Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Last few days for City & Guilds Bursary applications

City & Guilds have some not too well publicized bursaries available for students who can prove they would struggle to study otherwise.  This may mean financially or in another way such as travel if attended courses are a long way away. The bursary applications are considered twice a year - May and October - which means there is only until the 30th September to apply for the latest round.

I try really hard to promote this each time it comes around; I feel that it is one of the ways that those who genuinely would struggle to study C&G courses are helped to do so.  Here at SST we have had some wonderful bursary students in the past, who have achieved a great deal, so we know from first hand experience that it works.

City & Guilds will pay full course costs as well as materials, equipment etc., so it has to be worth a try for anyone who thinks they would fulfil the criteria. Sadly it is just open to UK residents.
You can access the details on C&G’s site at and complete the online entry form at

You’ll need the course code for your application, which are Machine Embroidery Level 3 certificate 7716-67 and diploma 7716-70, Embroidery Level 3 certificate 7716-61 and diploma 7716-64, Patchwork L3 certificate 7716-62 and diploma 7716-68.  Our centre number is 047026 Eccles Farm.  

Quick tip: do ensure you ask for the full cost of the course fees to be met – you can check these on our site at the address below - and also include the £85 City & Guilds enrolment fee on top. If you need a sewing machine or other item such as a laptop or threads, materials etc you can also ask for help towards these too.

The best of luck if you decide to go for it. 

Monday, 2 September 2013

Ten Plus @ Bankfield

It isn't always easy to find good textile exhibitions - especially now that attended City & Guilds courses are becoming rarer and rarer.  However it is invaluble when working on a course or as a textile artist to be able to view the work of others, allowing it to inspire and enthuse us in our own work.

Based in the North West, Ten Plus Textiles is a group of 17 fully qualified textile artists who have recently celebrated 20 years of working with fibres and fabric to create contemporary textile art from a wide range of techniques. Using fine hand and machine embroidery, patchwork, quilting and beadwork, weaving, collage and mixed media, their work includes framed pieces and hangings, 3-D items, fashion accessories and jewelry.

You can see an exhibition of their collective work at Bankfield Museum this summer/autumn - 31st August until the 26th October.  Further details from Caulderdale council's website at