Our People

First and foremost above all things we are teachers. Our mission is to impart knowledge and facilitate success and creativity. We are innovators in the field of distance learning alongside our roles as designers,  creatives, researchers. and master practitioners who combine to support, lead and encourage. 

Gail Cowley

Gail is Head of Centre and a Technology Enhanced Learning Specialist. She has numerous City & Guilds qualifications, Teaching Certificate in Adult and Further Education, BTEC Diploma in Art & Design, Bachelor of Design (Hons) specialising in design for Textiles & Metal, Post Grad Cert in Education, MA in Education and a PhD in Education. Her interests are particularly in graphics & computer aided design. Gail enjoys gardening, walking and Hatha yoga in her free time.

Gail Cowley is our head of centre at the School of Stitched Textiles
Marj Rutter

Marj has a strong interest in textiles of all types and is a very enthusiastic knitter. She holds various City & Guilds certificates in Textiles/Embroidery and a Diploma in Art & Design. She also has numerous qualifications in computer and business studies and has worked as a project manager. In her spare time Marj enjoys visiting gallery exhibitions, photography, power and Nordic walking, bike riding, Ashtanga yoga and giving a new lease of life to old, unloved furniture.

Marj Rutter is one of our expert tutors at the School of Stitched Textiles
Beryl Burton

Beryl specializes in Patchwork and Quilting and holds numerous City & Guilds certificates in Embroidery, Patchwork & Quilting, Lingerie and Dressmaking along with an Adult and Further Education Teaching Certificate. She is most interested in the more traditional patchwork techniques such as American blocks and hand piecing like Grandmother’s Garden, which she likes to see given a modern twist. She particularly enjoys sampler quilts and manipulative techniques.

Patchwork taught and produced by our expert tutors at the School of Stitched Textiles
Karen Quickfall

Karen completed her City & Guilds Level 3 and Diploma in Embroidery with SST a number of years ago and has since specialized in Stumpwork, Needle Lace and Ruskin Lace – a type of embroidered lace crossing Needle Lace and Counted Thread work – indigenous to the Lake District in the north of England. Karen loves the outdoors and is a keen orienteer; attending and taking part in many of the UK events.

Our tutor Karen quickfall created with beautiful stumpwork
Sally Hart

Sally has been knitting and crocheting for over 30 years and is a complete yarn addict, spending her free time on yarny pursuits and always planning the next project. Sally spent two years knitting and crocheting for Stylecraft before working in her local yarn shop, where she loves helping customers to plan their next project as well as giving help solving knitting and crochet problems. Sally’s previous career in education included the development and delivery of online training as well as online assessment.

work by Knitting tutor Sally Hart
Deborah Jarvis 

Deborah completed her C&G Patchwork and Quilting Diploma whilst living abroad and has been an avid lover of knitting, crochet, sewing and all things crafts related for most of her life. She works teaching crochet and accounting classes in her local area and enjoys teaching and exploring new textile methods. Having spent most of her working life in finance she now feels more able to dedicate her time to her crafty passions and particularly enjoys dyeing and recycling fabrics into something new and useable. She is also a member of her local quilting and embroidery guilds.

A stitch sample by Deborah Jarvis tutor
Mistianne Guzman

Mistianne is a new arrival to England, having moved from the United States. She has completed her City and Guilds SS4 in Patchwork and Quilting with the School of Stitched Textiles. Over the years she has found she loves textiles, quilting, crocheting, and becoming a professional ballet tutu maker. She has also taught numerous courses and classes. She owns her own online store, The Stray Bobbin, as well as enters quilt contests when she can.  In her spare time, she loves to go on long walks, take pictures, and go fabric hunting. Her favourite type of quilting is anything by hand.

A Sample by Patchwork and Quilting tutor Mistianne Guzman
Samantha Jones

Sam has taught fashion and textiles in FE colleges for over 25 years and is a self-certified fabric and thread enthusiast. She has a Degree in Textiles, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education along with a City and Guilds Certificate in Machine Embroidery. Sam enjoys experimenting with a variety of media and is currently exploring eco-printing and indigo dyeing. She is a member of Phoenix Contemporary Textiles, the Contemporary Quilt Group of the Quilters Guild and Thames Valley Contemporary Textiles. Sam is also a keen gardener.

Work by new tutor Samantha Jones