Join Us At Gartmore House For Our Soft Furnishings Courses

available dates :

February - October 2022

February - October 2023

“Finding a good soft furnishing course near me was a pretty daunting task until I realised I could go on a sewing holiday at Gartmore House!”

About The Course

Our soft furnishing courses at Gartmore House are the perfect way to spend your holiday.

Nestled in the heart of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, you’ll have the chance to totally unwind and have some dedicated time for your favourite hobby! This is the prefect opportunity to do more of what you love.

Suitable for solo travellers, couples, or groups of friends wanting to try something new together, our soft furnishing courses are the perfect setting to brush up on your sewing skills and even make a friend or two!
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!

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 Morag Gray.


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.

Here's what a previous participant has to say about this course:

“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

Booking Information

DATES 2023
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.

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  • Terms of Booking

  • Workshop Themes

  • Example Programme

  • Kit List

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.

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.

Your Course 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!


  • The Course

  • Bedrooms

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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.

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 soft furnishings.

Need help? Don't hesitate to contact us.

  • Gartmore Estate, Stirling, FK8 3RS, Scotland
  • mail@gartmorehouse.com
  • 01877 382 991