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 …

Graduate Stories: Rebecca Tickle

Rebecca Tickle enrolled on our Skill Stage 2 Patchwork & Quilting in the Spring of 2018. By August of the same year she had completed the course and was rewarded with her City & Guilds accredited certificate. Impressive! At the age of just 21 Rebecca has grown in confidence and creativity and has …

Graduate Stories: Karen Foley

After completely our Skill Stage 2 Patchwork & Quilting course, Karen Foley shares with us her motivation, what she’s learned and why she has recently enrolled onto our Skill Stage 3 Patchwork & Quilting course.    My name is Karen, a retired pharmacist, mother and wife. And although I  say  …

Graduate Stories: Hazel Francis

 Hazel Francis is currently studying Hand Embroidery (Skill Stage 3), but last year completed Skill Stage 2 Hand Embroidery and Stumpwork. Simultaneously!  Needless to say, Hazel has a lot of experience of studying with us so we asked her to tell us about her experiences to provide an insight into …

Graduate Stories: Jayne McClenaghan

Today we’re going to hear from a recent graduate, Jaye McClenaghan who recently completed Skill Stage 3 Hand Embroidery.  As a passionate, self taught embroiderer, Jayne decided to study with us to gain more knowledge, experience and confidence in her craft. This is her stitch Journey.   Tell us about your …