Join us for an atmospheric night of storytelling in the historic setting of Shambellie House. The Stewart family of Shambellie have made their home in New Abbey for hundreds of […]
An opportunity to see inside Shambellie House and find out more about our programme of courses, events and activities. For this open day there is a particular focus on wool and felting. Find out more about natural dyes, wet felting and how to needle felt. The bookable taster workshops at 10am and 2pm will give […]
A course designed to enable you to make effective jewellery from inexpensive materials and using easily acquired skills. Potential projects are a faux suede bracelet with a charm; a bracelet using jump rings and seed beads; a necklace using a various beads (if you have any individual beads bring them along and they can be […]
Tutor Elma Graham will show you how to create a panel of background squares, with the emphasis being on accurate cutting and piecing, to which a stylised design will be added. The piece will be layered like a quilt with both functional and decorative stitching. All machine sewing with a straight stitch! The complete piece […]
Guitar builder Kenny Hilsley presents a night of guitar making and music. Experience an insight into how his guitars are made including timber selection, body styles and construction techniques. Take this chance to pick up a Hilsley guitar and then enjoy a short concert, featuring Hilsley guitars, performed by Kenny, Doug Carroll and Kenny Brodie.
Our tutor Helen Walsh will help you learn how to use your sewing machine as a drawing machine and create a unique and beautiful piece of bird or animal inspired textile artwork. A range of templates are provided, or you can bring a good quality image of your own (A4-A3 size.) You will learn how […]
The grounds surrounding Shambellie House are classified ancient woodland and have a rich variety of wildlife and biodiversity. The woodlands are a very important ecosystem comprising of native species, some planted impressive specimens and a rich and structured network of fungi and plants that has taken hundreds of years to form. Woodlands like this are […]
Creativity, discovery and mindfulness to improve your well-being through printmaking. During this workshop tutor Frank Hayes will help you explore the wonderful world of printmaking, texture and colour. If you’ve ever wanted to be creative through printing, but didn’t feel you had enough practice or experience, this is a perfect session for anybody of any […]
Tutor Darren Harper will help you get acquainted with Zeno; the first Stoic, explore what is ‘good’, asking such questions as: What has value? What is the best way to live? and What should we do to flourish? You will also explore the Stoic ‘virtues’ before contemplating the Stoic concept of ‘indifferents’.
Come along and learn hand embroidery and discover how it can be used as a creative tool for mindfulness and relaxation. In each session you’ll explore different embroidery stitches and techniques with guidance from textile artist Helen Walsh. There will also be lots of opportunities to enjoy the social aspect of stitching too, either working […]
Discover the places of Dumfries and Galloway where people have travelled on pilgrimage, marked life’s events, or found tranquillity. From stone circles and Neolithic monuments to healing wells and holy shrines. In this intriguing and well-illustrated presentation Tom Hughes will explore the landscape of our region and the ways in which people have found hope […]
Are you thinking of taking up sewing as a hobby and do you want to make something renewable? This taster course will teach you how to use a sewing machine to create a reusable washing up sponge. Not only will you learn to sew, but also create something that reduces waste. The course will help […]