Welcome to my new blog, created by my tech-savvy daughters. In the coming weeks, I hope to add lots of useful information for my kiltmaking students, friends, and family, as well as others interested in wearing or purchasing a traditional handmade kilt.
Yesterday I returned from teaching my kiltmaking course at the Braemar Summer School of Highland Dancing and Kiltmaking. During this week, an intrepid group of 13 people, both male and female, took my course in Kiltmaking, some for the first time, and others for the third or fourth time. They worked from 8 AM to 8 PM every day for 5 days, and each went home with a beautiful handsewn kilt. They also managed to have A LOT of fun, formed new friendships, and renewed old ones. This summer camp, held at the Emma Willard School in Troy, NY, also has a section devoted to Scottish Highland Dancing. This year, about 40 girls and boys 9-18 attended, and spent the 5 days improving their dance techniques, learning from internationally recognized Highland Dance teachers.
In coming posts, I hope to discuss the methods that I use for constructing a perfectly-fitting kilt, and (hopefully) answering questions that people may have regarding the wearing of kilts on all occasions.