Ruth Norbury: The Darker Side of Embroidery

Fibre Artist, Ruth Norbury is very conscious of her impact on the earth. She knows that the clothing and textiles industry is one of the largest polluters and therefore creates pieces made entirely from recycled materials. But there is another reason. Ruth is an embroidery artist fascinated by themes of …

Goldwork Embroidery: A Beginner’s Guide

Gold has long been a symbol of status and power. Throughout history emperors, royalty, and religious leaders would wear opulent garments adorned with gold – Goldwork Embroidery. The work would have been carried out using the most expensive materials by highly skilled craftspeople. Today, Goldwork is a lot more accessible …

Graduate Story: Lis Stewart – Hand Embroidery

At the height of the Covid lockdown, Lis Stewart began dabbling with cross stitch again. After deciding to enrol onto our Hand Embroidery Skill Stage 2 course, she’s here today to tell future students about how much she learned and how much enjoyment she got from the course.  Lis Stewart …

Graduate Story: Lynda Scoulding – Textiles

Lynda Scoulding recently completed our Textiles Skill Stage 3 course and has kindly agreed to share her stitch journey. Throughout her course Lynda produced excellent work. She was even put forward by her tutor to be entered into our Student Excellence Awards Exhibition, in recognition for her amazing samples. Lynda went on to …

Textile Artists Inspired by Nature You HAVE To Follow

Our Artists You have to Follow series focuses on contemporary artists and makers. Throughout the series we delve deep into the art world to pluck out our favourite, stand-out, awe inspiring artists, who are breaking the mould and really pushing the boundaries with their art. We hope that these artists spark an …

Lorraine Roy: The Science of Textile Art

It may come as no surprise that Canadian textile artist, Lorraine Roy, is a scientist. Having studied natural sciences and ornamental horticulture, her knowledge and ongoing studies of trees is her primary source of inspiration. Her style is natural, yet sometimes abstract but always demonstrates her understanding and love of nature. We …

Winwick Mum, ‘Knitting is a Vital Life Skill’

Christine Perry, aka Winwick Mum is a knitter. More specifically she is the mastermind behind the successful site, Winwick Mum; a labyrinth of delightful knitting patterns and resources to help beginners create hand-knitted socks. As well as patterns, tutorials, and equipment the Winwick Mum site also features Winwick Mum Yarn, …

Graduate Story: Vanessa Thorpe – Textiles

Vanessa Thorpe wanted a course that would develop her skills and provide a focus. Having trained as a bespoke tailor she was keen to get stuck in and achieve a City and Guilds accreditation. Vanessa studied our Textile Skill Stage 2 course and this is her Stitch Journey. Vanessa Thorpe Like many …

A Revealing Exposé of Nudinits

Sarah Simi is a knitting phenomenon best known for her nudinit characters, which are brought to life through her animation company, Woolly vision. Along with animator Ed Hartwell, Sarah produces awarded-winning stop-motion animated films. Her characters live in a world entirely made from wool and fabric, brimming with naughty innuendos. …