Graduate Story: Hazel Winfield – Patchwork

Hazel Winfield completed our Skill Stage 4 Patchwork and Quilting Course last year. Although she had quite a lot of patchwork experience she was desperate to learn how to create her own designs. She talks to us today about her own Stitch Journey; of finding the right course and being able to …

Sarah Gwyer: Textile Pop Art

We recently featured Sarah Gwyer in our blog, Portrait Artists You HAVE to Follow. When researching for the piece we came across Sarah’s work and were hooked by her contemporary and striking style. Sarah Gwyer is well-known for her iconic, bling, celeb portraits which address themes around celebrity status, consumerism …

Graduate Story: Jayne Dickson – Hand Embroidery

Jayne Dickson has recently completed our Skill Stage 2 Hand Embroidery Course. She spoke to use about her desire to learn the proper foundations of Hand Embroidery, gain a qualification and develop her own ideas. This is her inspiring Stitch Journey. After retiring from teaching I developed an interest in hand …

16 Latest Textile Books for Stitch Enthusiasts

Christmas wouldn’t be ‘Christmas’ without a little bit of Christmas Crafting. So, to get those creative juices flowing we’ve put together a fabulous list of 16 latest textile books for stitch enthusiasts.  Like busy little Christmas elves, we’ve been browsing the bookshelves to produce this latest list containing the newest …

Ingrid Sanchez: Brush Dancing Approach to Design

Mexican-British watercolour artist and designer, Ingrid Sanchez, joins us today to talk to us about her work and her latest book release, DIY Watercolour Christmas. Inspired by her love of nature, meditation, yoga and fuelled by tea, she shares her work and approach to designing. Ingrid Sanchez works from her home …

Graduate Story: Steph Yates Hand Embroidery

Earlier in the year Steph Yates completed our Skill Stage 3 Hand Embroidery course.  Having dabbled in hand embroidery over the years Steph knew that she wanted a professional course that could develop her designs skills and provide structure. Steph has excelled during her time with us. After being put forward …

Needle Painting with Trish Burr

Trish Burr Trish Burr is a self-taught embroidery artist specialising in needle painting and Whitework embroidery. Working out of her home studio in Cape Town, South Africa, Trish creates patterns, embroidery kits and materials for embroidery enthusiasts. Trish’s ability to effortlessly blend colours and create stunning life-like pieces has made …

10 Textile Portrait Artists You HAVE to Follow

10 Textiles Portrait Artists you HAVE to follow is the latest addition to our Artists you HAVE to follow series. We’ve already looked at leading Knit & Crochet, Quilt, Hand Embroidery, Machine Embroidery and Felt artists and discovered a treasure trove of modern fibre art inspiration.  These contemporary textile artists …

The Winners of Our Joan Harrison Bursary 2021

This year we launched The Joan Harrison Creative Bursary scheme. The scheme was set up to provide valuable study opportunities for those wishing to study our accredited textile courses. It was named after a very dear friend and colleague who sadly passed away in 2015. For the past few weeks you’ve been …