Alpaca Fibre and what to do with it .

Hand felted Alpaca fibres . Ideas for uses of Alpaca and dyeing this beautiful fibre

Print to Dye Day Workshop May 18th 10am-5pm

A taster day of Botanical Printing, plant Dyeing . Create on silk jersey for a unique a to wear. A returning visiting student would like to share this workshop and cost with up to 3 other people. This is a one of workshop opportunity. We do have Airbnb accommodation if needed.

Not just a textile studio but a learning centre

Microbial Makeover may seem like a strange title for a workshop but creating food options by fermenting but just like fermenting natural Indigo pigment and cooking colour for our wools , this is part of our chosen life style. I had the pleasure of attending a workshop with the excellent tutors Tasha Alison and Dr … Continued

Workshops for 2019 at Heartfelt Studio

some exciting ideas for workshops for 2019 at Heartfelt Studio

October blows in her inspiring colour ways

What a vibrant time of the year in Argyll. the deer grass is developing its rich golden red hues but in my garden colour abounds . It is always a time of panic , gathering leaves and saving them by drying for future dark winter nights. The alchemy of Botanical printing is a little magical … Continued

Botanical printing workshops coming up October 2018

There has been a long wait for our new series of workshops here at Heartfelt Studio. The successful 3 day full immersion in the subject is a perfect way to learn for the first time or push your skill levels . We will have one  opportunity to take part in these   Our weekend dates … Continued

Workshop Silk Painting Tuesday March 20th with Emma McGrigor

Heartfelt Studio is delighted to have Emma teach her skill in 2018. From her home on a hill farm on the west coast of Scotland artist Emma McGrigor is creating the most exquisite personalised silk painted heirlooms of the future Originally inspired by samplers of the 18th and 19th centuries, the paintings depict all manner … Continued

Workshop Botanical Printing ,Natural Dyeing April 21st ,22nd and 23rd

Natural Dyeing and Botanical Printing Workshop TutorNatural Dyeing and Botanical Printing Workshop Tutor Liz Gaffney Whaite April 21st ,22nd and 23rd Learn about creating colour from the plants that surround us here at the station and how plants can imprint their image on fabrics and papers. Each day the adventure begins at 10am and the … Continued

Workshop Design your own lampshade with interior designer Gina Lillycrop Saturday afternoon March 17th 2pm-4.30pm

With my 13 years of lampshade making experience ,this workshop will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to make wrinkle free, correctly fitted, professional looking lampshades for your own home. Feel free to bring your own fabrics, or chose from a range of fabrics supplied on the day. Or use your marbled … Continued

Workshop Marvellous Marbling Saturday Morning March 17th 10am-12.30

Gina Lillycrop Lawson has worked with Heartfelt Studio and Dalmally Station for nearly 15 years . Gina creates the interior design work on the fabrics at the stations accommodation and has been Lizs side kick with the ongoing commission for the Highgrove Floriligilium as well as many design collaborations here at Heartfelt Studio. She runs … Continued

2017 last years workshop Textile Thursdays Workshops August 10th, 17th, 31st and September 7th- Mornings 10am-1pm

We have been very busy during these last few months but as promised here are a little series of morning workshops. Planned to fit in with the train schedule from Glasgow and from Oban to arrive on time to start at 10 and finish on time to catch the 12.50 train to Glasgow or Oban…perfect … Continued

Botanical printing workshops by Heartfelt Studio 2017

What a year for learning . With a range of workshops up and around Scotland , the desire to learn this wonderful skill of Botanical imprinting – sometimes called Eco Printing, has shown to be very popular. People are keen to reconnect with the natural world around them. With the new Airbnb facilities here at … Continued

June Workshop (7th) Beginning Imprint dyeing on fabric – eco dyeing

A  workshop day on imprint dyeing on fabric . This can be a natural lead on from our previous days workshop (TUESDAY JUNE 6TH IMPRINT DYEING ON PAPER – ECO DYEING IN A DAY (there is a cost reduction for attending both days)) or A one day workshop experience  using fabrics including inspirational ideas on recycling … Continued

June Workshop (6th) Imprint dyeing on paper – eco dyeing in a day

A stand alone workshop on imprint dyeing on paper or it can be coupled with Wednesdays workshop to learn a wider range of base materials to print onto. This one day workshop will give you a taste of imprint dyeing, living plant patterns onto various papers. Learn the techniques that makes this very natural form … Continued

