Harriet Stiles graduated with a first class honours from our BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art course – taught at the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) – in 2014. Now, just two years later, Harriet has worked for established fashion names, including Jasper Conran, Nicholas Oakwell Couture and Hand & Lock. Harriet now runs her own embroidery and adornment business – Harriet Frances Stiles. Following on from her success, Harriet’s intricate work has been featured in Craft & Design Magazine.
Speaking of her decision to study embroidery, Harriet said: “My rationale was to find a niche in an industry saturated by talent. With few embroidery specialists, I felt this would be a great way to get my foot in the door.”
Harriet works from her own studio, where she produces work inspired by flora, fauna and the underwater – as well as her fascination with colour, texture and embellishment. Since graduating from our Hand Embroidery course with the Top Student and Best Final Project awards, Harriet has now learned to team her creative talents with business acumen: “The past year has taught me a crucial lesson with regard to the need for partnership between craft and business. The Worshipful Company of Girdlers has recently awarded Harriet a golden medallion, for the way she has developed her business since graduating from the Hand Embroidery course at the RSN.
“Embroidery takes up approximately 40% of my time – advertising, networking, social media, setting up and maintaining a website, sending emails and applying to shows takes up a large amount of time. I love the contrast and it makes me appreciate the time spent designing.”
You can find out more about Harriet’s business on her website. If you, like Harriet, are interested in studying or pursuing a creative career in embroidery, find out more about our renowned Hand Embroidery course here - the only full-time BA (Hons) degree programme in Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art in Europe.