Graduate Stories
for Textile Artists
A graduate story by Amanda Jones

Crochet Graduate Story: Amanda Jones

First published in March 2020 and updated in 2023. Amanda has always had a passion for crochet, but life got in the way and prevented her from giving it much attention. Finding a way to switch off from life stresses she turned to crochet and realised that she was really

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A graduate story by hand embroidery grad, Jo Edwards-Goodman

Learning to Trust My Design Instinct

Jo Edwards-Goodman has completed two course with us: Hand Embroidery skill stage 2 and 3. Her motivation was to consolidate and elevate her skills while proving to herself that she could complete a course with some vigour and challenge. Jo now has a new found confidence in her creative abilities

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Bronagh Sullivan's My Stitch Jounrney

Now I have Confidence In My Ability & Style

Not too long ago, Bronagh Sullivan completed our Beginner Hand Embroidery Course (Skill Stage 2). Having previously only completed kits and beadwork, Bronagh was keen to develop her skills, devote time to something she loved, and gain a qualification. On completing the course she told us that she has learned

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Work by Patchwork and Quilting graduate, Fiona McGilvray

Fiona McGilvray: Achieving Results Beyond Expectations

Fiona McGilvray often wished she had pursued a more ‘creative career’. However, when the opportunity to channel energy into doing something she loved arose, she knew she had to take it. Having studied our intermediate Patchwork & Quilting course (Skill Stage 3), Fiona graduated with, not only a huge sense

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Hand Embroidery blackwork by bursary winner, Daniel Jonasson

An Opportunity to Open a Store

Daniel(la) Jonasson joined us back in 2020 to study hand embroidery Skill Stage 2. Tuition was paid for by us after winning a place through our Joan Harrison Bursary. Having witnessed both grandmothers doing needlework, Daniel had always felt an affinity for textiles. However, it was only at the age of 35

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Graduate story from 2021 bursary winner, Tina Barnett

Providing An Opportunity To Teach

Back in 2021 Tina Barnett won the chance to study our Beginner Hand Embroidery course (Skill Stage 2) which was awarded through our Joan Harrison Creative Textile Bursary Scheme. Having always loved Hand Embroidery for it’s therapeutic qualities, Tina told us that she regularly embroidered and had aspirations to sell

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Experience of studying knitting skill stage 3 with the School of Stitched Textiles by Helene Wackers

A Course to Inspire and Support my Desire to Knit

As a busy midwife and mum to young children and dogs, Helene Wackers was looking for a flexible, professional course that would develop the artsy side of her brain. Helene told us that our intermediate Knitting course (Skill Stage 3) has forced her to practice technical knitting skills that she previously believed

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Melanie Giddings 'I wanted to rekindle my love of textile art', graduate story

‘I Wanted to Rekindle my Love of Textile Art’

Melanie Giddings had always had an interest in stitch textiles. As a little girl she would sew, knit and loved needlework at school. Like so many of our students, busy careers, family and friends left little room for her passion. However, as retirement loomed Melanie decided that now was the

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