcome to the School of Stitched Textiles

The Largest Range of Textile Courses

Welcome to the School of Stitched Textiles.  Wherever you are on your creative journey and whatever your destination, we’re here to help you every step of the way. With the largest range of online and distance learning home study textile courses, we’re here to help textile enthusiasts at all skill levels. Whether you’re a complete needle novice, an experienced embroiderer or a professional patchworker, we have a range of courses to suit all interests and abilities.

Today is enrolment day! This is your opportunity to start something new with our accredited textiles courses. Whether you’re looking to advance professionally or simply want to learn a new skill then our courses provide the best foundations.

Begin Your Creative Journey

Begin your creative journey with our new online beginner courses. We have a number of unique online courses designed specifically to help beginners get to grips with the basics. 




Machine Embroidery

Hand Embroidery


Vote for Your Bursary Winner

Apply for a creative bursary and study an accredited textiles for free

Over the last two months we’ve received a fantastic amount of applications from budding creators, artists and makers. These have been shortlisted by our tutors and we now need your help in finding our winners.
Vote Now!

Continue Your Creative Journey

Accredited Textile Courses

Divided into progressive skill stages and covering eight different craft areas, our courses are taught via distance learning using a variety of online course materials, including video, allowing you to study at a time and place that is convenient for you.

Our City & Guilds accredited courses are internationally renowned for their standards of teaching, learning and assessment. So, whether you're looking to learn a new skill or enhance your existing knowledge, they could be the key to unlocking so much enjoyment and creative potential.

Take a look at our full range of textile courses now.


As an established, City & Guilds accredited distance learning centre, we accept students from anywhere in the world to study online with us, with no requirement to attend.

We have 3-4 enrolment dates a year for new students wishing to study a skill stage 2-4 course (Masters courses can be purchased at any time throughout the year). Available places are allocated on a first come first served basis and only those who have previously expressed an interest in our courses are sent details of the enrolment process. Upon registering your interest we'll send you a full course brochure and we'll keep in regular contact with exclusive news and updates, as well as details of the next enrolment date and process.


As an established, City & Guilds accredited distance learning centre, we accept students from anywhere in the world to study online with us, with no requirement to attend.

Because you have already expressed your interest in our courses, you can enrol today from 10am, and courses will commence in a few weeks time.

We will only be able to accept the first 25 people that enrol, so you will need to act quickly to avoid any disappointment. You may enrol for more than one course at a time as the places are limited to students, not the number of courses. Available places are allocated on a first come first served basis and we will not process your payment until we have confirmed that you have a place on the course. Head to our enrolment page now.

Accredited Courses

Express Your Interest

If you’re interested in completing one of our accredited courses (skill stages 2-4) you will need to enrol on Enrolment Day. We hold 3-4 Enrolment Days each year and this is your chance to secure your place on a course. 

You will need to express your interest to be invited to enrol onto your chosen course. Simply complete the form, let us know what course and experience level you’re interested in and we’ll send you all the information about how to enrol as well as exclusive information about our tutors, graduates and special promotions.

Take a look at the accredited courses we have available or register your interest now.

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