Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Dovecot Tapestry Studio

I was so lucky to be in Scotland and visit the Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh. The tapestry studio is housed in a building that was once a Victorian swimming pool/public baths.

The airy entry has a nice selection of books, supplies and fiber-centric gifts.

Kon-Tiki Guys, tapestry woven by Freya Sewell (former apprentice)  and  WRRTBCHT, tufted rug by Dennis Reinmuller

The weaving studio entrance (closed to visitors).

Studio through the window.

Some tapestry education before the entry to the viewing balcony.

Imagine it ....the viewing balcony runs along the perimeter of the studio space which is where the pool once was. Truly spectacular. Every weaver wants a studio like this!

That's a ginormous frame for rug tufting...and the scaffolding for the one who is tufting!

In addition to the weaving studio and gallery, there is also a cute little cafe that I long to spend more time in.

A great rug in the cafe, described below.

It is such a lovely, wonderfully-renovated building, well worth the visit if you're in the neighborhood. If you can't make it there, the Dovecot website also has a catalog of their tapestries for sale that is very much worth a browse. Especially fun to see are the tapestries that were inspired by Dovecot's swimming pool past.

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