The Purple Thread Shed

I teach a varied programme of textile workshops and whether ‘Clothwork’ or ‘Woodwork’, each one is inspired by my own art practice.

Why The Purple Thread Shed?

Many people know me as ‘The Purple Thread Shed’ – indeed this is my Facebook & Instagram profile. This is the name of my own studio in the garden of my home in Roslin, near Edinburgh and it’s where I first started teaching my textile workshops.

The Purple Thread Shed Takes To The Road

However the Purple Thread Shed now takes to the road as I’m lucky enough to be invited as a tutor to teach in other gorgeous venues in the UK and abroad and have worked with many embroiderer’s guilds and textile groups across the country. I’ve been very fortunate to work with some fabulous venues including The Scottish National Galleries, Edinburgh Museums, The Knitting & Stitching Show and at The Country Living Fair, Crafty Retreats in France and I feel hugely honoured to have worked on the other side of the world with Fibre Arts Australia & Fibre Arts New Zealand.

My Approach

Imagine a room full of like-minded people and a table (or several) covered in boxes and tins of glorious vintage materials. I LOVE genuine old, scrappy materials that have been used, washed & worn and have their own stories to tell and wherever possible use them in my workshops. Imagine then having the time and space to be gently guided through a making process that has ‘stories’ and a deep appreciation of materials at its heart.

Covid 19 Update on Workshops 2021

I currently can’t even begin to guess when it will feel safe to be back teaching again. Any workshops that were planned for before April 2021 have now been cancelled or postponed. It still feels too uncertain to start planning dates but I would hope to be doing so soon.

I can’t wait to get back into a room with people again and I know that it is something that has been missed hugely. I’m waiting until I can work with people face to face rather than planning online workshops so lets hope that come spring we can be more optimistic – we really will get there and wow won’t we be so appreciative when we do!

Contact me if you would like to be on my mailing list to hear about workshop plans as soon as decisions are made.

Clothwork

Hand stitching is slow so we will rarely finish a piece on the day but my aim is for you to leave with a project that you feel excited by, personally connected to and inspired to continue working on at home.

Different workshops will, of course, introduce additional elements  and these are explained in the individual listings. I teach by a series of short demonstrations throughout the day and working with people individually so that their own piece starts to emerge.

Clothwork Workshops at the Wemyss School of Needlework

I am so looking forward to teaching in this beautiful new (to me) Scottish venue this year. A year later than planned but well worth the wait!  There are so many stories behind this wonderful school and I have a very personal connection to it as my ex mother in law was ‘mistress’ there for a very many years and as a toddler, my daughter (and Michael, her teddy) used to spend many an afternoon there charming visitors.

So I’m absolutely delighted to rekindle my connections with the school and host my own workshops in the museum room. We’ll work around the long table, surrounded by historical needlework – utter bliss! I do hope that you’ll join me.

I hope to announce dates soon.

Imagine a day stitching in this gorgeous room

Woodwork

My Patchwood workshops take a very different approach but the emphasis on ‘stories’ and ‘materials’ remains the same. ‘Slow stitching’ is replaced by frenzied drilling & stitching but I promise that we have a lot of fun and it’s oddly addictive!

Whether Clothwork or Woodwork (unless otherwise stated) all materials are provided – great for people who don’t quite have time to look stuff out or who don’t  have their own stash of materials! However many people grab the 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.

My current ‘on the road’ teaching programme.

A Stitcher's Sketchbook
Laundry Tales
Patchwood Christmas Tree workshop
Patchwood Sampler: Personal Collections workshop
Patchwood Samplers: Natural Collections workshop
Patchwood Tenements workshop
Patchwood Wreath workshop
Personal Story Collage
Small 'Log Cabin' Stories
Stories from the Scullery
Stories From The Sewing Room
Story Shirts

I currently offer the following workshops

Clothwork

Laundry Tales

A Stitcher’s Sketchbook

Small ‘Log Cabin’ Stories

Stories from the Scullery

Stories from the Sewing Room

Personal Story Collage

Story Shirts 

Woodwork

Patchwood Samplers: Personal Collections

Patchwood Samplers: Natural Collections

Patchwood Tenements

Patchwood Christmas Trees

Patchwood Wreaths

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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