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Inspiration for Textile Artists
Inspiration for Textile Artists

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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.

Self portrait of Lesley Wood that won her 1st prize Hand and Lock Award

Lesley Wood: Threads of Memories

Lesley Wood is a distinguished textile mixed media artist whose evocative works have captured the attention of art lovers and critics alike. With a B.A (Hons) in Fine Art from Loughborough College of Art & Design, and further qualifications from Leeds Polytechnic and Sheffield Polytechnic, Wood’s academic background laid a

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Hand Embroidery Graduate Anne Galliot learned the importance of unleashing her inner artist.

I Unleashed My Inner Artist

Are you an embroidery enthusiast looking to take your stitching skills to the next level? Meet Anne, a passionate student who studied Hand Embroidery Skill Stage 2. With a background in sewing and a newfound love for embroidery discovered during the creative explorations of 2020, Anne was eager to transform

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Crowning achievements embroidery kit by Sarah de Rousset-Hall

Textile Talk with Sarah de Rousset-Hall

Sarah de Rousset-Hall is a hand embroidery artist and teacher at the Royal School of Needlework. She also runs her own embroidery business called Sarah Stitches. She came to embroidery as a second career, but has been embroidering as long as she can remember. Following on from a cancer diagnosis

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sashiko inspired hand embroidery by Lindzeanne Tokyo

Lindzeanne: Cataloguing the Passage of Time

Lindzeanne, a Tokyo-based self-taught textile artist, has captivated the art world with her unique approach to hand embroidery. Emerging from a background of vintage fashion and visible mending, she combines traditional techniques with modern aesthetics to create intricate and meaningful artworks. Lindzeanne’s work is distinguished by her use of simple

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Beautiful collection of hand embroidered flowers by graduate, Kirsten Shearer

I Learned New Types and Techniques of Embroidery

Kirsten Shearer’s interest in embroidery was sparked while studying for a National Certificate in Art & Design. She enrolled onto our course to develop a greater understanding of embroidery and developing creative confidence. Having completed our beginner’s Hand Embroidery course (Skill Stage 2 ) Kirsten shares her experience of studying

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Silent Promesses by Cécile Davidovici

Cécile Davidovici: Stitching Life into Art

Step into the captivating world of Cécile Davidovici, where threads weave tales of time, creating wistful reminiscences. Nestled in the heart of Paris, this embroidery virtuoso transforms mere fabric and thread into mesmerising narratives that dance between stillness and vibrancy. Cécile Davidovici is truly able to sew life into her

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Crocheted bunting by crochet graduate Eve Llewellyn.

The Therapeutic Power of Crochet

Eve Llewellyn shares her heartfelt story of resilience and passion for crochet. Despite facing challenges due to a spinal stroke at a young age, she discovered the therapeutic power of crochet, igniting a lifelong passion for creating beautiful textiles. Having completed our intermediate crochet course (Skill Stage 3), Eve told us that

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Textile Talk With Jo Hamilton

Scottish artist Jo Hamilton moved to Portland, Oregon in the early 1990s, after earning her BFA from the Glasgow School of Art. Her technique combines years of fine art practice with the craft of crochet which she learned as a child from her Gran, rendering traditional categories, which include portraiture,

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Life like monkey embroidered by Textile Artist Janine Heschl

Janine Heschl: Artistry and Advocacy

Hailing from the picturesque landscapes of Austria, Janine Heschl is not just an embroidery artist; she is a storyteller, a wildlife enthusiast, and an ARTivist on a mission to celebrate the marvels of nature while raising awareness for its preservation. Janine’s journey into the realm of textile art is as

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Clare Allison explains how the making of this beautiful patchwork table runner gave her an opportunity to develop creatively.

An Opportunity To Develop Creatively

Clare Allison’s story will sound so familiar to many of us. Having always dabbled with various textile crafts, it wasn’t until her children went off to university that Clare had time to pursue and explore her creative side. Having completed our Beginner’s Patchwork and Quilting Course (Skill Stage 2) Clare

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