The Latest Books For a Creative Christmas.

Whether you’re planning a crafty christmas, looking to make your own gifts or simply want to learn a new craft, we’ve hand selected the latest books covering our core subjects for you to enjoy. From Fair Isle knitted ball-balls to contemporary quilts, there really is something for everyone to enjoy …

Ruth Clayton (Kidd): Building Creative Confidence

Ruth Clayton (Kidd) is an inspirational artist specialising in Watercolour. As a trained graphic designer, teacher, exhibiting artist and successful studio owner there is a lot that we can learn from Ruth; particularly when it comes to the artistic process and unleashing the inner artist within. Having taught art to children and …

A Graduate Story by Vicky O’Leary

Hi, my name is Vicky O’Leary and I’d love to share my textiles story with you. I’ve always been creative. From a very young age I would spend hours drawing, painting and in later childhood, make clothes for myself with help from my Mum. My passion for textiles stayed with …

Craft Your Way to Mindfulness

According to the mental health charity MIND, 1 in 6 people in England experience feelings of anxiety and depression in any given week.  Although this statistic hasn’t increased significantly in recent years, contributing factors like political uncertainty, money, retirement or exam pressures are said to make it harder to cope. Mindfulness is …

We Have Our Winners!

We are so excited to be able to announce – at last – the winners of our Creative Bursary Scheme October 2019. Elysia Cusworth received the most amount of votes for her beautiful hand embroidered animals and is therefore our overall winner. She will receive a full bursary, funded by …

Brigitte Heitland: The Zen of Quilting.

German born quilt artist and fabric designer, Brigitte Heitland joins us today to talk to us about her latest projects, creativity and memories of sewing as a little girl. Having grown up in the Black Forest Brigitte began sewing as young as six and studied Interior and textile design. However, …

Vote For Your Winner

The creative bursaries we offer provide students with an opportunity to study a certified textile arts course, accredited by City and Guilds. Over the last two months we’ve received a fantastic amount of applications from budding creators, artists and makers. These have been shortlisted by our tutors and we now need your help …

Hand Embroidery Artists you HAVE to Follow

If you’ve been following our Inspirational Artists series you’ll know how this works. In a bid to inspire and delight we’ve trawled the web and social media platforms like Instagram to share with some great artists and makers. And we have some truly groundbreaking, innovative and breathtaking work to share …

Jette Clover: The Written Stitch

The work of mixed media artist Jette Clover is distinguishable by her signature use of text – a nod to her earlier years in Journalism? The truth is Jette has always been fascinated by the written word and the legacy it leaves behind once it’s been used to communicate a …

Apply for a Creative Bursary

We’re pleased to announce that we are once again taking applications for our Creative Bursary Scheme. Students can now apply for a full bursary to study a Skill Stage 2 (beginner level) course for FREE, and begin studying with us on the 4th November 2019. Please take a look at …