Graduate Story: Julie Cole Machine Embroidery

Julie Cole studied our Machine Embroidery Skill Stage 3 course. After graduating a few months ago she was kind enough to share her experience with us. Having always loved art, Julie wanted to learn to new skills and stretch and her creative wings. This is her Stitch Journey. “The SST offered …

Elli Beaven: Slow Stitching at Sea

The art of slow stitching is deeply relaxing. With rhythmic qualities it has an intrinsic calming effect, promotes mindfulness, and restores the soul. One particular artist who knows all about this is Elli Beavan. After moving aboard a 44ft Catamaran in 2020, Elli was forced to give up her sewing …

Graduate Story: Irene Harris – Hand Embroidery

Having made costumes for her daughter and later opening her own Embroidery and Patchwork business, Irene Harris came to us with a lot of ‘hands on’ experience. Although she was a skilled embroiderer, Irene wished to move beyond her comfort zone and challenge herself. She told us that she learned …

The Winners of Our Student Excellence Awards 22

Our  Student Excellence Awards Exhibition 22, showcases the work by some of our most stand out students. The aim of the exhibition is to showcase the commitment, graft, and talent that our students demonstrate and to give everyone a taste of what can be achieved on our distance learning courses. …

Anna Nikipirowicz: The Queen of Crochet & Knitting

Anna Nikipirowicz is a Knit and Crochet designer, author, and teacher. Her obsession with knitting and crochet is attributed to her sister and mother, who she remembers knitting ‘legendary’ Fair Isle hats. Today her designs can be found in Inside Crochet magazine and regularly feature on Yarn Lane TV. She …

Graduate Story: Tessa Box – Patchwork & Quilting

Tessa Box’s Stitch Journey began with us a few years ago. Back in 2020, Tessa Box applied for a bursary to Study Patchwork and Quilting. Tessa received the majority of votes for her beautiful patchwork pieces, becoming our overall winner and securing a place on a Skill Stage 2 course. Since then, Tessa …

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 …