May Imprint dyeing workshop (eco dyeing) Ardnamurchan 2017

Imprints of Scotland Eco dyeing residential 3 day workshop at the The Ariundle Centre in Strontian : May 15, 16 and 17 2017[metaslider id=3405] The course fee of £550 includes 5 nights accommodation (including overnight on May 14th and May 18th), 3 full days of Tuition, materials and equipment, as well as all meals and … Continued

Felt connects with nature at KIlchoan

It was a great pleasure for me to teach the tiny school at Kilchoan the joy and surprise of felt making. [metaslider id=3431] My learning increased dramatically about the life and hardships facing our fresh water mussels. Thought the Lochabers Fishery trust educating through art took a whole new direction . With the enthusiastic team … Continued

Out and about with Heartfelt during the month of November

We have had a great opportunity to make the best of the Autumnal leaf fall and have created some beautiful new work. Apart from visiting us here at the Studio we will be at several venues through this month. Sunday 13th November The Tree Shop garden Centre ,Cairndow 11.00-16.00 Saturday 19th November Glasgow Christmas Fair … Continued

November 2016: Morning Taster Workshops

November 2016 : Taster Workshops : Thursday am fun : – 10 am-12.30 pm These  taster mornings are a great opportunity to upgrade your existing skills or learn totally new ones . There will be new ideas and approaches to some tradition crafts. £25 per session inclusive of all materials and notes. Thursday 3rd Nov … Continued

October Workshop (Saturday 29th) Over-dyeing coloured fleece

Many of our Scottish breeds have more than one colour in them and it often comes as a surprise that it is possible not only to dye but to create a myriad of tones and shades by using a darker fibre to begin with. These pieces of fieldwork are by Jennifer Alexander  showing the beautiful colour … Continued

Oct – Dec : Christmas Craft workshops for Marys Meals Tuesdays 10am-12.30pm

Beginning October 25th for 6 consecutive weeks from 10am-12.30pm This workshop led by Dorothy and the team of crafters from North Connel who  create a range of recycled craft goods they sell to raise funds for Marys Meals all year round. Talented ladies in many fields of crafts they have teamed up with heartfelt by … Continued

October Workshop (1st) The Healing Promise of Qi with Susan Coon

This planned workshop has been post poned to a futue date due to unforeseen circumstance . We hope to run it again in early 2017 , please email us if you would like more information …. Suse will be teaching various workshops in the Tarbert area , contact her for more details. Suse has been … Continued

October Workshop (15th / 16th) : Felt Slipper weekend

Weekend workshop on October 15th / 16th 2016 A weekend to indulge in the pleasure of felt making and to create a cosy pair of slippers for the cold Winter ahead. I have made slippers for 20 years and learned much on that journey. I am delighted to offer a workshop in this skill to … Continued

October workshop (8th / 9th) : Felted hats and headwear

Weekend workshop on Saturday / Sunday 8th / 9th October 2016 Wonderful weekend to learn about creating hats and head wear from felt and other materials. You will learn how to size your head and draw up patterns including shrinkage rates relative to your wool and layering. You will create your own resists and templates … Continued

September Workshop (4th) : Felted Fleeces from local sources

Full day workshop on Sunday 4th September 2016 This is a very popular workshop which allows you to choose and design your own felted fleece. This fleece can be felted using the ‘wool skin technique’ into a rug or a collar or wrap over. Learn about different sheep breeds and their distinctive wools Learn about … Continued

July Workshop : A little more time to develop design

Often workshops are quick tasters of the process of felt making but this weekend workshop allowed more creative time to scale up ideas. We worked in pastels to get the harmony of the wool blending  when it felts. The number of students was limited to allow a large work area and lots of tutor attention. … Continued

June 2016 Workshop : Mid Argyll SWRI group : needle felting landscapes workshop

The SWRI group had a great day away at Dalmally Railway Station. My fanciful idea about working in the June sunshine didn’t come to fruition as it rained most of the day . We surrounded ourselves in colourful wool and focused on learning a lot of new skills through demonstration and examples of my work. … Continued

Finding my Textile Soul in Azanza

New discoveries of what plants make what marks          Wonderful investigation of new discoveries Words can not aptly embrace the joy and creative energy in partaking in this special event. It took 9 months of incubation and constant work of passionate textile people , across literally the world, to create this very … Continued

