Craft Workshops in a Purple Garden Shed

I run an exciting & varied 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 or who do not have their own stash of craft materials! However many people view the workshops as an opportunity 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

Previous Workshops held in 2017

Patchwood Alleys
Personal Patchwork Lampshades
Handmade Journals
Environmentals: Frames & Hearts
Patchwood Samplers: Personal Collections
Patchwood Samplers: Natural Collections
Stories From the Sewing Box / Stories From The Scullery


Unfortunately I won’t be running an Autumn/Winter programme of workshops from the shed this year as we have just embarked on some major house renovations and we are not looking our best for visitors! I’ll be keeping you up to date with goings on over at my blog and will be teaching in other lovely venues as The Purple Thread Shed continues to take to the road.

Decorative Collar & Cuffs workshop
Environmentals: Frames & Hearts workshop
Environmentals: Patchwood workshop
Handmade Journals workshop
Mind Maps & Sketch Books workshop
Patchwood Alleys workshop
Patchwood Christmas Tree workshop
Patchwood Sampler: Personal Collections workshop
Patchwood Samplers: Natural Collections workshop
Personal Patchwork Lampshades workshop
Scrappy Hand Stitch Sampler workshop
Stories From The Sewing Box :: Stories From The Scullery workshop

I am also very happy to discuss working with Textile Groups & Guilds and  I’d love to work with other gorgeous venues in 2018. Do contact me if you have any ideas that you’d like to discuss. In addition to the workshops listed above, I am also happy to offer the following:

Environmentals: Patchwood

Decorative Collar & Cuff

Mind Maps & Sketchbooks

Hand Stitch Sampler

Patchwood Christmas Trees

The Purple Thread Shed Takes to The Road

I am also lucky enough to be teaching in some other fabulous venues in 2017 – find out more >>