Discover Arts, Crafts, Textiles & Galleries in The Scottish Borders
The Scottish Borders has some fantastically talented artists, craftsmen & designers. There over 80 galleries and exhibitions waiting to welcome you! Great opportunities to take home more than just memories!
Textiles - woven into the very fabric of the Borders!
Textiles in The Borders range from local to international.
To start with the very local! If you are passionate about needlework, quilting and possibly giraffes – you must visit Louise Whittle at The Wonky Giraffe in Kelso!
The Borders Mill near Duns processes single fleeces to whole flocks! They have a small shop at the mill, it’s best to contact them before you visit.
Discover Sheila’s delightful Cashmere and Art Shop tucked away in the hills near Hawick at Wiltonburn Farm
Whistlebare, near Berwick is a must for lovers of quality yarn from Angora goats and Wensleydale sheep.
Lindsay hand-spins yarn to use in stitchery and collages, in wonderfully vibrant colours. Lindsay also runs stitching courses.
Eribe is an inspirational knitwear design house and manufacturer, based in the Scottish Borders. A cottage industry which has gone global, from Melrose! You can visit their showroom on Dingleton Road.
‘Famously Hawick ‘- the Cashmere, Tweed and Whisky Town. Hawick is the ‘Home of Tweed’ Visit some of the best cashmere and knitwear producers in the world today, and the first whisky distillery to open in the Scottish Borders since 1837. Famously Hawick walking tours are coming soon…
Hawico – Cashmere can be found in Kelso too!
Lochcarron of Scotland – manufacture prestigious woven fabrics, exclusive knitwear, contemporary accessories & bespoke highlander wear, designed & made in the Scottish Border towns of Selkirk, Hawick & Langholm.
The Great Tapestry of Scotland in Galashiels is amazing! ”Discover 420 million years of Scotland’s history, heritage, innovations and culture with the Great Tapestry of Scotland. You can also enjoy the globally transformational true stories of the stitchers who created the tapestry.”
Artists & Designers
Kelso Pottery in The Knowes, Kelso – Ian is a delight – it’s a treat to meet him & see his fascinating pottery!
Kinsman – Blake Gallery If you would like to visit a working artist’s studio and gallery nearby in Smailholm – Linda and Robin will be very happy to welcome you!
Lizzie McCorquodale – spectacular sea-scapes and much more!
Samieston Ceramics – Clair’s creativity is in contemporary decorative ceramics.
Rob Elliot’s stunning crafted Elm furniture in Selkirk.
Pioneers of the studio glass movement in Scotland at Lindean Mill, on the road between Selkirk and Galashiels
Holmes Glass in Selkirk Peter and Andrew Holmes use the ancient skills of glass making, producing fine quality, unique pieces to treasure.
Joanna Thomson Jewellery – just outside Peebles
The Wood Neuk at The Steading, Blainslie, grew out of ‘Tim Stead Furniture’ where David and Ross have 38 years of experience creating fine sculptural furniture, guided by the designs of the renowned late sculptor and artist Tim Stead.
A good news story from 2021 was the success of The Tim Stead Trust to raise enough funds to buy The Steading at Blainslie. So Tim’s legacy lives on and the extraordinary work in his home can be shared. We look forward to The Steading opening. Follow the trusts news.
Allanbanks Arts for courses, workshops and opportunities for learners of all ages and abilities from beginners to professional artists and teachers….perhaps you would like to join a course and stay at Hendersyde?
Collections and Galleries
Harestanes, near Ancrum, offers some thing for every-one! Harestanes Glass Studio, Mary’s Ice Cream Parlour, Out There Artisan cafe and eco-shop, and Buy Design an eclectic mix of quality arts, crafts and designs. A great playground for children, sandpit and draughts in the courtyard; walks through the woods and up to the Waterloo Monument, at Peniel Heugh on a clear day has breath taking 360 degree views.
An inspiring cooperative The Crafters in Melrose, display many media, from striking glass to designer clothes and hand bags!
Real Wood Studios – is a co-operative of furniture designer-makers based near Jedburgh. From the inspiring woodland setting of Monteviot Nurseries, the designer-makers create unique, hand-crafted furniture and wood works.
The Flat Cat Gallery at Lauder constantly changing exhibitions & just the place for a bite to eat!
Solo Gallery in Innerleithen offers a range of contemporary arts
The Gallery Melrose exhibits quality art work and gifts.
Moy Mackay Gallery in Peebles, visit the gallery or buy online.
Mary Ann Rogers Gallery, West Woodburn, Hexham. “The quick and lively work of Mary Ann Rogers is a real treat… her animals are depicted with a spine-tingling and inspiring virtuosity… she achieves a sense of oriental delicacy of touch which defies description.” Scotsman