June Workshop (11-12th) : Woven fabrics and felted wool vests and waistcoats

This weekend workshop will allow you to explore many techniques of felt making and pattern construction in felt. I have been creating bespoke waistcoats and and vests for many years and would like to share the process of creating these a unique garment for yourself. Learn how to size and shape, design and colour plan. … Continued

Sharing Skills at the Station

What a joyful day this Aprils weave share was. Glorious sunshine helped but it was the pleasure of sharing skills that brought such happiness to the station . We had some new visitors to the share day and a surprising drop in from a delightful American couple who called in after seeing the station featured … Continued

August Workshop (20th -21st) : Creative adventures in wool

Weekend workshop on Saturday / Sunday 20th / 21st August 2016 Have you ever wanted time to focus and concentrate on your work and create something from wool that is uniquely you? We have a wonderful environment in our Studio to do exactly that. We are inviting 6 people who wish to develop their skills by being … Continued

July Workshop (2nd/3rd) : Felted floor rugs and wall hangings

Weekend workshop on July 2nd / 3rd 2016 A large piece of handmade felt, designed personally, is a lifetimes treasure. We would like to give you the knowledge, space  and inspiration to create such a treasure. Our felt rolling machine makes it possible to create a large piece of felt without the physical toll these … Continued

June Workshop (26th) : Imprint dying on fabrics with Scottish plants

Full day workshop on Sunday 26th June 2016 Eco dyeing is a buzz word being used as a new skill but it has been around in many forms for centuries. Knowledge of science and the chemical changes under certain conditions of plant material has allowed this art form to develop beautifully. What can be more … Continued

April Workshop (14th) : Changing the face of Fabric

Full day Workshop on Thursday 14th April 2016. One day workshop on the manipulation of fabrics through felting. Using needle felting and wet felting techniques to create your own length of fabric. We will be using the felt rolling machine to take the hardest physical part of the process. This day will essentially be about … Continued

Felted Greenmen at Heartfelt Studio a great success

This workshop was interesting as the students choose three different methods of creating their 3d sculpted creations. Two chose to work with a green base and built up the fascial features from firmly rolled wool batts for each part of the face . This was done in white base blue faced leicester wool batts – … Continued

April Workshop : Meditative Journal through creative process with Charlott Rodgers

Over the weekend of 2 / 3 April 2016 Charlott Rodgers, glass designer and Iyengar yoga teacher for the RCS in Glasgow will lead a 2 day workshop of creativity and mindfulness which can facilitate the process of design. Using paper making techniques, printing and marbling to create a very personal journal. Each session will include … Continued

March Workshop – Family Felting day

Full day workshop on Thursday 31st March 2016 This is an ideal workshop over the Easter holidays. Why not come to Dalmally Railway Station and have fun at Heartfelt’s Studio. We often run adult and children workshops and what we can learn from one another is amazing. We tailor the workshop to the family size … Continued

March workshop : Landscape painting with wool

Full day Workshop on Sunday 13th March 2016. Who would not be inspired by the stunning landscape of Argyll? The subtle colours of the hills and heather. The strong dominance of the mountain shapes, the variety of rocks, lochs and wildlife. Putting all of this into a harmony of wool is pure joy. You will … Continued

March workshop : Seascapes in wool

Full day Workshop on Saturday 12th March 2016 This workshop involves using a range of felting techniques such as wet felted and needle felting. You will have access to the embellishing machines and the felt rolling machine and learn top tips and techniques to help you design and create your seascapes. Ideal for those who … Continued

February Workshop : 3D sculpting in felt

Full Day Workshop on Friday February 26th 2016 This one day workshop will cover making a 3d shape on a resist using dense fibres breeds to give stability and rigidity to your forms. It is suitable for those who have felted before to challenge your fibre range and your control of those fibres. If you … Continued

February Workshop : Using a needle embellisher in creative ways

Workshop : Friday 5th February : 10am-4pm : Heartfelt Studios, Dalmally Station What is embellishing? Needle felting  with a tool that crosses many textile fields. It looks like a sewing machine and has a range of barbed needles to imbed fabrics together. With this new skill you can create textile patterns and appliqué of textile layering … Continued

