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.  …

Apply For a Joan Harrison Creative Bursary

We’re pleased to announce that we have a brand new Bursary Scheme.  The Joan Harrison Creative Bursary scheme will give students the opportunity to apply for a full bursary to study a Skill Stage 2 (beginner level) course for FREE, and begin studying with us this November 2021. We’ve named …

Jan Horrox: The Versatility of Cloth Dolls

Jan Horrox is a serial crafter! Born during the second World War she occupied herself with painting, drawing, knitting and sewing. These skills would later come in useful when making cloth dolls: an artform that demands versatility. Her love of the creative pursuits would follow her throughout her life even …

The Winners of Our Student Excellence Awards

Nearly 3 months ago we launched our first ever online digital exhibition – Student Excellence Awards Exhibition, showcasing the work by some of our most stand out students. The aim of the exhibition was to showcase the commitment, graft, and talent that our students demonstrate and to give everyone a taste …

Student Experience: Studying Textiles (SS2) Part 3

Welcome back to our special Student Experience series. This is the third part of Gabrielle Theano’s blog in which she shares the in’s and out’s of studying our accredited Textiles Course.    You can read Part 1, Part 2, or check out the full series, and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter to …

Kay Dennis: A True Facilitator of Stumpwork Education

If you’re a fan of stumpwork embroidery, there’s no doubt you will have heard of Kay Dennis! Throughout her career – spanning more than three decades – Kay Dennis has taught 100s of stumpwork students. She continues to reach and inspire a new generation of budding artists through her popular published books, …

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 …

Bag Yourself a Pattern! Patterns By Mrs H

Cornwall based pattern designer, Samantha Hussey- commonly known as Mrs H – could be described as quintessentially British. However with a worldwide following of ‘bagineers’ (fans), her patterns have global appeal! Mrs H is the founder of Sewing Patters by Mrs H and The Bag Retreat. She also co-hosts the Bag of the …