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Full Kilt Making Course

10 to 12 day introductory course

A 10 to 12 day course (including homework) for £800 per head for fll one to one tuition, course folder and worksheets and the use of equipment. This can be done in a block or spread over mutually agreed days.

Additional cost to purchase for an adult kilt – 8 to 10 yards of tartan approximately £200 to £300 depending on amount and the choice of tartan plus canvasses; lining; leather straps, chapes & sporran loops; buckles; use of materials and equipment etc. £30. You can purchase any kilt making equipment that you want to keep.

In this time, you will aim to make the hand tailored traditional kilt that will be an heirloom. The 10 to 12 days can be arranged to suit circumstances and availability.

To provide the necessary continuous learning support, we also have masterclasses and an established learning set where kilt makers meet together, Skype, network, share best practice and inspire each other.

Masterclasses: £80 per day (10 am to 4.30pm). £25 per evening (7 to 9pm) £40 per afternoon (1pm to 4.30pm)

Learning set: £30 per day, £15 per evening (7 to 9pm)

The days runs from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., with a short break for lunch.
Cost: £60 for per day which includes use of equipment. Equipment can be purchased.

Cost of cloth varies depending on type and size.

All aspects of the kilt making process are covered – from taking measurements, planning and calculating the pleating, marking out, to the final press and finishing. There has to be personal coaching and therefore a workshop is limited to six people.

Car parking and wheelchair access available.

Accommodation can be arranged for those from afar.


I spent a wonderful two weeks this October making a kilt at Askival for my sons 21st. Marion is welcoming and keen to share her expert knowledge of kilt making and make it accessible to novices like me. A beautiful location and work space – so peaceful and calm. Better for the soul than going on a retreat – and you get a beautiful kilt at the end!

Janet Dutch

Working under Marion’s tutelage was a hugely rewarding and enriching experience.

She is a patient and insightful teacher, generous in sharing her knowledge and skills in the art of kilt making. Marion’s love of the craft infuses her work, and I found her to be an inspiring and entertaining teacher and work companion.

I came away from Marion’s masterclass with a much deeper understanding of our craft, in both technique and history, confident that I’d been taught by a master.

Lesley Thornton