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
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve
a place. Attendees will be encouraged to use the sewing machines we have with training