Dumfries House: student of the Robert Burns Academy in tailoring workshops

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The Dumfries House skills workshops have proved a hit with pupils from local schools, with one keen to return and try their hand more in the future.

Before returning from summer vacation, pupils from across Ayrshire signed up for a one-day summer sewing workshop, learning specialist skills from the Prince’s Foundation’s team of textile education experts in the studio at Dumfries House.

Just in time to resume their daily learning, students not only honed their skills with needle and thread, but walked away with a durable kit made using their existing and new skills.

Maeve Hill from Robert Burns Academy was one of the students to participate in the class.

After having a lot of fun over the course of a day, Maeve hopes to return to Dumfries House and learn new skills in the future.

Maeve said: “The sewing workshop was a great experience. I’m really into sewing, but I’ve never used a machine before.

“I enjoyed meeting new people and learning the skills needed to make my kit. Kelly was really helpful. She was great at explaining and demonstrating new techniques that I needed.

“I’m really pleased with my final design and would love to attend more workshops at Dumfries House in the future.”

Robert Burns Academy’s Maeve Hill with Kelly Espindola

Kelly Espindola, Future Textiles Senior Tutor for the Prince’s Foundation at Dumfries House, was delighted with what she saw of the pupils.

She said: ‘The pupils did very well and had lovely new pencil cases to use when they returned to school. They came with a good range of skills learned in class and over the course of the day improved existing technique and learned new skills.

“Using scraps of fabric and materials donated by the textile industry partners of the Prince’s Foundation, the students patchworked their pencil cases, then quilted them and attached a zipper.

“It was great to see them complete the task from scratch and satisfying for them to have added to their skills while getting a practical and useful item to take home.”

For more information on textile training and education opportunities, visit princes-foundation.org.uk/education

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