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Winter workshops

We are delighted to announce the first few events in our Winter Courses programme here at The Pierhouse. It’s the perfect opportunity to ‘get crafty’ this winter and try something new under the expert guidance of our workshop providers.  

The craft workshops run in the mornings – make a day of it and enjoy a bite to eat afterwards in the Ferry Bar or Seafood Restaurant. Alternatively, treat yourself to an overnight stay before or after the workshop. Take a look at our excellent value mid-week room availability here>

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2019 Winter Workshops

Dye Your Own Silk Scarf

Dye Your Own Silk Scarf with textile artist Midge Gourlay

Tuesday, 5 November 2019 - 10.30am

A 3 hour hands-on workshop with textile artist Midge Gourlay to dye your own silk scarf using the Japanese Shibori technique to pattern the fabric with indigo dye.

Midge Gourlay is a local resident of Port Appin who specialises in embroidered textiles. Trained at the Glasgow School of Art, Midge’s work - which is inspired by Celtic mythology and the West Highland sea and landscapes - has been exhibited widely throughout the UK and abroad.

The workshop is a unique opportunity to work with Midge and runs for approximately 3 hours.

Workshop cost is £40 per person. (You need to bring your own apron and rubber gloves!)

Places are limited to 10 people (minimum of 5 people for the course to run) so book your place now by calling the Pierhouse Reservations Team on 01631 730302 (workshop fee payable at the time of booking).

Read more about Midge and Port Appin Studio

Read more about Midge and Port Appin Studio here>

Beginners Guide to Brush Pen Calligraphy

Beginners Guide to Brush Pen Calligraphy with Toasty Type

Thursday, 14 November - 10.30am

Whether you're a lettering newbie or you've tried your hand at calligraphy before and ended up in a big inky mess (we’ve all been there), this is the course for you. Learn about the basic strokes that help you to form letters and develop your skills so you can create beautiful lettering too!

This three-hour course - being offered by Toasty Type (or Jen to her pals!) from Glasgow - is perfect for beginners and offers a true introduction to the practice of modern calligraphy. You will receive all the help and guidance you need along with professional demonstrations to help guide you through the workshop. This course will provide you with the skills, techniques, and tools you need to continue your practice at home.

Workshop cost is £38 per person. Places are limited to 10 so book yours now by calling the Reservations Team on 01631 730302 (workshop fee payable at the time of booking).

More about Toasty Type

Read more about Toasty Type here>

Make Your Own Boozy Lamp and Shade

Make Your Own Boozy Lamp and Shade with Glasgow’s Braw Wee Emporium

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 - 10.30am

This increasingly popular workshop is hosted by Jennifer McGlone from Glasgow’s Braw Wee Emporium. It is the chance to spend an entertaining 3 hours or so making your very own lamp and shade.

Perfect for beginners, you will be taken through the process step by step, and at the end of it you’ll have your own unique lamp and shade to take home with you. We provide all the materials that you will need, so you just need to roll up and join us!

Workshop cost is £35 per person and places are limited to 10 so book yours now by calling the Reservations Team on 01631 730302 (workshop fee payable at the time of booking).

More about Glasgow's Braw Wee Emporium

Read more about Braw Wee Emporium here>