January 2 day Workshop Natural Dyeing and Tapestry weaving

Two Day Workshop : 23rd /24th January : Natural Dyeing and tapestry weaving “From the Land to the Cloth” by Ann Ross Two days to immerse yourself in a colourful unfolding of new and old methods of adding colour to cloth and spun fibre. DAY 1 The aim of the workshop is to raise awareness of  the … Continued

January Workshop : Green Man in Felt

See the gorgeous Green Men created in this workshop. If you woild like to learn this please get in touch. Contact form below. Full day workshop on Saturday 16th January 16th Felting in the new year : The Green Man  The new year brings many promises to ourselves, to learn , to try out new skills … Continued

Christmas ideas workshop Sunday 15th Nov

We love Christmas here and felt making is a wonderful way of learning how to make beautiful things. This Sundays workshop will include how to make felted tree decorations that can be cut into multiple shapes using the size die cutters for a start. We will cover how to make wool tree angels and how … Continued

December Workshops 2015

Sunday 6th December  Hats hats hats Create your very special hat in felted wool . Perfect to keep your brain cosy and protected . Learn how to measure and cut your patterns , how to work through a design shape and create a beautiful , unique hat. It is a workshop that will take stamina … Continued

Felted Fleeces the yearly gift of a washable rug from sheep

What a wonderful workshop weekend we had , working hard creating new life to smelly fleeces but mostly creating new friendships and sharing the joy that is so alive in Dalmally Railway Station. Having the orphan lamb have his breakfast on the platform to explain in a living model the parts of the fleece was … Continued

Full on in Fibre this July but what talent!

Holiday Workshop : These two young ladies are so talented , never having wet felted before they took the challenge of creating hand puppets in their chosen animal shapes . Would a two hour session be long enough? The idea was to get the puppet part done in felt and fulled to the size needed … Continued

Fibre Friday 17th July ….Knit 1 Bike 1 comes to visit – from 11am

Janet Renouf Miller has  been such an influential woman in Scotland’s textile history. I ,like many others learned how to spin with Janet as well as crochet and it was at their studio in Loch Doon that I first got sight of how felt was made. She has a lot to be responsible for but … Continued

Heartfelt workshop at Strontian- inspiration in a stunning setting

  Wednesday May 6th Come and join us in a stunning landscape to explore 3d felt making We will be creating hats and tea cosies in the custom built Ariundle Centre. The days workshop will run from 10.30- 4pm and lunch is included. All materials and tools will be supplied in the cost of £55 … Continued

Workshops through Community Education

April has been a busy month for workshops and great fun was had at the two landscape workshops last week in Port Appin and Kilmelford. This week we visit Taynuilt and Oban for two days of hatmaking with wool. [metaslider id=2501]

On the write tracks- Inky Elbows steam into Dalmally Station

The steam was the fervour of the writing on the train and the soft Argyll smirry rain- The group of writers travelled from Ayrshire by train, embarking on an adventure and a day of reflective writing and cake – yes cake was an important part of the the event. Inky Elbows is a Kilmarnock based … Continued

Easter Weekend 2015 at Dalmally Railway Station

We will be open on good Friday, Easter Saturday , Easter Sunday and bank holiday Monday – from 10am – 5pm. Great news our pop up cafe will be providing refreshments over the weekend and there will be some exciting hands on demos on felt making and creating interesting designs with Sizzix cutters. Demonstrations will … Continued

Ways with Nuno Felting Sunday July 5th 2015

This workshop is an experimental day of pushing the boundaries of Nuno felt. Variations of stories about the ‘invention’ of Nuno felting have come from many countries but suffice to say it was developed out of a necessity to have a warm but lightweight garment . The essence of Nuno is to use the warp … Continued

Would you like to learn how to make a willow basket this weekend?

