Graduate Story: Courtney Cooper – Hand Embroidery

Courtney Cooper recently completed our Skill Stage 2 course in Hand Embroidery. Her life long dream has always been to sell her creations and now, thanks to her new found skills and creative confidence, she has a successful business! This is her incredible story. About Courtney Cooper Like many creative …

Graduate Story: Christine Smith – Patchwork

Christine Smith completed our Skill Stage 3 Patchwork and Quilting course towards the end of last year. She has kindly shared her experience of the course and what she has learned. I have been a founder member of my local quilting group, Campden Quilters, for several years and was always very interested (and …

Graduate Story: Laura Collinson

I enrolled on to the Skill Stage 2 Hand Knitting course in May 2018. I have been knitting since I was quite young – on and off – like most people. But it was only when I hit University, over a decade ago now, that I really picked knitting up again, to …

Crochet Graduate Story: Amanda Jones

Amanda recently completed our Skill Stage 2 course in Crochet. Amanda talks to us about her experience of the course, what she learned and what she might do next. I learnt to crochet as a little girl and was taught by my grandmother. Crochet fell out of fashion in the 80s …

Graduate Story: Jenny Brown (Bursary Winner)

I have had a lifelong interest in crafts of many kinds that began when I was a pre-schooler, the first ‘real’ thing I remember making was a knitted doll’s hankie at about six years old.   I would visit my grandmother’s home and wish that I could have free rein in …

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 …