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NEW for 2021 – we are excited to introduce a weekend holiday of ‘Braids and Bands’.

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.

Dates 2021

Our braiding holidays run for 2-nights and are priced at £399 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy of an en-suite room on a full board basis. A £100 per person discount is applied for shared occupancy.
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th September 2021 – CALL TO BOOK
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th November 2021 – CALL TO BOOK

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 can enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. Please add them on at the checkout stage.

How to book
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 £100 per person deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For art, craft & activity holidays booked within 6 weeks 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 be welcomed by our staff. You are then invited to enjoy tea and coffee in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
At 6pm there is a welcome talk from the Gartmore House staff and a meet and greet session with the course tutors where they discuss what you will be doing over the coming days. This is also a great opportunity to meet your fellow guests.
Dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Tuition runs from 10am to 4pm. Enjoy a mid-morning and mid-afternoon tea and coffee break with homemaking so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

Rooms need to be vacated by 10am. Spend the rest of the day indulging in your art, craft or activity and enjoying tea, coffee and home baking mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Depart at 4pm.

What’s Included

  • 2 days of specialist tuition from Jean Leader
  • All materials required for the course
  • Full board catering
  • En-suite 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 16:00).

Threads will be provided by your tutor, however, if you have a certain colour in mind you may wish to bring some of your own. Standard embroidery thread is ideal for braiding and comes in many colours, but you could 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 holidays.

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