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.  …

Graduate Story: Ann Holliday – Textiles

Ann Holliday is our next graduate to talk to us about her course. Ann completed our Textiles Skill Stage 2 course earlier this year. She enrolled onto the course out of a desire to feed her creative soul. She wanted to stretch her knowledge and ultimately become more creative. This …

Graduate Story: Patricia McCarthy – Knitting

Our latest graduate to complete our Skill Stage 3 Knitting course is Patricia McCarthy. Patricia has very kindly offered to share her learning journey with us, and believe us, you won’t want to miss this. When Patricia joined us she was already a very accomplished knitter. However, she had always looked for …

Graduate Story: Sarah Turner – Hand Embroidery

Sarah Turner recently completed our Hand Embroidery Skill Stage 3 course. Today she tells us how the course gave her enough confidence to open her very own craft business. Her business, Embellished Elephant, Sarah provides her very own designs and craft kits. Sarah Turner I call myself a multi-disciplinary crafter …

Graduate Story: Wendy Oakley – Stumpwork

Having recently graduated from the SofST, Wendy Oakley has kindly offered to share her experience of studying Stumpwork. Wendy joined us on our beginner’s Stumpwork course and went on to the study our accredited Stumpwork course. This is her incredible creative journey! Wendy Oakley I have always loved the history …

Graduate Story: Hayley Semper – Machine Embroidery

Hayley Semper recently completed our Skill Stage 3 Machine Embroidery Course. Hayley has kindly agreed to share her experience of studying with the School of Stitched Textiles, and we’re sure a lot of people can related to her story. She describes choosing a career over her passion but after more than …

Graduate Story: Grazyna Cox Hand Embroidery

Grazyna Cox has completed our Skill Stage 2 Hand Embroidery course and shares with us her very own creative journey. Previous experience In the early 1950s I watched my grandmother as she used a Singer treadle machine to make family clothes. I was desperate to have a go. As a …