We departed Edinburgh around 8:30-9am for the Wemyss School of Needlework, and I started stitching on my MacGregor plaid on the ride. I did watch the scenery too!
The location was beautiful in a quaint little town! We were warmly greeted by Fiona and were split into 2 groups.
This is the wall of wool and to look at the explosion of color was just lovely. Fiona talked to us about what the school was all about and how they create bespoke kits for our stitching pleasure.
I could’ve listened to her all day! But quickly enough we would switch rooms and join Ian with the linens from Angus Weavers. He was just as fascinating. And there was plenty of time for retail therapy with these beautiful linens and other items.
I would purchase this small Wemyss porcelain pot and all my threads from stitching on my Scotland projects would go in here! You can see my finished plaid, even though I wouldn’t actually finish it till I got home. It is now with the framers and will find a home on my travel wall.
Meet from left to right: Ian, Phillipa and Fiona and then Laura, Meredith and Phillipa. All too soon our time here was over.
We would depart for Blair Castle located in Blair Atholl to tour the castle and, and, and… a private viewing of the lace collection of Lady Evelyn Stewart Murray.
The lace was amazing! Breathtaking and unbelievably beautiful! She both collected the lace and many needlework materials and created some of the lace herself. She led quite a troubled life and I would love to read more about her. I’ve been told the book authored by Mary Dick-Digges is the best reading.
Lady Ann’s Needlework Tours are on tour again as they have embarked on the all England Tour part 2 right now. Of course I am wishing that I was there too! Make sure you check them out on my blog role…or if not on Facebook. Alison Cole has been posting lots of pictures and soon I’m sure will be Meredith Hahn Willett, Phillipa Turnbull and the Crewel Work Company Tour be adding to it! These 3 experts in our field sure have created some gorgeous stitcheries for this tour!