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 …

Kazuhito Takadoi: Woven Nature

Kazuhito Takadoi   Horticulture is Kazuhito Takadoi’s first love. Having studied at Hokkaido Agricultural and Horticultural College at Sapporo, Japan and the Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley, nature is his biggest inspiration. Takadoi began collecting leaves and mosses from gardens, which he’d use to make embroidered greeting cards. After completing …

Combating Coronavirus Anxiety.

I can’t remember a time when daily life seemed quite so uncertain and I’m guessing many of you feel the same? The sudden spread of coronavirus across the globe seems to be continuing with frightening speed. I’m sure we’ve all heard the horror stories about people from the UK stuck …

The Women that made Space Inspired Textile Art Possible. 

One of Nasa’s most notable achievements was the moon landing in 1969. According to Space.com, during the Apollo programme women made up only 5% of Nasa’s entire workforce which consisted of around 400,000 personnel. Despite the crucial roles women played, their achievements are often overlooked. This International Women’s Day comes …

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 …

Lorraine Roy: The Science of Textile Art

It may come as no surprise that Canadian textile artist, Lorraine Roy, is a scientist. Having studied natural sciences and ornamental horticulture, her knowledge and ongoing studies of trees is her primary source of inspiration. Her style is natural, yet sometimes abstract but always demonstrates her understanding and love of nature. We …

Approved Patterns for Australia’s Wildlife

We are deeply saddened by the devastating bushfires that have raged through Australia in recent weeks and we’re sure you will feel the same. We’re therefore asking you if you’d like to help out by making much needed items using these approved patterns for Australia’s wildlife, which are currently in …

What is your Creative Resolution?

It’s nearly the end of another year and time to make some new personal promises and resolutions – but how many do we actually keep? Perhaps you want to spend more time with the family, work less and spend more time doing the things you really love? From decades of teaching we’ve …