Fast Facts on the Gail Harker Center

Current Release: Letter from Gail 14 March 2020

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Fast Facts

  • Founded: 1994
  • Moved: August 2011 from Oak Harbor to La Conner, Washington
  • Graduates: More than 1,500 students have graduated from the Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts.
  • Photos and Artwork: All photos and artwork are copyrighted by the artists. We can provide high quality images for use online and in print. Please call for details.
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About: The Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts

Internationally known textile and fiber artist, author and educator Gail Harker has the equivalent of a Masters in textile and fiber art as well as contemporary embroidery, also known as stitch. More than 1,500 artists have studied at the Center for Creative Arts, which offers professional certificate and diploma programs in design and stitch. Several students have gone on to win national and international recognition.

About Gail Harker, LCGI

Gail Harker’s knowledge of color, with the ability to communicate and guide, has made her one of the leading teachers in her field. Gail is a Canadian who resided for nearly 20 years in Britain, until returning to the US in 1995. She moved to Britain in 1976 with her American husband and family. Since moving to the United States she has taught over 60 Certificate and Diploma Classes in Design and Embroidery to students from all parts of North America.

City & Guilds Institute

Gail studied art in Canada, England and Scotland. She completed both Parts 1 and 2 (Diploma) of the City & Guilds Design and Embroidery course with Distinction in both parts. She was awarded the Senior Award of Licentiateship (LCGI) by the City & Guilds Institute. Gail previously taught several City & Guilds Embroidery courses, and was, for many years, a City & Guilds External Verifier for various colleges in Great Britain.


Gail has written five books and co-authored two others:

  • Embroidery Skills: Machine Embroidery (published internationally in five languages)
  • Fairy Tale Quilts and Embroidery
  • Christmas Stitches
  • Creative Machine Embroidery
  • Tassel Making
  • She authored the section on Materials for Starting to Stitch Creatively (Batsford – London)
  • She contributed the Machine Embroidery chapters for the Merehurst Book of Needlework.