To train the next generation of kilt makers, improve the standard of traditional kilt making and to ensure that this long-established craft does not die out. We have achieved this by introducing a much higher standard of SQA approved qualification.
By creating this course we have established an industry standard that guarantees the best quality of kilt making. By working with Creative Skillset and the SQA, we have significantly raised the standard of the existing course with an emphasis on hand stitching. This takes us back to the traditional standard of kilt making.
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The Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy are proud to announce our new course dates for 2018. We will be running three courses on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
These courses will run from:
5th March 2018 - 29th July 2018
OVERSEAS COURSES -
Additionally due to the overwhelming success of our Overseas course we are delighted to announce our next overseas course will run from:
12th February - 23rd of February 2018
Until recently, kilt making methods remained the same for over a century. We are very passionate to keep this tradition alive. Unfortunately with cheap imports and a vast amount of machine made kilt-skirts in the market place, there is a real possibility that this historic trade may die out.
MEET OUR TEAM
Our course leader
Emma has always pursued a career in producing quality handmade pieces of clothing. Her journey began knitting at an early age. After learning skills at home, she moved from the Highlands to Edinburgh to complete a HND in Costume design. In the last ten years she has completed an extensive set of college courses in embellishment and embroidery. All of these skills were utilised in an intensive apprenticeship at EKA. Upon completion Emma has stepped up to train the next generation of Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy students.
MEET OUR STUDENTS
"My gran is a seamstress, my mum worked with textiles – so it runs in my blood. "
James shares his thoughts on being a part of the Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy after studying design and textiles at College.
"I have a guest house with a website and I think I will add that there is now a Kiltmaker in residence!"
Catherine reveals what her experience has been like as part of the Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy after years as an experienced clothing and shoe maker.
"I thought to myself “I don’t want to be stuck behind a computer” so this course is what I wanted to do… and here I am!"
Kirsty discusses how she found the course at the perfect time. Looking ahead she believes the Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy has trained her for an exciting future career,
"I HAVE GROWN A REAL PASSION FOR SCOTLAND"
Hayley shares a quick insight into how the Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy fits into her career at Visit Scotland:
"I joined the Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy to learn traditional kilt making techniques. Currently I work for Visit Scotland which is the national tourist organisation so I have grown a real passion for Scotland. I just want to ensure that the traditions of Scotland are carried on into the next generation. I am on week 3 now, I am really enjoying it so far! I’m just about half way through my first kilt. It is a great experience!"
A QUALITY KILT STARTS WITH QUALITY MATERIALS...
The Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy would not be possible without support from quality manufacturers who share our values of excellence and craftsmanship. Lochcarron of Scotland and House of Edgar both support quality kilt making by providing the academy with discounted materials. To find out more information about these quality weavers click on their store names above.
JOIN OUR CLASS OF 2018