Another landmark by our very own local ‘one of its kind’ in the world, Keith Kilt and Textile Centre saw Linda Gorn needle felt a touching and thoughtful farewell present to President Obama of The United States of America as he leaves his post this week. Linda decided to incorporate his passion for his two dogs into a piece of work that the whole family can enjoy for the years to come.
She also included a personal letter to the President, inviting him for a visit to the Keith Kilt and Textile Centre where they would gladly hand stitch one of their bespoke, made to measure famous kilts for him.
Visitors from all over the world have travelled to Keith to visit the centre, which now has a shop front on the main shopping area of Mid Street. Just recently they welcomed a Japenese film crew through their doors who were filming for Japan’s national public broadcaster NHK as part of a travelogue series. The presenter, Tomohiro Sekiguchi was delighted to be dressed in a kilt as he was shown how they are made on their visit.
It is not only kiltmaking that goes on in the centre, courses are run encompassing the traditional skills of textile working as well with many quality goods being available to buy in the shop to support the aims of this charity based venture.
The Keith Kilt and Textile Centre was formed in 2005 from the previous Keith Kilt School that was established in 1994. The original idea was to train former millworkers from Keith and the surrounding district in the traditional art of kiltmaking following the closure of the local Woolen Mills of Kynochs and Laidlaws.
The Centre still train kiltmakers in the traditional art from around the world today and offer the only Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) Qualification for a customised award in Traditional Kiltmaking in the world with the addition of their SQA Textile Accessory course, which includes dressmaking / pattern reading / adjustment / design, creative textiles, crazy felt / needle felting / wet felting, bag making, which is another course completely unique to the Keith Kilt and Textile Centre.
If you would like to pop along and be one of the many local or international visitors to the centre to see what they offer, you never know who you might meet – The former President of the United States maybe?
If you would like more information on courses and what this unique centre has to offer, please contact them by any means below.
Shop: 147 Mid Street, Keith, Moray, Scotland. AB55 5BJ
Telephone: 01542 886846