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Craft from the Croft Caithness has the idea to teach people sewing skills and in September 2023 successfully attracted initial funding to run trial workshops in Thurso and Halkirk.


Funded by RWE Bad a Cheo Wind Farm Community Fund (Halkirk), administered by Foundation Scotland, it is hoped that the project and its resources will be available county wide after the trial period. Interested groups are encouraged to make contact with the project.


The sewing classes for 6-12 people can be for complete beginners or people looking to revive their skills.



Saturday 4 November Pentland Hotel, Thurso

Saturday 18 November Pentland Hotel, Thurso

Saturday 25 November, Ross Institute, Halkirk

Saturday 2 December, Ross Institute, Halkirk


Sessions for young people, typically 16-18 years old, will be held on 4 and 25 November with classes for any age over 16 on 18 November and 2 December. The sessions are on Saturdays from 9am to 4pm, a tutor will lead the sessions assisted by mentors.


The project is looking to involve local sewing mentors so, if you have sewing based experience or interest, please contact the project to join in and share your skills. You might sew at home, be part of the WRI or be a quilter for example. Sewing machines will be used at the sessions with their use demonstrated to beginners who can then use them for their chosen tasks.


In addition attendees will be asked to bring 3-5 outfits with them to explore swapping clothes with others and activities such as upcycling. The tutor will lead on topics such as how to repair and alter clothes.


This project is a local way of rehoming unwanted clothing in an environmentally friendly way, bringing old skills back to many. The circular economy will be improved by reducing textile waste, helping to combat climate change. The sessions will encourage the sharing of ideas about how textile waste can be further reduced.


Events are suitable for all age groups over 16.



Local project manager, Louise Smith, can be contacted on louinscot@aol.com to reserve a place. Attendees will be encouraged to use the sewing machines we have with training given.


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