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NEW for 2021 – we are excited to introduce a weekend course 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 and prices 2021

Friday 10th – Sunday 12th September – £399 per person (2 nights) – CALL TO BOOK
Friday 12th – Sunday 14th November – £399 per person (2 nights) – CALL TO BOOK


Above is based on single occupancy of an en-suite room (full board basis), should you wish to bring a companion who is not taking part in the course, then they will receive a reduction in the above price; please contact us for details.

Prices updated December 2019.

How to book

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact our team.

Payment, Terms & Conditions
A £100 per person deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For craft & activity breaks booked within 6 weeks of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Craft & activity breaks are subject to availability and subject to change.

What’s included?
Your 2 night stay will be in the comfort of Gartmore House; all rooms are en-suite with tea and coffee making facilities and many have wonderful views over Flanders Moss Nature Reserve, towards Stirling.

Your course includes full board; all meals are freshly prepared by our chefs. Enjoy a glass of wine as you relax in the dining room looking out over the views and discussing your day’s work. Bar facilities are available during dinner. 

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).

Weekend Course
16:00 Arrive late afternoon to afternoon tea in the lounge 
18:00 Welcome talk in the lounge and meet your tutor 
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

08:30 Breakfast then check-out
10:00 Latest check-out. Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
16:00 Course ends for the day. Make your own way home


Threads will be provided by your tutor, however you may wish to bring some of your own, if you have a particular colour scheme in mind. 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 courses.

‘Exceptional value for money. You made us feel welcome from booking to departure. Nothing ever appeared too much trouble and that level of service is something to be exceptionally proud of. We will return next year to enjoy the house and crafting courses. With heartfelt thanks.’

‘A lovely old house brought back to life, well done.’

‘Lovely atmosphere for learning and relaxation. Afternoon tea ‘treats’ much appreciated.’

‘With regard to the accommodation, this was more than comfortable, the food delicious and plentiful and all the staff warm, friendly and helpful.’

Our team is here to help with any queries that you may have about the course. You may also like to take a look at our FAQs blog post to see if we answer any of your queries there. Don’t forget that our team are happy to assist with any questions – please feel free to get in touch.

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