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One of Andy Goldsworthy's Striding Arches on Bail Hill
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See Scotland's stunning scenery brought to life

  • Scarves woven from Harris Tweed
    Harris Tweed Scarves
  • Curator knitting at the Shetland Textile Museum at Weisdale Mill, Lerwick
    Fair Isle pattern knitting at the Shetland Textile Museum, Lerwick
  • Close up shot of jewellery being created at a workshop
    Sheila Fleet Jewellery
  • An exhibition room in the Borders Textile Towerhouse, Hawick
    The Borders Textile Towerhouse, Hawick

Scotland is renowned for producing a fantastic range of authentic crafts using traditional methods.Visiting workshops and studios across the country to discover iconic materials, beautiful garments and bespoke Scottish crafts were showcased during the Year of Creative Scotland 2012.

Discover inspirational ideas about where to experience Scotland's craft and textile industry.

A little piece of Scotland

  • Orkney boasts more craft jewellers than anywhere else in Scotland including renowned designers Sheila Fleet and Ortak. Visit their studios and discover the diversity of Orcadian design inspired by the Islands’ evocative landscape and fusion of ancient Scottish and Norse culture.
  • Visit Craft Scotland, the fantastic resource for finding craft events, workshops and details of where to discover artists and crafts people in their own studios. 

On the catwalk

  • Uncover Fair Isle, a knitting style unique to Shetland at the Shetland Textile Working Museum and the Shetland Museum and Archives in Lerwick. As a fashion-must, head to Anderson & Co and pick up a hand-made creation.
  • Fashion house Chanel recently purchased Barrie Knitwear in Hawick. Creative director Karl Lagerfield brought Chanel's Metiers d'Art collection fashion show to Linlithgow Palace in early December which showcased the

Signature fabrics and historical tapestriesA weaver works on a Hattersley loom at the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village

  • Discover the traditional methods behind one of Scotland's most renowned textiles, Harris Tweed, in the Outer Hebrides, at the Lewis Loom Centre in Stornoway. Visit the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village on Lewis and see the resident weaver in action.
  • Enjoy Scotland's wonderful collection of tapestries, from the 17th century Flemish creations in the tapestry gallery of Falkland Palace in Fife, to the magnificent designs which hang in Stirling Castle's Royal Palace. In Edinburgh, visit the Dovecot Studios, one of the world's leading contemporary tapestry studios.