Graduate Stories: Karen Foley

After completely our Skill Stage 2 Patchwork & Quilting course, Karen Foley shares with us her motivation, what she’s learned and why she has recently enrolled onto our Skill Stage 3 Patchwork & Quilting course. My name is Karen, a retired pharmacist, mother and wife. And although I  say  I’m …

Graduate Stories: Hazel Francis

 Hazel Francis is currently studying Hand Embroidery (Skill Stage 3), but last year completed Skill Stage 2 Hand Embroidery and Stumpwork. Simultaneously!  Needless to say, Hazel has a lot of experience of studying with us so we asked her to tell us about her experiences to provide an insight into …

Graduate Stories: Jayne McClenaghan

Today we’re going to hear from a recent graduate, Jaye McClenaghan who recently completed Skill Stage 3 Hand Embroidery.  As a passionate, self taught embroiderer, Jayne decided to study with us to gain more knowledge, experience and confidence in her craft. This is her stitch Journey.   Tell us about your …

Stitch Craft Books For Stitching Enthusiasts

Yes we’ve been at it again. We’ve trawled the internet, read reviews and marvelled longingly at the stunning images, to bring you our latest list of the most recent book releases. With this list, we’ve tried to cover every subject we offer here at the School of Stitched Textiles. So, …

Judy Martin and The Sense of Touch

Textile Artist Judy Martin is known for her traditional and delicate quilt patterns that are methodically and meditatively hand stitched. Her pieces are defined by her own commentary on multi-cultural attitudes to birth, death and sexuality, making them a powerful and fascinating medium.   For nearly 40 years Judy has …

The Many Facets of Sylvia Paul

As an accomplished artist, the work of Sylvia Paul has been exhibited in galleries across the country, and as far as Japan. As well as inspiring students with her workshops, she has authored a book – My Life in Bits –  and continues to sell to private collections internationally. Sylvia is a …

Inspiring knit artists you HAVE to follow

Whether you’ve recently started one of our accredited knitting or crochet courses or just a complete yarn addict, here is a fantastic list of inspiring crochet and knit artists that you simply HAVE to follow. We’ve put together an eclectic mix of artists featuring the good, the crazy and the innovative. Enjoy! 1. …

Using Pinterest for Pinspiration

A while ago we created a post which talked about the ways in which our courses helped to nurture creativity. One of the key points we made was the importance of feeding your inspiration. Whether it’s looking at the work of other artists and designers or by being inspired by …

5 Easy Ways to Develop your Creativity in Textiles

We all have that ‘blank sheet of paper’ issue when thinking about creating something, anything, in any craft or art. Creativity in textiles is no different. It doesn’t matter if you work in the area professionally or if you are a complete ‘newbie’ to textiles. The thought of sitting down …