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 …

Graduate Story: Tessa Box – Patchwork & Quilting

Tessa Box’s Stitch Journey began with us a few years ago. Back in 2020, Tessa Box applied for a bursary to Study Patchwork and Quilting. Tessa received the majority of votes for her beautiful patchwork pieces, becoming our overall winner and securing a place on a Skill Stage 2 course. Since then, Tessa …

Graduate Story: Hazel Winfield – Patchwork

Hazel Winfield completed our Skill Stage 4 Patchwork and Quilting Course last year. Although she had quite a lot of patchwork experience she was desperate to learn how to create her own designs. She talks to us today about her own Stitch Journey; of finding the right course and being able to …

Sarah Payne’s Quilt Career

Sarah Payne is the On Air TV Sewing demonstrator for the shopping channel Create and Craft TV. She is also an author, teacher, designer, and quilter. After giving up her ‘tedious but lucrative career in IT’ in 2011 to pursue her crafty dreams, Sarah now designs her own fabrics range …

Catherine Redford: Inspiring Individualism

Catherine Redford is probably best known as a quilter. But her love of learning and developing new techniques has undoubtedly secured her reputation as a truly multifaceted fibre artist. Growing up in the UK, Catherine Redford learned how to knit and sew; techniques she uses to enrich her quilts with …

Graduate Story: Lou Petch, Patchwork & Quilting

Lou Petch graduated from our Patchwork and Quilting Skill Stage 2 course earlier this year. Unlike many of our graduates who study with us to gain an accreditation, Lou Petch talks to us about completing the course for herself. To prove to herself that she could do it! This is a fantastic …

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 …