At the Kiltmakery we offer a more organic and natural way of teaching. We want this to be an amazing experience for all and we will all be there supporting you throughout, whether you are an experienced sewer or have never picked up a needle.
Our most popular course is the following Two Week Intensive Course.
Two week Intensive course
This course is perfect for those who live a bit away and fancy a working holiday or those who just want to make a traditional kilt for a loved one. However, more often than not this is the start of your kiltmaking journey.
This course is Monday to Friday in our Leith workrooms. We also include 2 drop-in days that you can use over the weekends or at later dates.
During the two weeks you will make one full traditional handsewn kilt under the complete supervision of a time served expert kiltmaker.
- You will enjoy learning the wonderful and exciting history of kilts and tartan.
- Be able to understand the complexities of tartan the textile.
- How to take measurements of all shapes and sizes.
- How to set up different tartans.
- All the different hand sewing techniques.
- Then you will hand sew the entire kilt under the supervision of an expert kiltmaker
The cost of this course is £600 (including VAT).
Included are the two extra ‘drop in days’ as part of this price – so this is 12 days in total.
You will have the weekends free to discover our beautiful city. There are a lot of places for accommodation, from Airbnb to Top Hotels.
As part of the course you will receive our in-depth work book.
Full Kiltmaking course (become a fully trained traditional kiltmaker)
We would normally recommend taking the 2 week course before hand as this will gives you a good knowledge to start with. However, we do understand that this sometimes will not be possible so we can offer a bespoke option where we will work around you. Course Description You will enjoy learning the wonderful and exciting history of kilts and tartan Be able to understand the complexities of tartan the textile How to take measurements of all shapes and sizes How to set up different tartans All the different hand sewing techniques
You will make 8 traditional handsewn kilts to the absolute highest standards.
To become a fully trained kiltmaker you will need to make:
1 x Childs kilt, made to grow with the wee one
3 x Gents full 8 yard kilts made in different tartans and weights
1 x Ladies or athletes kilt
1 x Highland dance kilt
1 x self colour kilt
1 x military box kilt
1 x traditional box kilt (optional)
The cost of this course is £600 for the first 12 days as above, then you will only be charged £60 per day for the tuition days needed for each kilt. You can work at your own pace at home.
The more kilts you make the less tuition you will need, but don’t worry we will still be there for support you throughout. You will also be invited to join our online kiltmakers community, for any help or advice you may need in the future or if you just want the patter.
We also offer an open door Wednesday, where you can come in and sew alongside others. This is not a tuition day just a way to get to know other kiltmakers.
The beauty of this course is that it can be done at your own pace and in your own time . If you are wanting to come on any of our courses Please contact Nikki – firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0131 555 0248 to find out more.