for Textile Artists
A graduate story by hand embroidery graduate, Victoria Vinten

I Have the Confidence to Achieve My Goals

We often hear that hobbies, creativity and passions get sidelined for raising families, pursuing careers and other commitments. This was a similar experience for our next graduate, Victoria Vinten. When Victoria’s children started school she began to explore her creative side but struggled to find a group or course that

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Learning to think outside the box, a graduate story by Stéphanie Stafrach

Learning to Think Outside the Box

As an avid crafter and crochet addict Stéphanie Stafrach had accumulated a lot of hand-made items. Having decided to sell them she turned to our professionally accredited Crochet Skill Stage 3 course to develop in-depth skills to sell with confidence. This is her #MyStitchJourney. “The thing I am most grateful

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Graduate story from 2021 bursary winner, Tina Barnett

Providing An Opportunity To Teach

Back in 2021 Tina Barnett won the chance to study our Beginner Hand Embroidery course (Skill Stage 2) which was awarded through our Joan Harrison Creative Textile Bursary Scheme. Having always loved Hand Embroidery for it’s therapeutic qualities, Tina told us that she regularly embroidered and had aspirations to sell

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Previous applicants and winners of our creative bursary

Apply For a Joan Harrison Creative Bursary

We’re pleased to announce that we have once again opened our long anticipated 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

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Work from our 2023 student excellence awards winners.

The Winners Of Our Student Excellence Awards 23

Our  Student Excellence Awards Exhibition 23, showcases the work by some of our most stand out students. The aim of the exhibition is to showcase the commitment, graft, and talent that our students demonstrate and to give everyone a taste of what can be achieved on our distance learning courses. Inclusion

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Claire Harvey Graduate Machine Emboirdery

Graduate Story: Claire Harvey – Machine Embroidery

Claire Harvey very bravely told us that one of her motivations for studying with us was to improve her mental health. As a result of studying our Machine Embroidery course (Skill Stage 3) Claire has learnt so much about herself and gained so much confidence. In 2022 she was put

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A graduate story by Patchwork and Quilting student Guiseppina Aleo

Graduate Story: Giuseppina Aleo – P&Q

Before completing our Skill Stage 3 Patchwork and Quilting course, Giuseppina Aleo was a self-taught, self professed ‘beginner’. She wanted to complete our course to gain enough confidence to share her quilted creations with other quilters. Giuseppina tell us that she has learnt so much. She has grown in confidence, had one

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Graduate Story: Alison Gisvold Hand Embroidery

Today we hear from Alison Gisvold who has completed our Hand Embroidery Skill Stage 3 course. As a quilting teacher with her own textile business, Alison felt that acquiring hand embroidery skills would stimulate her overall creativity. This is her incredible stitch journey. Alison Gisvold My name is Alison and I

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Hardanger hand embroidery piece by Anna Hayward

Graduate Story: Anna Hayward – Hand Embroidery

Anna Hayward has always loved to stitch. From a young age she would make simple stitches, embellish her clothes as a teenager and today, loves to indulge her interest in hand embroidery. On discovering our Hand Embroidery Skill Stage 2 course she decided to take up the challenge and prove to herself

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Line stitch sample by Stephanie Summerton

Graduate Story: Stephanie Summerton Hand Embroidery

Like so many of our students, Stephanie Summerton had always been creative. Suffering with stress and anxiety she understood the benefits of immersing herself into a project, but always lacked the confidence to create her own pieces. Having completed our Beginner Hand Embroidery course (skill stage 2), Stephanie has already enrolled

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