Over the past four years our Braw Wee Workshops have become very popular with over 1500 people attending a variety of workshops from Bottle Lamp Making to Visible Mending! So here are some of the most common questions we get!
Who are the Workshops for?
We aim to be accessible as possible with our workshops but our main workshops are suitable for age 13 years and above. We are hoping to do more that are suitable for young people in the new year.
Where do the workshops take place?
Our workshops now take place at our new studio is 2nd Floor, 249 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 4QE. Please note there are four steps down to reach our lifts that take you to our studio. We are working on bringing our workshops to more accessible venues.
We also work in partnership with The Gate, Glasgow on the Gallowgate using their back area (which has two small steps).
We can also bring our workshops to you if you have a suitable space in mind.
If you have issues with stairs then will look to find an accessible venue - let us know in advance if you have any accessibility needs.
How long do Workshops run for?
Workshops normally last for approximately 2-2.5 hours depending on numbers and the workshop.
We are now based in the city centre on West George Street across from Blytheswood Square, there is on street paid for parking or we are within walking distance of Queen Street, Charing Cross and Central Stations and just 5 minutes from Buchanan Street Underground.
I've got a voucher or was booked into one of the postponed workshops, how do I rebook?
Just drop us an email with your preferred workshop date and we'll get you booked in - firstname.lastname@example.org
In terms of Covid measures, if you are feeling ill at all or have tested positive please postpone attending - it isn’t a problem to reorganise for you.
What do I need to bring to a workshop?
Your fabric needs to be at least the following dimensions 820mm wide x 255mm (you will see approx. 200mm of your fabric height on your lamp) but we suggest that it is at least 0.5 metres long, particularly if you have a pattern as it give you an allowance to position your fabric on the shade. This is for a 25cm Lampshade which is the most comment one we use in the workshops.
Also a bottle of your choice as long as the neck of the bottle is between 17mm to 19mm – which is fairly standard for most boozy bottles.
A bag to carry you lamp safely home in!
Arm Knitting - just a big bag to carry your blanket home in!
Where can I find fabric for the workshop?
We try to practice what we preach when it comes to sourcing our fabrics, so supporting local small business here in Scotland – although occasionally we seek out other small business in other parts of the world if we can’t find exactly what we are looking for here!
Below is some of our favourites.
Our most local fabric shop and they now have an online shop too.
171-177 London Rd, Glasgow, G1 5BX
134 Renfrew St, Glasgow G3 6ST
Although we don’t recommend that you use Harris Tweed for your first Lampshade as the thickness of the fabric makes it slightly more difficult to work with – it isn’t impossible and we’ve had participants make lovely lampshades using tweeds before.
Here are some of the weavers that we buy direct from who are actually on the Isle of Lewis & Harris – many of their tweeds are available in limited quantities which makes it all a bit more special.
Crotal Harris Tweed - https://www.crotalharristweed.co.uk/shop
Christina’s Harris Tweed - https://www.christinasharristweed.com/
Harris Tweed Isle of Harris - https://www.harristweedisleofharris.co.uk/
Westend Cottage Tweeds - https://www.facebook.com/westendcottagetweeds
Can you do workshops for private groups or in other venues?
Yes and yes - if you want to book in for a special event such as a Hen Party, Special Birthdays, Work Nights or any other occasions just drop us a email to email@example.com to check for dates and available. We do a discount on full price tickets for groups over 6 people.
We can run these from our studio or another suitable venue or we can also do home parties. All we need is enough table space and seats for your group.