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.


9 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. Judy, you totally rock for getting this going – and kudos to Margaret and Katie for the tech coaching! I'm glad your inspiration will continue in the digital world! I hope to see you soon with video in hand for a titling and editing consult. xoxoxo

  2. Hi there "Fearless Leader" – Thanks again for a BRILLIANT week. 8 years is way too long, and it'll take an earthquake or something equally serious to keep me from being there every year from now on! Have a happy Fourth of July!!! Schnauzer Boy.

  3. Hi Judy, This is great! I arrived home safely to Michigan…11 hrs of driving, but well worth it! Thanks, for being such a patient teacher. I hope to come back next year with an easier tartan to work with.

  4. Hi Judy,Of course I immediently came back to work, no problems with any flights. I finished stitching the lining and the buttonhole. I haven't tried it on Laurel yet; she is spending the week with her dad. I had an awesome time, what a great week. Talk to you soon.

  5. It's amazing how many people say they want a kilt once they know you can make one. To all those closet kilt wearers…hang in there…we are learning as fast as we can!

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