Summer Abroad in Scotland

just a few samples of Scottish clan tartans from Lochcarron Mill, Selkirk

just a few samples of Scottish clan tartans from Lochcarron Mill, Selkirk

This past summer, I attended a Fashion Construction workshop at Heriot Watt University in Galashiels, in the Scottish Boarders.

I spent 3 weeks in a Fashion Construction course, learning more than ever about pattern drafting and sewing industry-quality garments. I also took a few day mini-courses in the other subjects offered, like knitting (on knit machines), screen printing, and weaving. We then spent a week visiting weaving mills, knitting mills, and museums in the Scottish Borders, Edinburgh, and London, England. There were also lots and lots of hikes, castles, roaming around Scotland, lots of scotch, cider, haggis, and fish n chips, tea towels from every gift shop, and dancing at a ceilidh (traditional Scottish dance that is basically flinging each other around in circles - which explains why drinking a shot of scotch is more popular than a pint of Guinness). I met some amazing people from Scotland, both teachers, students, and locals, along with my fellow international textile students. All of them are producing such amazing work!