Summer classes could lead to Borders boost

summer schools at Heriot-Watt in Screen printing, weaving, knitting and fashion construction. Marnie Collins, lecturer in textile design helps Michael Van Beinum with his work on a loom
summer schools at Heriot-Watt in Screen printing, weaving, knitting and fashion construction. Marnie Collins, lecturer in textile design helps Michael Van Beinum with his work on a loom

The ancient craft of weaving was among a series of new skills which could be learned at Heriot-Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design this month, with the organiser hoping the summer classes can encourage more people to the Borders, writes Kenny Paterson.

Weaving students have been learning the trade in Europe’s largest studio of its kind at the School’s High Mill in Galashiels.

And other subjects included the use of the school’s archive by those on the printed textile design course.

There was also a chance for summer students to learn about fashion construction as well as machine knitting.

Jane Robertson, technical support manager at the Netherdale higher education campus, said: “We have had 22 people attending the summer schools, some staying in our new halls of residence, ranging from 15 years to more than 60 years of age.

“This is only the second year we have been running the suite of courses and I am hoping that this is going to grow into a much bigger profile year on year that will bring visitors into the Borders every summer.”

The participants came together last Friday for a show and tell event to display all their work from the week.