Graduate Story: Hazel Winfield – Patchwork

Hazel Winfield completed our Skill Stage 4 Patchwork and Quilting Course last year. Although she had quite a lot of patchwork experience she was desperate to learn how to create her own designs. She talks to us today about her own Stitch Journey; of finding the right course and being able to …

Beth Rhodes: Graduate Story – Hand Embroidery

Beth Rhodes recently completed our Skill Stage 2 Hand Embroidery Course. After completing her course Beth tells us that she is opening a new businesses and working on commissions. She explains how the course has helped her discover more about herself as an artist and it’s given her the confidence …

Graduate Story: Susan Rorison – Knitting

Susan Rorison enrolled onto our Skill Stage 2 Knitting course just before the first lockdown. Today, she shares her experience of studying with us, learning new digital skills and her ambition to pass on traditional crafts and creativity to the younger generation. Susan Rorison My mother taught me a lot of different …

Graduate Story: Sally-Ann Duffy

When Sally-Ann Duffy applied for one of our bursaries in 2018 – now called the Joan Harrison Creative Bursary – she never expected to win. Sally-Ann excelled through her Hand Embroidery course and was recently selected by her tutor to feature in our Student Excellence Awards Exhibition in recognition of her progress and creativity.  …

Apply For a Joan Harrison Creative Bursary

We’re pleased to announce that we have a brand new Bursary Scheme.  The Joan Harrison Creative Bursary scheme will give students the opportunity to apply for a full bursary to study a Skill Stage 2 (beginner level) course for FREE, and begin studying with us this November 2021. We’ve named …

Sew Be It! What is the School of Stitched Textiles

We were recently approached by a student from Dartford Grammar School for Girls, asking for an interview. Not normally one for giving interviews we were admittedly hesitant at first. However,  Neve Wilson had entered a competition with Young Reporters and won! Her prize was to interview our Head of Centre, …

Graduate Story: Helen Plummer – Machine Embroidery

Helen Plummer recently completed our Skill Stage 3 Machine Embroidery course and joins us today to share her experience. Helen was initially looking for a distraction and a new focus. However, after a few modules on our course, she found that her ‘latent artistic side’ was finally able to burst into full …

Graduate Story: Penny Merrett – Felt Making

Penny Merrett has kindly agreed to share her experience of studying our Skill Stage 2 Felt Making course. She completed the course a few months ago and has really enjoyed the creative process. During the course she made a lined bag, a felt ball necklace, and a beautiful wall hanging. Penny …

Graduate Story: Myra Velk – Machine Embroidery

Myra Velk completed our Skill Stage 2 Machine Embroidery Course towards the end of 2020. Myra admits that she agonised over the decision to study with us for quite some time. However, since completing the course, she wishes she had done it sooner and has some excellent advice for future students. This …

Graduate Story: Denise Dent – Hand Embroidery

Denise Dent recently completed our Skill Stage 3 Hand Embroidery course. Denise has always been a creative person; interested in textiles and design. However, Denise knew that she wanted to expand her skills and use the course to go on an important voyage of self discover. This is her graduate story. …