ART CLOTH DOLL MAKING COURSES NEAR YOU?
Join Us At Gartmore House For Our Art Cloth Doll Making Courses
available dates :
March - December 2022 & 2023
"I wanted to find the best doll making tutorial online, then I saw that Gartmore House offers art cloth doll making courses near me. What a find!"
About The Course
If you’re having trouble finding art cloth doll making courses near you then why not come on holiday to Gartmore House and learn with the best?
Under the watchful guidance of our friendly, expert tutor, Angela Neilson, who has a lifetime of experience in dressmaking and embroidery, you will be lead step-by-step through the whole process of making either a basic art cloth doll or rag doll. This certainly won’t be like any other holiday!
Learn new skills, make new friends, and enjoy a relaxing holiday with a difference. Our art cloth doll courses have it all.
Suitable for beginners and more experienced stitchers alike, our holidays offer an introduction into the art of doll making. If you are completely new to the subject, please don’t be anxious. At every stage, Angela will be on hand to help you find a way to achieve the best result in a way that is comfortable for you.
A bit of creative imagination and a willingness to let go of preconceptions goes a long way because, as these character dolls emerge, they develop a life of their own – whispering to you how they like their hair and what they want to wear. You may wish to bring your own sources of inspiration such as pictures, photos, books, vintage fabrics, jewellery and shells. Why not start a small sketch book of ideas using words, pictures, cut outs, scribbles, photos, drawings, scraps of fabric etc. But if you don’t know where to start, Angela will bring samples of her work for inspiration.
Course Inclusions And Coverage
This course is an all-in-one package which includes the following:
Booking for this course includes 4 days of specialist tuition from Angela Neilson.
All specialist equipment will be supplied but there will be a few essential items that you will need to bring. Please see our terms and detailed information section below.
Food & Accommodation
Full board catering and 5-nights accommodation are included when you book.
Complimentary transfers are included when you book - subject to certain conditions.*
* 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 of our craft or activity 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.
tERMS & DETAILED INFORMATION
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
TERMS & CONDITIONS OF BOOKING
To confirm your holiday:
A non-refundable 25% deposit is required to secure your booking.
Payment of your holiday:
The balance of your payment must be received no later than 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement of your holiday. In the case of non-payment, we reserve the right to cancel your booking and any cancellation fees will apply.
If you cancel your booking:
All deposits are non-refundable. Should you need to cancel your booking up to 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement date, we will refund any monies paid, less your deposit. If you cancel less than 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement date, no refund will be given.
We do advise you to take out holiday insurance for this reason.
Opt to make either an art cloth doll or a rag doll during your stay.
Art Cloth Dolls
With the guidance of your tutor Angela you will begin by drawing out and machine stitching body parts. Next, you will turn and stuff each body part, wire the fingers, needle-sculpt the face, draw or embroider facial features, and make a simple wig. Finally, you will assemble the doll – attach the arms and legs and dress the character doll. Please note, construction of your art cloth doll will make up the most part of the week. You will have a small amount of time at the end of the week to dress him/her. True art cloth dolls are decorated, adorned, or even dressed by applying fabrics, ribbons, beads, embroidery directly to the figure itself.
Basic sewing machine skills are helpful. Hand stitching the doll is of course a much more relaxing and meditative option, but progress will be significantly slower.
Why not create your own unique rag doll?! As an alternative to the art doll you can choose to make a basic rag doll, suitable as a child’s toy. It will have no complicated joints and almost no shaping or contouring. The basic pattern is provided, while demonstrations and written instructions take you through all of the steps listed above, not all of which are needed for a basic ragdoll. Angela will offer handy tips and hints to avoid the pitfalls. Personalising of the doll is encouraged and you could even make it more contoured body if desired. The skills learned can later be translated into art doll making should you wish. Within the 5 days there should be time to make a start on creating a wardrobe of outfits for your new friend.
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
All materials required to make an art cloth doll will be provided by your tutor.
Tutor Angela will contact guests ahead of arrival to discuss which type of doll they wish to make, what their favourite colours are, and the colour of skin desired.
Your Course Tutor: Angela Neilson
Angela has been sewing since before she started school, thanks to her Mother and sister’s encouragement at home. Even before finishing Primary School, she had made a pair of pink and white gingham shorts on an old treddle sewing machine. More sewing was to come at Secondary School, with memories of sewing a sleeveless cotton blouse and a pin-cord mini dress with puff sleeves! During Angela’s teenage years she made her own clothes, pencil cases, bags etc. and as a young wife and mother, continued to dress-make for herself and children and made her first rag doll for her daughter.
In the early 90’s, Angela was re-introduced to creative embroidery by Ness Walker at classes run by Aberdeen City Council. Ness’ classes were both inspiring and disciplined – spending a week or more on one stitch and pushing it to the limits with texture and/or colour. Ness encouraged Angela to join Aberdeen North Embroiderers’ Guild and she has been a member for over 20 years. It was here that Angela was introduced to art cloth doll making and she was instantly hooked! Since then she has been inspired and challenged by other doll makers in books, on the internet & in workshops. Angela has went on to develop her own styles, preferences, patterns, and techniques.
