We're developing some brand new beginner courses

We’re Developing Some Brand New Beginner Courses

We have some very exciting news! Over the next few months we will be launching a brand new range of beginner courses covering everything from knitting to hand dyeing fabric. Find out what we’ve got in store and when you can get your hands on them.

Beginner Courses

As you may be aware we currently specialise in delivering comprehensive textile craft courses that are fully accredited by City & Guilds. Because of their accreditation, our courses are great for enhancing creativity and design skills. They’re also beneficial if you’re looking to teach, sell or exhibit as an artist. However, one of our main aims at the School of Stitched Textiles is to help stitch enthusiasts at every level.

Beginner courses and video tutorials being developed by the School of Stitched Textiles

Due to high demand we are therefore in the process of developing an exciting new range of introductory courses. Aimed at complete beginners these new courses will form part of our Skill Stage 1 offering. So, if you’re just starting out you’ll find these short courses a really valuable resource.

They will also serve as a ‘taster’ for our more advanced City & Guilds Accredited Courses. If you’re just at the beginning of your creative textile journey, you can use these courses to quickly and easily see if you would like to expand your skills to the next level.

Over the next few months we’re going to be phasing out our existing ‘Getting Started’ courses. Don’t worry if you have already purchased one of these courses. You’ll continue to have full access and we will contact you nearer the time to let you know how you can continue to access any previously purchased courses.

Course Delivery

Each of our new courses will be delivered using mainly video content that can be followed online, at home (or from wherever you choose.) Because videos can be paused and restarted we feel that this format is going to be really helpful and easy to follow.  Aimed at beginners these courses will serve as great introductions into textiles techniques and we will eventually cover all of the same techniques that we deliver at our more advanced levels.

Close up of a knitting technique

Since you’ll be able to pay per subject, we think that our new courses will provide a lot more freedom and flexibility compared with our more formal accredited programmes. We are aiming to release the first of our beginner courses this Summer, with Stumpwork and Machine Embroidery being ‘first up’. The courses will be available online directly from our site, streamed through the very popular ‘Teachable’ platform. Courses will therefore be almost completely video based allowing you to access and follow along from anywhere in the world at a time that suits you.

All our courses will be constructed and taught by our expert tutors and will also feature some special guest tutors from time to time.

When we are able to give more information, we’ll be in touch. In the meanwhile do keep an eye on our blog for up to date information.

Update 30.11.18. Our brand new beginner textiles courses have now been launch. SO go ahead and check them out.



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  2. Hello
    I am contacting in search of courses available for beginners. I wondering if you will be offering Skill stage 1 for hand embroidery for beginners. Please can you inform me of more courses information, duration & cost, along with starting date. Also I have an interest in more information regarding Textiles courses too. Thank you.

    1. Hi Elaine, thanks for your comment. We are currently in the process of developing our beginner courses which should be available at the end of the summer. I would suggest joining our mailing list so that we can contact you directly to let you know once these are released.
      Many thanks

  3. I desperately want to do a beginners Patchwork course ASAP
    but can’t seem to find my way to enrol on the site
    Perhaps I should do a website navigation course first!

    1. Hi Kate.
      Thanks for your message. Our level 2 accredited courses are aimed at beginners, however we only hold 3-4 enrolments for our accredited courses throughout the year. The good news is our next enrolment is on the 4th August. If you’d like more information about the enrolment process then I would suggest registering your interest in the patchwork course here https://newstaging.sofst.org/creative-textile-courses/. Only those on our expressions of interest list will be invited to enrol on Saturday.
      Many thanks

  4. Hi there. I would be interested in a stage 1 machine embroidery. Could you possibly keep me posted when one has been organised and I can enrol. Plus the cost.

    Kind regards
    Sue Parkin

    1. Hi Sue.
      Many thanks for your enquiry about our starter courses. I will add you to our mailing list for the beginner courses and keep you informed.
      Thanks again,

    1. Hi Pamela.
      We are currently offering bursary places on our City and Guilds accredited courses. You can find more information about the courses and how to apply here: https://newstaging.sofst.org/creative-bursaries-aug-2018/

  5. Hi,

    Please could you add me to newsletter list for your beginners courses. I noticed there were ‘newbie courses’ available a few months ago. But, now I am in a position to purchase my first one and they are no longer on your website. The link I saved does not work anymore. I want to do the Machine Embroidery introduction first followed by the water soluble machine embroidery course. Will these be available soon? Thanks

    1. Hi Lisa.

      I have added your details to our mailing list. We are just in the process of making some final amends to our brand new teaching platform and we hope to release the first courses over the next few months. Many thanks

  6. Would be interested in the beginners courses when they become available. Been a long time since I was at school so feel the need to start at the bottom and work my way up. Please keep me informed of your progress regarding beginners courses.

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