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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.
MAKE A KILT FOR A LOVED ONE (SHORT COURSE)
Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy is launching “Make a Kilt for a Loved One”. This short course offers kilt enthusiasts an exclusive opportunity to be guided through the progress of making a kilt from scratch.
The course will run from 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday for four weekends in a row.
The initial start date will be Saturday the 4th of May and the final day will be Sunday the 2nd of June.
Interviews will be held on the weekend of April 6th.
This is an amazing chance to create a bespoke piece of clothing for a loved one – or yourself! Our short course could also be a taster to joining one of our longer courses. This could be the first step down the path of being a fully qualified Kiltmaker.
C O U R S E D A T E S 2 0 1 9
The Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy are proud to announce our new course dates for 2019 We will be running three courses on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
These courses will run from:
19th March - 6th September
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 STUDENTS
"I loved every minute of it. I didn’t want it to finish. Even when it did, I kept coming in!"
2018 Hand & Lock Prize Winner, Emma talks to us about her experience as an Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy student and how she hopes to incorporate embroidery to bring kiltmaking into the 21st century.
Emma's award winning work can be viewed at: www.emmawilkinson.design/
"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’ve learned a lot. A lot of new things to learn because I’m not Scottish... so when I came here I didn’t know anything about kilts!"
Kiki tells all about studying at the Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy after completing an apprenticeship as a tailor in her home country of Germany.
"I am going to start advertising myself as a kiltmaker as an addition to my bridalwear."
Joanne describes how her time at the Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy will fit into her career as a bridalwear seamstress.
"I’ve enjoyed seeing another side to kilts and seeing how much work goes into them. You don’t appreciate how much effort goes into them"
Laura discusses how her career in Highlandwear led her to enrolling in the Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy.
"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.