The Purple Thread Shed

I teach a gorgeous collection of textile inspired workshops all inspired by my own textile practice. They are original and great, contemporary designs suitable for all levels of ability.

Change is afoot at the Purple Thread Shed as this current programme is the last I will be hosting from my studio. I’m excited to be reclaiming my time and space to work on my own textile projects.

However the Purple Thread Shed will be taking to the road even more frequently as I continue to teach at other gorgeous venues in the UK and abroad and as I continue working with Embroiderers Guilds and Textile Groups. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like me to teach at your venue.

I’m also really delighted to announce that I will be hosting two workshops at ‘The Restoration Yard’, Dalkeith Country Park during Autumn / Winter 2018.

Workshops in a Purple Garden Shed

During the summer I’ll also throw open my own studio doors and hold a very few workshops in The Purple Thread Shed for small groups of four people. Do speak to me if you would like to arrange for yourself and three friends to attend a workshop of your choice and share my beautiful creative space. We will be joined for the day by ‘Annie’ the Thread Shed pooch. I am currently fully booked until June but I will have a very few dates available in the Autumn/Winter term.

My Approach

The stories behind the pieces are the all important part for me so this is the approach I bring to my teaching. 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 with like minded people in a gorgeous location surrounded by vintage ‘treasures’ can become addictive (who would’ve thought?)

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The Purple Thread Shed at home around Edinburgh

Workshops dates for 2018 – all dates are now FULLY BOOKED

Sat 10th February 2018Patchwood Samplers: Personal Collections
Sat 10th March 2018Vintage Haberdashery Lampshade
Sat 21st April 2018Patchwood Tenements
Thurs 10th May 2018Handmade Journals
Sun 13th May 2018Scrappy Hand Stitch Sampler
Thurs 24th May 2018 Stories from the Sewing Box
Thurs 7th June 2018Handmade Journals

These workshops can all be booked directly with me. Contact me to book your place.


Decorative Collar & Cuffs workshop
Environmentals: Patchwood workshop
Handmade Journals workshop
Mind Maps & Sketch Books workshop
Patchwood Christmas Tree workshop
Patchwood Sampler: Personal Collections workshop
Patchwood Samplers: Natural Collections workshop
Patchwood Tenements workshop
Rusted Samplers workshop
Scrappy Hand Stitch Sampler workshop
Stories From The Scullery workshop
Stories From The Sewing Box
Vintage Haberdashery Lampshade workshop

In addition to the workshops listed above, I am also happy to offer the following:

Environmentals: Patchwood

Decorative Collar & Cuff

Mind Maps & Sketchbooks

Patchwood Christmas Trees

Stories From The Scullery

The Purple Thread Shed Takes to The Road

I am lucky enough to be invited as a tutor to teach in other gorgeous venues in the UK and abroad and also to work with many embroiderer’s guilds and textile groups. These workshops can be booked directly with the venue or provider  find out more >>

Please chat to me if you would like to discuss your own ideas for me to work with your group or in your creative space.