Hello and welcome to the final newsletter from STITCHBUSINESS.
This is our last week as a City & Guilds centre, and the end of an era for us! We have been teaching at our independent centre for 14 academic years, and although STITCHBUSINESS will not be running a new programme of courses in the near future, we are not ruling out the idea in the longer term.
We opened our doors in September 2006, with just a handful of local students. Today we close our virtual doors, as we conclude our teaching in a different world – our last few students finished their studies online during lockdown due to the current global Covid-19 pandemic.
We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all the students who chose to study with us at STITCHBUSINESS. From just along the road to the other side of the earth, we welcomed more than 200 students of different ages, abilities and cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Learners engaged with our experience as tutors and with the ethos of our small centre and came to study from the opposite ends of the British Isles (Isle of Wight and The Shetlands), and the furthest reaches from us (including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan). We taught onsite and online and offered seven different City & Guilds courses and our own masterclass in stitched textiles. Many of those who have
studied with us gained multiple qualifications through our Centre, and some have gone on to win national awards for their embroidered textiles.
When students leave us, most continue to stitch with increased confidence and a greater understanding of the value of the design process. We are always pleased to hear from ex students who are enjoying designing and making their own creations and putting their skills into practice; some have gone on to set up their own businesses, form exhibiting groups, sell their textile artworks, teach related subjects and continue their learning in higher education or by participating in workshops with their local Guilds or international organisations. Due to personal circumstances, some students were unable to finish their courses, but despite this, they learned new skills and gained valuable experiences along the way.
Teaching is always a two-way process, and we learned from our students too. We will continue to develop our own practices and embark on our individual projects in the near future. In the meantime, we would like to extend our congratulations to our most recent graduates, and to all of you who have previously gained qualifications with us. Thank you for your support and for helping to make STITCHBUSINESS such a success. Do stay in touch!
Best wishes to you all
Julia and Tracy