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Graduate Story by Machine Embroidery graduate Josephine Robinson

Graduate Story: Josephine Robinson Machine Embroidery

Having completed our Machine Embroidery Skill Stage 3 course, Josephine Robinson shares her experience of studying with us. Having always been a keen sewer, Josephine wanted to expand her skills and found that an accredited course would validate her skills and give her a much needed confidence boost. This is

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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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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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Machine Embroidered Piece by graduate Julie Cole

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

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Patchwork painting, hand stitched by Elli Beaven

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

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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

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A beginner's Guide to Goldwork Embroidery

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

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Lis Stewart Hand Embroidery Graduate Story

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

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Interview with embroidery artist, Trish Burr

Needle Painting with Trish Burr

Trish Burr Trish Burr is a self-taught embroidery artist specialising in needle painting and Whitework embroidery. Working out of her home studio in Cape Town, South Africa, Trish creates patterns, embroidery kits and materials for embroidery enthusiasts. Trish’s ability to effortlessly blend colours and create stunning life-like pieces has made

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