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Textile Talk With Jo Hamilton

Scottish artist Jo Hamilton moved to Portland, Oregon in the early 1990s, after earning her BFA from the Glasgow School of Art. Her technique combines years of fine art practice with the craft of crochet which she learned as a child from her Gran, rendering traditional categories, which include portraiture,

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Textile Talk with My X Stitch Jamie Chalmers

Textile Talk with Jamie Chalmers (Mr X Stitch)

Hello everyone and a very warm welcome to this Textile Talk podcast. I’m Gail Cowley and I’ll be your host today. Joining me is Jamie Chalmers, also known as Mr X Stitch. Just to give you a little bit of background on Jamie before we start to chat. Jamie Chalmers,

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7 Textile Artists Inspired by Women

7 Textile Artists Inspired by Women You HAVE to Follow

During the Renaissance Textile Art was relegated from its ‘high arts’ status and embroidery was later banned from exhibitions by the Royal Academy. This influenced women to reject the medium in a bid to be taken seriously as artists.  However, in recent decades women have cleverly reclaimed textiles and needlework

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Beautiful yarn and garment displayed with flowers, Textile Talk with Northern Yarns

Textile Talk with Northern Yarns

Hello, everyone, and a very warm welcome to this textile talk podcast. I’m Gail Cowley and I’ll be your host today. Joining me is Kate Makin, who owns Northern Yarn in Lancaster, England.  Northern Yarn is an independent wool shop situated in the historic city of Lancaster, with a strong

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Enchanting Embroideries by Rachel Gooden, An interview with the School of Stitched Textiles.

Rachel Gooden: Enchanting Embroidery & Taxidermy Stumpwork

Discover the most beautiful and intricate hand embroidered pieces by Stitch and Bone: The home of handcrafted embroideries, inspired by nature’s most fascinating inhabitants and uniquely created by artist, Rachel Gooden. As the creator behind this captivating venture, Rachel delves into the exquisite art of stumpwork embroidery, weaving her fascination

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Textile Talk with Appleton's Wools

Textile Talk with Appletons

Over on our Podcast you can now listen to our latest interview with Di and Debbie, from the world famous Appletons brand of crewel and tapestry wool. For nearly 200 years, they have been used across the globe in some of the most prestigious tapestries and embroideries in cathedrals, stately

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A graduate story by Amanda Jones

Crochet Graduate Story: Amanda Jones

First published in March 2020 and updated in 2023. Amanda has always had a passion for crochet, but life got in the way and prevented her from giving it much attention. Finding a way to switch off from life stresses she turned to crochet and realised that she was really

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An interview with Cas Holmes and School of Stitched Textiles

Cas Holmes: A Stitch in Time

Originally published July 19, 2019 and updated with new work and new podcast in October 2023. As one of the UK’s most popular mixed media artists, Cas Holmes needs no introduction. Her accomplishments include the publication of several books, work in public and private collections and countless international exhibits.  Cas’

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Bursary Winners 2023

Our Bursary Winners 2023

After a short poll and thousands of votes, we’re pleased to announce our four winners of our 2023 Joan Harrison Bursary.  Well done to each of our finalists and thank you to everyone who took the time to vote.  Our Winners Odette Barrow Subject: Hand Embroidery Having joined an embroidery

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Vote For Your Bursary Winner 23

Over the last few weeks we have received hundreds of applications to 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

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