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Inspiration for Textile Artists
Inspiration for Textile Artists

Craft Blog For Stitch Enthusiasts

Check out our textile blog, full of interesting pieces of content, from arts and crafts ideas to conversations with leading members of the textile community.

Pick up stitching, yarn and hand embroidery tips and tricks in our helpful art blog. We also have inspirational stories from graduates of the School of Stitched Textiles, who share their own stories about their course experience. You can read all of this and more in our fabulous textile art blog.

Browse our wide variety of categories in this craft blog to learn more about knitting, quilting and a variety of techniques you will encounter on our beginner craft courses and accredited distance learning courses.

Ruth Clayton discusses life as an artist on the Textile Talk podcast

Textile Talk with Ruth Clayton

We’re utilising our brand new Podcast channel, Textile Talk, to bring you in depth interviews with inspiring artists.  In this latest episode we talk to watercolour artist, Ruth Clayton, who also teaches our drawing course for beginners.  LISTEN NOW >> Textile Talk with Ruth Clayton Listen to the podcast now

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Graduate Story: Alison Gisvold Hand Embroidery

Today we hear from Alison Gisvold who has completed our Hand Embroidery Skill Stage 3 course. As a quilting teacher with her own textile business, Alison felt that acquiring hand embroidery skills would stimulate her overall creativity. This is her incredible stitch journey. Alison Gisvold My name is Alison and I

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Christmas Crafts for Stitch Enthusiasts

Christmas Crafts for Stitch Enthusiasts

At the School of Stitched Textiles we’re passionate about three things:  Textile Education (it’s what we do) Promoting crafts and creativity (it’s so good for mindfulness and wellbeing) Independent craft and haberdashery stores (we’d be miserable without them) So, we’ve come up with a way to combine our passions in

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Interview with embroidery artist and costume designer, Michele Carragher

Michele Carragher: Stitching History and Fantasy

As a highly skilled Hand Embroiderer and artist working in costume, Michele Carragher has worked on countless award-winning productions including, Elizabeth 1, The Crown (season one), and even Game of Thrones (GOT). Her early interest in textiles, subsequent training at the London School of Fashion and shear brilliance has led

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Hardanger hand embroidery piece by Anna Hayward

Graduate Story: Anna Hayward – Hand Embroidery

Anna Hayward has always loved to stitch. From a young age she would make simple stitches, embellish her clothes as a teenager and today, loves to indulge her interest in hand embroidery. On discovering our Hand Embroidery Skill Stage 2 course she decided to take up the challenge and prove to herself

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3d Applique sample by Deborah Collins

Graduate Story: Deborah Collins – Patchwork

Deborah Collins took up quilting to make a bedspread, because she couldn’t find anything she liked. Realising her design process was ‘slapdash’ she embarked on our Patchwork and Quilting course for intermediates (skill stage 3), and has achieved so much. Not only has she developed an effective approach to design and unleashed

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Nautical Compass by Susan Hensel

Textile Talk with Susan Hensel

We’re really pleased to bring you something a little different! We’re utilising our brand new Podcast channel, Textile Talk, to bring you in depth interviews with inspiring artists.  Our first guest, is a multidisciplinary artist specialising in computer-aided embroidery design. Her goal is to create an experience for the viewer

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Work by Cassandra Dias

Cassandra Dias: The Van Gogh of Embroidery

Cassandra Dias is a true inspiration. As a new artist who has only been stitching for two years she honed her skills to establish a successful collection of work and an impressive following. Her embroideries are miniature works of art. Composed of French knots, satin stitches and other embroidery techniques, she

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Line stitch sample by Stephanie Summerton

Graduate Story: Stephanie Summerton Hand Embroidery

Like so many of our students, Stephanie Summerton had always been creative. Suffering with stress and anxiety she understood the benefits of immersing herself into a project, but always lacked the confidence to create her own pieces. Having completed our Beginner Hand Embroidery course (skill stage 2), Stephanie has already enrolled

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