Graduate Stories
for Textile Artists
Embroidery on crochet by crochet graduate Melissa Taylor - she says the course gave her self belief

This Course Made Me Believe in Myself

Melissa Taylor began learning crochet by attending a beginner’s workshop and getting help from YouTube. However, her desire to design her own patterns and specialise in crochet flowers led her to the School of Stitched Textiles, where she found the perfect blend of advanced techniques and an accredited qualification. Our

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Hand Embroidery Graduate Anne Galliot learned the importance of unleashing her inner artist.

I Unleashed My Inner Artist

Are you an embroidery enthusiast looking to take your stitching skills to the next level? Meet Anne, a passionate student who studied Hand Embroidery Skill Stage 2. With a background in sewing and a newfound love for embroidery discovered during the creative explorations of 2020, Anne was eager to transform

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Beautiful collection of hand embroidered flowers by graduate, Kirsten Shearer

I Learned New Types and Techniques of Embroidery

Kirsten Shearer’s interest in embroidery was sparked while studying for a National Certificate in Art & Design. She enrolled onto our course to develop a greater understanding of embroidery and developing creative confidence. Having completed our beginner’s Hand Embroidery course (Skill Stage 2 ) Kirsten shares her experience of studying

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Crocheted bunting by crochet graduate Eve Llewellyn.

The Therapeutic Power of Crochet

Eve Llewellyn shares her heartfelt story of resilience and passion for crochet. Despite facing challenges due to a spinal stroke at a young age, she discovered the therapeutic power of crochet, igniting a lifelong passion for creating beautiful textiles. Having completed our intermediate crochet course (Skill Stage 3), Eve told us that

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Clare Allison explains how the making of this beautiful patchwork table runner gave her an opportunity to develop creatively.

An Opportunity To Develop Creatively

Clare Allison’s story will sound so familiar to many of us. Having always dabbled with various textile crafts, it wasn’t until her children went off to university that Clare had time to pursue and explore her creative side. Having completed our Beginner’s Patchwork and Quilting Course (Skill Stage 2) Clare

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Final assessment piece by Hand Embroidery graduate Teresa Miller explains how she has learnt different way to generate design ideas.

I Learnt Different Ways to Generate Design Ideas

In the midst of uncertainty and solitude during the Covid lockdowns, many found solace in various hobbies. For Teresa Miller, it was a journey back to her roots of crafting that not only helped her navigate through the tough times but also unlocked a newfound passion for hand embroidery. Having

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Gaining The Confidence to Teach Crochet Workshops

Judy Sendrove is our latest Crochet Graduate to complete our intermediate crochet course (Skill Stage 3). She has kindly shared her experience of studying with us and talks about developing an ability to progress her own ideas and designs, and gaining enough confidence to teach Crochet workshops! This is her

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A selection of naturally dyed yarns by crochet graduate Vivienne Richmond

My Obsession with Dyeing Began with Module 6

When Vivienne Richmond decided to study our intermediate Crochet course (Skill Stage 3), she didn’t really know where it would take her. However, she knew that she wanted an accreditation from a professional body like City and Guilds because she knew that the course offered high standards of learning which

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Knitting sample by graduate Jan Lidgley who told us she now thinks differently about design and creativity

A New Way of Thinking About Design and Creativity

Although Jan is an experienced knitter, she often felt limited by her technical ability to execute her designs properly. Having attended a few courses she yearned for a more comprehensive course that would introduce her to a wider range of skills and essential approaches to design. Having completed our Knitting

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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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