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 15 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 mainly take place in our studio in the Bridgeton area of Glasgow, our studio is located on the first floor Park Lane House, on Broad Street which is a shared office building with loads of other fab businesses.
We can also bring our workshops to you if you have a suitable space in mind.
Unfortunately we do not have access to the life for our Evening and Weekend workshops but if you have issues with stairs then we can enquire about using a ground floor meeting room which is accessible - 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.
How are your workings working with the COVID restrictions?
We have reduced our numbers from 10-12 people per workshop to, maximum of 6 people from two households at this time inline with guidance from the Scottish Government. We have hand sanitiser at the entrance of the building, and also in the studio. We can cleaning down all equipment, work stations and other touch points at the studio after each workshop.
We ask that you wear a mask if you are able when moving round the building and studio, but can take them off once you are at you work station as you are stationery at this point and we have refreshments available.
If you are feeling ill, we ask that you don't attend and we will happily reschedule the session no matter the time.
I've got a voucher or was booked into one of the postponed workshops, how do I rebook?
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, all vouchers or bookings are valid until December 2021 - which we will extend further if required. If you wish to rebook into a session, then please complete our online form and Jennifer will be in touch! https://forms.gle/kKTSGBWQ8C53KNan9
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?
Sources of Fabric
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