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Braids and bands are narrow textiles made by linking together a few strands of yarn. This method has been used for hundreds of years for ties and trims on clothing and household items.

Your tutor Jean Leader will teach you some of the different ways of making braids, and how to use them to make bracelets. Threads will be provided, although you may want to bring your own if you have a particular colour scheme in mind.

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Dates 2023

All of our holidays run for 5-nights from Sunday to Friday and start from £979 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.

September 10th to 15th 2023

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. We also have a full programme of day trips and activities on offer for them. Please add them and day trips at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

Payment, Terms & Conditions
A 25% deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 3 months prior to arrival. For art, craft & activity holidays booked within 3 months of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Art, craft & activity holidays are subject to availability and subject to change.

Check in is from 4pm where you will receive a warm welcome from our team.
Once you are unpacked and settled, we invite you to enjoy some tea or coffee and home baking in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
If you have never been on a holiday like this before, we understand how anxious you may be. That’s why, come 6pm, everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet, giving you the chance to meet both your fellow guests and your tutor before the start of the course on Monday. Your tutor will talk you through what to expect from the week, discuss what you would like to achieve during your stay, and answer any questions you may have. 
From there, dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Monday to Thursday
Throughout the week, tuition runs from 10am to 4pm with regular breaks for tea and coffee so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All your meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

Check out by 10am

What’s Included

  • 4 days of specialist tuition from Jean Leader
  • All materials required for the course
  • Full board catering
  • 5-nights accommodation
  • Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.

All threads and material will be provided by your tutor.

Participants are welcome to bring their own threads if they have a particular colour scheme in mind. Standard embroidery thread is ideal for braiding and comes in many colours, but you may also bring double knit wool or pearl cotton 5 or 8 if you so wished.

Tutor Jean Leader

Your tutor Jean Leader is based in Glasgow. Jean has always been interested in textiles – knitting, crochet, embroidery, sewing and, later, weaving and spinning – and one day stumbled upon a book about bobbin lacemaking, so decided to try that too! Making, designing, teaching and writing books on the subject of lace has since formed an integral part of Jean’s life for over thirty years. In recognition of her work for lace and lacemaking Jean received the 2015 Marsh Heritage Crafts Volunteer Award. Having previously served as chairman of The Lace Guild, Jean is the current President of the International Organization of Lace.

Jean is also the tutor for our Lace Making courses.

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