The Workshop is currently closed due to covid-19 lockdown.
Until Easter 2021 we are open by appointment only. We may be there some days, and if you see the door open you are welcome to come in. However, during these cold winter months when we get few visitors, we intend to work from home as much as possible. If you want to come please phone 01463 831567 to arrange a mutually convenient time for your visit.
You will find hand-sanitizer in the porch along with a selection of facemasks to borrow or buy. As the space is small, we can only have one family group in at a time. If you need to wait you are welcome to sit at our picnic bench and we will come out and tell you if it looks as though you might have to wait more than a few minutes. We look forward to welcoming you.
One family - three generations - hundreds of beautiful things .......
In this 140 year old building is where you will find a small family team designing and making a wide range of textile products. Click on the buttons above to go directly to our individual websites or continue reading to learn about all that goes on here.
If you can visit in person you will find all sorts of textile activities going on. Mother, daughter and granddaughter team, Ruth, Mary and Rachel all work together in the family business Anna Macneil which was started by Ruth’s mother on the Isle of Lewis in the 1980s. We make a range of fashion accessories using Harris Tweed. These include hats and scarves, bags and purses, wraps and capes, wall hangings and cushions, keyrings and Christmas decorations. Everything is available to buy through the Anna Macneil website and we also offer a bespoke service.
Mary is a fashion designer specialising in tartan, making under her label LochDress. When you are looking for something special that will last a lifetime this is where to come. Mary is particularly known for her bespoke, tartan, steel-boned corsets which are both figure enhancing and comfortable. While a visit to the workshop is the ideal, Mary does work with clients all over the world. Visit her LochDress website for more information.
Ruth also works with tartans, but in the field of Ecclesiastical Embroidery. She makes vestments and paraments for clergy and churches all over the world with her design theme largely Celtic inspired and usually incorporating tartan within her designs. Visit her Angelforce website for more information.
Rachel helps her mother and grandmother much of the time but is also developing her own areas of specialism. She makes kilts for both men and women, and variations of the kilt style interpreted for women. She has a wonderful range of sporran bags which are available under both the LochDress label and the Anna Macneil label.
Ruth dabbles in many different fibre crafts but her passions are embroidery, weaving and feltmaking. At The Workshop she has a foot-powered hand loom dating from the middle of last century on which she weaves woollen tweeds. She will be happy to demonstrate the loom in action if you call in to visit us. Ruth is also a feltmaker and often makes felt which she then embroiders in various ways to create wall art. She also teaches feltmaking and sewing. Visit her website Ruth Black - Textile Artist.