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Open day for Moray textile business

17 May 2011

People wanting to learn the art of kiltmaking, have a unique luxury handbag made or those looking to buy a special gift, are being invited to the Keith Kilt and Textile Centre Open Day on Saturday 21 May from 12pm to 4pm at The Loft hall, Keith.

The Keith Kilt and Textile Centre has recently moved to new premises on Mid Street, on the upper floor of the Loft Youth Project.

Visitors will be able to meet some of the tutors, patchworkers and see for themselves the work undertaken by both businesses. This includes beautiful wallhangings that were part of the Threads of History project and samples of patchwork produced by the 'patchwork ladies'.

Linda Gorn, volunteer chairperson of the Moray Textile Project, said: "By moving premises to Mid Street in Keith, we hope that the wider public will be more aware of the courses that are on offer and the quality of merchandise that we are now producing. We welcome visitors preferably by appointment.

"We work closely with two local designers and customers can have their own bespoke handbags designed choosing their own colours and embellishments for the front of the bag. Our designers' most recent work was for a clutch as a gift for Catherine Middleton to celebrate her marriage to Prince William.

"We also deliver courses on traditional kiltmaking, including a customised SQA award unique to us and delivered by an experienced kiltmaker/tutor.

"We are working towards delivering other textile related courses along with other short courses including Art Clay Silver delivered by our in house qualified tutor. On Fridays we have a drop in self help patchwork group who produce the most intricate works of art from 1pm - 4pm."

Keith Kilt and Textile Centre market their merchandise under Tweed Tartan and Textiles, proudly designed and Made in Scotland from Harris and Johnstons of Elgin tweed and tartans woven in Scotland.

"As a social enterprise company the project is keen to promote and extend the sharing of traditional skills and techniques across the generations. We have been supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and have spent the last two years looking for suitable premises for the businesses" continued Linda.

"This is an exciting time for the future of both Keith Kilt and Textile Centre and the Moray Textiles Project and we hope people will come along and see what we do."

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