10 Textile Portrait Artists You HAVE to Follow

10 Textiles Portrait Artists you HAVE to follow is the latest addition to our Artists you HAVE to follow series. We’ve already looked at leading Knit & Crochet, Quilt, Hand Embroidery, Machine Embroidery, Artists Inspired by Nature, and Felt artists and discovered a treasure trove of modern fibre art inspiration.  These contemporary …

The Winners of Our Joan Harrison Bursary 2021

This year we launched The Joan Harrison Creative Bursary scheme. The scheme was set up to provide valuable study opportunities for those wishing to study our accredited textile courses. It was named after a very dear friend and colleague who sadly passed away in 2015. For the past few weeks you’ve been …

Student Experience: Studying Patchwork & Quilting – P.3

Anne Hartland continues to work through her Skill Stage 4 Patchwork and Quilting course. Periodically she documents her experience of the course. You can read part one and part 2 here, and don’t forget to check out the other blogs in the ‘Student Experience’ series. Student Profile Name: Anne Hartland Course: Patchwork …

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 …