Workshop Programme

Craft Workshops in a Purple Garden Shed

I run an ongoing programme of textile inspired workshops from my studio "The Purple Thread Shed" in Roslin, near Edinburgh. This is a small but inspirational space where a maximum of four people work & learn together in a relaxed and friendly setting. Plenty of opportunity for one to one attention to help you with your project. We have just the right combination of work, chat and cups of tea to see us through each day!

My workshops are all developments of work from my own textile practice - they are all original and great, contemporary designs.

The stories behind the pieces are the all important part for me so this is the approach I bring to the workshops. We use old & used materials and personal words & text  wherever possible. I HATE shop bought, mass produced scrap booking supplies (with one or two exceptions) I LOVE genuine old, scrappy materials that have their own stories to tell (NO exceptions). There is something about a piece of fabric that is fifty years old and has been used washed and worn - I always wonder about what stories it could tell!

All materials are provided so you can just turn up and enjoy a day of creativity - great for people with busy lives! However many people view the workshops as an opportunty to use some of their personal family treasures - things that are normally hidden away at the bottom of drawers but have huge sentimental value. I'll always give you suggestions for things that you could bring to personalise your project.

Be warned though - spending a day of creativity in a purple shed at the bottom of a village garden, with a gorgeous scruffy pooch, endless cups of tea, shutting away the outside world, surrounded by vintage "treasures" can become addictive (who would've thought?)

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Workshops In The Purple Thread Shed

January - June 2017

I am happy to add extra workshop dates if a group of four people would like to arrange. In addition to the workshops listed above, I am also happy to offer the following:                      

Environmentals: Patchwood         

Decorative Collar & Cuff

Rusted Samplers

Mind Maps & Sketchbooks  

Hand Stitch Sampler

Shaberdashery Jewellery

Patchwood Christmas Trees

Tues 14th February               Environmentals: Frames & Hearts

Sat 18th February                Patchwood Alleys                                                            

Sat 4th March                       Personal Patchwork Lampshades                       FULL

Sat 11th March                      Handmade Journals                                        FULL

Tuesday 21st March               Patchwood Alleys

Sat 1st April                          Environmentals: Frames & Hearts                     FULL  

Sat 6th May                          Environmentals: Frames & Hearts                     FULL            

Sat 20th May                        Patchwood Samplers: Personal Collections

Tues 23rd May                      Handmade Journals

Tues 30th May                      Personal Patchwork Lampshades                      2 Places Available

Sat 3rd June                         Patchwood Samplers: Natural Collections          1 Place Avavilable

Tues 6th June                       Stories From the Sewing Box/                          FULL

                                           Stories From The Scullery

I am also lucky enough to be teaching in some other fabulous venues in 2017

Classes & Workshops Out and About

Angus Embroidery & Textile Artists

Day School

"Stories From

The Sewing Box"

Scrappy Sampler

Thursday 16th March 2017

Rust Printed Scissor Collage

The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show

Royal Highland Centre


The Learning Curve Workshops

Rust Printed Scissor Collage

Thursday 27th April 2017 : 11.45 - 1.45

Saturday 29th April 2017: 10.30 - 12.30

Sunday 30th April 2017: 2.15 - 4.15


Needle & Thread Workshops

Eagle Hall, Lincoln

Patchwood Christmas Trees

Saturday 18th November 2017

10.00am - 4.00pm

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Needle & Thread Workshops

Eagle Hall, Lincoln

Stitching Stories:

Scrappy Textile Collage

Sunday 19th November 2017

10.00am - 4.00pm

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