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.
Imagine a room full of like-minded people and a table (or two) 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.
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.
Covid 19 Update on Workshops 2020
I’ve taken the difficult decision to cancel all of my 2020 workshops due to the current Covid 19 situation. While I know that much of the country is re-opening again and that many people are desperately wishing to get some normality back into their lives I’ve decided not to go ahead with my Autumn/Winter term of workshops for a number of reasons. I do hope to be teaching once more in 2021 but will not be planning dates until the end of 2020.
Clothwork Workshops at the Wemyss School of Needlework
However in 2021 I am thrilled to be teaching from this beautiful new (to me) Scottish venue – 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’ll announce dates at the start of 2021
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.
I currently offer the following workshops