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Create ‘The Cowal Tweed’ for the reborn Dunoon Burgh Hall

This is a typically inventive initiative from Dunoon Burgh Hall – now into the exciting process of physical regeneration thanks to the inestimably philanthropic and business-savvy  McAslan family and endless fundraising by the Burgh Hall team.

They wants to see The Cowal Tweed created in time to mark the full return to community service of the revised and newly resourced facility of Dunoon’s famous historic building.

On 6th and 7th November – OR 13th and 14th November and from 10.20-15.30 in either case  artist, Sandi Kiehlman is leading free design sessions – open to everyone interested – at Dunoon Burgh Hall’s pop up gallery in 33 Argyll Street in Dunoon.

Both two day sessions are taking place – and everyone interested is invited to choose the one they are free to attend.

Tweed on loom copy‘The Cowal Tweed’ is to be inspired by the colours and textures of the Cowal landscape. It will be woven by Harris Tweed weaver, Rebecca Hutton, at her weaving shed in Northton on Harris. The Burgh Hall and Dunoon Arts teams are very keen for everyone interested to have the opportunity to contribute to the design of the cloth.

This session and we invite you to participate in discussion and drawing workshops and to try weaving on a small table loom.

The two day workshops will be informal and everyone present will participate in discussion and drawing workshops –  and try weaving on a small table loom.

Weather permitting, short local drawing field trips could be planned as a group, otherwise participants can work from images of the local landscape.  A range of art materials will be provided, chalk and oil pastels, coloured pencils, acrylics, watercolours, inks and paper.  Eveyone is also welcome to bring their own materials.

Saturday 21st November – talk by weaver Rebecca Hutton

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On Saturday 21st November at the Pop Up Gallery at 33 Argyll Street, the woman who will weave The Cowal Tweed,  Rebecca Hutton, will give a public talk about her own weaving. Then she will meet with the participants at Sandi Kielhman’s workshops to discuss their drawings and ideas and advise on a final design for The Cowal Tweed.

She will weave the cloth over the winter and early next spring, 2016, ready to be made into seat covers and cushions by local textile groups for the refurbished Dunoon Burgh Hall.

Spaces on the two workshops are, understandably, strictly limited.

Everyone interested should waste no time in booking a place through Jenny Hunter – by email:

Tea and coffee will be available throughout each day of each session. Peopple coming are asked to bring your own lunch [and warm clothes].

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