There was only one person working while I was there but there was a wonderful atmosphere walking around the gallery and looking down onto the workspace. The large groups of cones were so inspiring and I would have loved to have scooped up the waste to use in my own weaving. I wonder if they would have missed a cone or two? Sadly I would have had to abseil down to snaffle one.
At the empty looms it was possible to see the cartoons and preparations made for the tapestries.
These bunches are used to test out the colours and blends in an approximation to how they will look in a piece of work.
This exhibition piece seems particularly relevant these days. Regrettably my phone didn't capture the maker's name.
Down the staircase was a large weaving made as a site-specific project.
I was really tired by the time I got to the studios but the visit was stimulating and well worth the effort. If you're in Edinburgh and in any way interested in weaving or tapestry it is well worth going. The building has its own beauty and while it hasn't been a tapestry studio for many years it has a great sense of history and is a beautiful building in its own right. Until 1 July there is an exhibition in the gallery focussing on the apprentices of the studio. It was interesting to see how some techniques had evolved over the decades.
The photos are all from my phone so apologies if they are not clear.
Back soon with more Edinburgh sights and a visit to the Rosslyn Chapel.