The School of Stitched Textiles began life in a quiet Lancashire village, delivering needlework and knitting courses. It wasn’t long before the demand for classes increased, and the school began to develop a programme of distance learning courses in embroidery and patchwork. The school has continued to expand, and today offer an impressive range of textile-based courses including knitting, crochet, hand embroidery, machine embroidery, stumpwork, textiles, felting, patchwork, and quilting.
The accredited courses on offer are serious business. The average course taking around one and a half years to complete, and graduates have gone on to teach, author books, and become pattern designers. The courses modules encourage students to use different techniques, experiment with ideas and play around with their own creativity. More importantly, the courses nurture creative confidence, allowing people to take their craft to the next level.
To open up opportunities to the widest possible range of potential students, the school offers creative bursaries several times throughout the year. There are currently three bursary places available to students wishing to study a Skill Stage 2 course of their choice (ideal for beginners). The closing date for applications is 15th April 2019.
Guest post by Dr Gail Cowley, Head of Centre at the School of Stitched Textiles