Gail Harker, L.C.G.I.
A Canadian who moved to Britain in 1976 with her American husband and family, Gail studied art in Canada, England and Scotland. She completed both Parts 1 and 2 (Diploma) of the City and Guilds Design and Embroidery course with Distinction in both parts. She was awarded the Senior Qualification of Licentiateship (LCGI) by the City and Guilds Institute and continued on teaching City and Guilds and becoming an External Verifier for student work.
Returning to the US with her family in 1995, she pioneered the establishment of the first City & Guilds Creative Studies Centers in North America. Gail founded and operates the Gail Harker Creative Studies Center in La Conner, Washington and has been running the center for 25 years. Over her career, she has taught thousands of students, sharing her passion for embroidery, textiles, and design.
She has authored five books on embroidery published in both Britain and the US:
- Embroidery Skills: Machine Embroidery (published internationally in five languages) by Merehurst
- Fairy Tale Quilts and Embroidery by Merehurst
- Christmas Stitches by Cassell
- Tassel Making – self published
- Creative Machine Embroidery by Batsford.
She has also self-published an Online Color and Circles Design Course with videos and presentations available on the center’s website: www.gailcreativestudies.com