As an Embroiderers’ Guild member Angela has had the privilege of being taught by many of the “big names” in embroidery circles in the UK, including Isobel Hall, Maggie Grey and Jean Littlejohn. In 2011 she signed up for the City & Guilds Craft & Design (Embroidery) course at Moray College and was awarded the Certificate in 2013 and Diploma in July 2015 after a very stimulating and full, 4 years of tuition by June Hyndman, a textile art graduate of Glasgow School of Art.
Angela looks forward to sharing her extensive sewing experience and passion for art cloth doll making with you on a creative holiday at Gartmore House.
Where can I find out more about the course?
If you need any further information about your course that is not on our website, please get in contact with us and we can provide you with the tutor’s contact details who can assist with your query.
What do I need to bring on my art, craft and activity break?
Your required kit list for your specific break is shown on each course’s webpage. However, should you have any queries, then please feel free to contact us.
What is the art, craft and activity holiday booking terms and conditions?
To secure your booking, a non-refundable £100 per person deposit is required. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For holidays booked within 6 weeks of the arrival date, full payment is required at time of booking.
Holidays are subject to availability and subject to change. There is a minimum number of guests required to run each course. If a course is cancelled due to low numbers, you may transfer any monies paid to an alternative date or a full refund will be issued.
If you cancel a booking, your £100 deposit is non-refundable. The rest of your payment will be refunded if you cancel no later than 6 weeks prior to arrival.
What time do your transfer services for the art, craft & activity holidays operate?
We offer a complimentary transfer services to and from Stirling train station. Collection is at 3:30pm from the station on the day of arrival, and our drop-off service departs from Gartmore House at 9:15am (5 and 6-night holidays) or 4pm (2-night holidays) on the day of departure.
The closest airports to us are Glasgow and Edinburgh airports. If you require a transfer to and/or from either airport, please select this option at the time of booking. Transfers to/from Glasgow and Edinburgh airports are available at an additional cost. After booking your flights, please update your Customer Portal with the time you wish to be collected from the airport on the day of arrival and the time of collection at Gartmore House, returning to the airport, on the day of departure. Please allow 60 minutes for your transfer between Gartmore House and Glasgow Airport, or 90 minutes for your transfer between Gartmore House and Edinburgh Airport.
Can I bring a partner/friend to stay with me while I am on an art, craft or activity break?
If you’re coming on one of our art, craft or activity 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. Please add them at the checkout stage.
Are the bedrooms en-suite?
We have 23 en-suite bedrooms, comprising a mix of single, twin, double and family rooms, located on the first and second floor of the house. There are also three further bedrooms which share a bathroom. All guests are allocated an en-suite room unless you request otherwise.
Do you have accessible bedrooms?
We have one dedicated accessible bedroom. This bedroom benefits from an en-suite bathroom with assistance rails, grab bars and a ‘roll-in’ shower. Additionally, we have a number of other bedrooms that have a shower cubicle which may fit your needs. All other bedrooms feature a bath with an overhead shower. All floors of the house are accessible by lift.
What facilities are there in the bedrooms?
All bedrooms have tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer, bath towels and complimentary travel toiletries. Whilst there are no TVs in the bedrooms there is a TV in the Oak Room.
Do all the bedrooms have a good view?
The more spacious, Hobby Haven bedrooms have panoramic views looking across Flander’s Moss towards Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument. All other bedrooms have a side or rear view of our grounds.
What time is check in/check out?
Check-in is from 4pm, and check-out is 10am.
There will always be somebody on duty to check you in, whether it is the receptionist or the night porter. If you are going to be very late, we would appreciate you letting us know in advance where possible.
Is there WiFi?
Complimentary fibre internet is available for all guests and is accessible in our public areas on the ground floor and library on the lower ground floor. There is no WiFi access in the bedrooms.
How do I find Gartmore House?
Please see our location page for road, rail, and air travel directions.
Do you have car parking facilities?
Free on-site parking is available for all guests throughout the duration of your stay. All cars are parked at owners’ risk.
Can you cater for dietary requirements?
We are able to cater for a wide range of dietaries and allergens. Please notify us of any requirements at the time of booking.
Can I stay at Gartmore House on a bed and breakfast basis?
Whilst our calendar is filled with art, craft and activity holidays we do occassionally have gaps which we open to bed & breakfast guests.
We welcome solo travellers, couples and friends to stay at Gartmore House on a B&B basis. Full payment is required at the time of a B&B booking. Direct bookings have a 72-hour cancellation policy.
To make a booking, please contact us direct.
What should I do if I have lost or left something in my room?
Send us an email or call if you think you have left something in your room, and we will do our best to find it and return it to you. However, we ask you to please reimburse us for the postage fee.
Can I bring my dog?
We are a dog friendly house. Dogs are not permitted in the public or dining areas and must be kept in your bedroom. Whilst in the ground of Gartmore Estate, all dogs must be kept on a lead. We charge a fee of £30 per dog. This fee does not apply to guide dogs or assistance dogs.
Where is the nearest shop?
Gartmore village has a small community owned shop that is a 10-minute walk away. For a bigger supermarket, there is a Co-operative in the village of Aberfoyle, situated two miles from Gartmore House.
I am under 18 years old; can I stay at Gartmore House without a parent/guardian?
No, if you are under the age of 18 you will require a parent or guardian to accompany you.
Spots on this course are limited!
Book your spot now and join us at Gartmore House. We are confident it will deepen your understanding of doll making.