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Soft Furnishings

Explore your creativity stitching up a choice of striking interior accessories with textile designer Morag Gray. Make a Little House Doorstop in tasteful tweeds or funky fabrics, or an exotic pouffe/footstool in a colourful collage of fabrics using free-machining and reverse applique techniques.

Some sewing experience is necessary as over the four days you will follow a basic pattern with Morag’s guidance on your personal choice of design and decoration. There is plenty scope to add personal details so that everyone makes something quite unique. Fabrics and structural stiffening will be provided but you may wish to include some material in your own choice of pattern or colour.

Bring along your sewing machine and enjoy spending time making something highly original for yourself as a family heirloom, or as a special gift for a friend!

To see pictures of the course please visit our gallery

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.

February 12th to 17th 2023
March 26th to 31st 2023
June 4th to 9th 2023
October 1st to 6th 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.

The week will be loosely themed as follows: 

Selecting fabric kit and apply stiffening to basic shapes.
Draw out design details with guidance on techniques required to create effects. Assemble detail elements then stitch onto separate stiffened parts.

Complete additional details, and embellish separate parts through stiffening. before starting to construct finished article.

Continue construction of final article adding any hand embroidery required,

Complete construction with stuffing. Apply any other decoration such as beading/buttons for finishing touch.
Final showcase exhibition and photographs!

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 Morag Gray
  • 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.

Your tutor will provide a wide selection of up-cycled fabric samples for use throughout the week.
Participants are most welcome to bring along their favourite fabrics, for example items that have sentimental meaning such as children’s clothes, or co-ordinating patterns and colours of your choice.

We kindly ask all participants to bring the following:

  • Sewing machine with manual (if you have one!) and any attachments such as darning foot for free machining.
  • A variety of coloured machine thread. Assorted ribbons and buttons if you have them. If not, your tutor will have a selection to choose from.
  • Pins, hand-sewing needles. Large fabric and small sharp scissors, inch tape, pencil and 12” ruler.

Tutor Morag Gray

After school, Morag enjoyed helping out in the costume department at Dundee Rep, and was persuaded to go to Edinburgh College of Art to study Fashion and Textiles. Learning pattern-cutting and garment construction to a high level of finish stood set in good stead. Making colourful children’s wear and funky fashion accessories was great fun in the exuberant eighties and she followed up with a post-graduate business course at Stirling University.

Work as a colour-consultant to several weaving mills followed, along with teaching at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee and work in an Interior Design showroom. A City and Guilds course in Embroidery and Creative Textiles led Morag back to making costumes for Dance and Drama students at Dundee College where she enjoyed collaborating with the students on their ideas, often re-working existing costumes by dyeing and making interesting effects on a tight budget.

This gave her a preference for working with re-cycled fabrics such as vintage linens and lace. Good quality materials often become more interesting with wear and may bring special meaning with familiar associations to personal work. There is so much material of good quality being wasted, that Morag encourages students to use what they have to hand, or can swap with friends. Sample books and scraps are great inspiration too!

She currently teaches in Dundee and Perth on a regular basis and she particularly enjoys the stimulus of working with like-minded people, encouraging them to experiment with the huge variety of textile techniques around. It’s always more fun to work with others and sharing ideas challenges her to keep learning too!



  • ”Morag is an inspiring teacher who encourages those attending her classes to go beyond their comfort zones. Very supportive with loads of ideas to enable out of the box ideas to flourish.” – Workshop attendee

Please note: The above reviews come from past workshops and courses run by the tutor out with Gartmore House.

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