The lovely Kathy Potter-Irwin is coming to Dalmally Station this weekend for a one off workshop on basket making. We have had a couple of late cancellations and have two places available for this magical journey. Phone 01838 200934 or email us on It will be two days of delight from 10am-4pm  

Weave Share Day Thursday 12th February

  From 11am – 4pm we will indulge in all forms of woolliness . Not just weaving  but  spinning , wool preparation and a  whole range of skills to be shared. Drop in and see what is happening or come for the day and bring some food to share. phone or email Liz if you … Continued

Half Day Winter Workshops from 20th January Tuesday mornings 10am-1pm

Our half day workshops were really popular so we have decided to repeat them on Tuesday mornings. Six weeks of fun and creative investigation covering felting, weaving, card making, recycling, needle felting and paper making techniques. Dip into one or two or book all six and save £20: £25 each session or £130 for all … Continued

Weave share day Friday January 23rd 2015

So what is Weave Share Day and why are we getting excited to be kicking off 2015 with new vigour? Weave share day began with a story of ‘I have a loom belonging to my Aunty in my cupboard’. I also had a floor loom I couldn’t quite get my head around warping up and … Continued

Willow Workshop Weekend 21st and 22nd February with Kathy Potter-Irwin

  Kathy Potter -Irwin  is a willow artist with a great understanding of her local environment. The medium of willow grown locally along with several other sustainable hedgerow plants makes her an intriguing artist but her knowledge of her craft and her lovely amenable nature makes her an excellent tutor. This is an opportunity to learn … Continued

Wow – ‘Joy’ is in full swing at Dalmally Station

 What fun and hard work has been done at the station this week  but so worth it to see peoples faces on the trains and visitors to the platform! It is looking like a bright star on a dark sky. Thank to all who have made it possible especially this weekends team . Sandy Cooksley … Continued

Joy Exhibition Dalmally Station December 5th -22nd – Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

To celebrate the joy of making and the delight of what Christmas is all about come and visit Dalmally Railway Station this December.  Refreshments will be available.  Marys Meals will have a nativity scene on the platform. The Posting will have a range of locally made crafts on show. There will be working demonstration of … Continued

Winter Workshops at Dalmally

We still have a few spaces in some of our workshops if you would like to take this opportunity to learn new or update your skills. November 1st Saturday – Natural dyes from native plants by Ann Ross at Dalmally Station – two places left November 16th Sunday – Felt Impressions – wet felting and … Continued

Felt Slippers for cosy toes workshop November 18th 10am-4pm

Join us for an energetic day of feltmaking to achieve your very own slippers to take away .By popular demand we are running this workshop on November 18th. Nothing could be lovelier than creating a cosy pair of slippers to see you through the winter chills or perhaps for a loved one. We have an … Continued

September Workshops

What a wonderful start to the colourful change in this Septembers line up of workshops. We have the talented Sandra Cooksley inspiring new spinners how to access a new craft skill . Our Saturday workshop on the 20th is full and we have made a second date on Sunday 21st. We have just two places … Continued

Felt Impressions workshop with Ann Ross : Sun 16 Nov 2014

This one day “Felt Impressions” workshop by Ann Ross is held on November 16th Sunday 2014 Using inspiration from the Scottish Landscape learn to “draw with fibres” This felting workshop, using dry and wet feltmaking, will provide an opportunity to explore this ancient craft and discover the endless possibilities of working with fibres in a … Continued

Plant Dyeing workshop with Ann Ross : Sat 1st Nov 2014

This One day workshop is on November 1st Saturday Plant Dyeing with Ann Ross – “Colours of Scotland (Scottish coordinator Scottish Feltmakers and the International Feltmakers Association) Natural plant dyes produce an amazing diversity of rich and complex colours as well as unexpected results.  This practical workshop gives you the opportunity to “dabble in dyes” … Continued

Weekend workshop : Seamlessly felted handbags with Liz Gaffney 25 – 26th Oct 2014

Handbags and useful vessels in seamless felt with Liz Gaffney Day one, create your small pouch and learn how to use a resist then sculpting and manipulating your feltwork . Learn how resist patterns work and why the cutting place is so important. Day two, learn about surface decoration and create the perfect bag with … Continued

Full day workshop : Embellish and stitch -creating fabrics : 9th Oct 2014

This exciting workshop will be held on Thursday 9th October Embellish and stitch, burn and slash -create with your stash with Liz Gaffney This workshop focuses on how to manipulate fabrics and fibres to create a whole new unique fabric. It can be a base for stitching into or framed for its own merit. We … Continued

Needle felted seascapes workshop with Liz Gaffney : Sat 4th October 2014

Needle felted seascapes with felting needles and embellisher machines Tutor Liz Gaffney on Saturday October 4th 2014 Using a wide range of fabrics and wool including Harris Tweed, learn how to collage with wool fibres as your glue. The embellishing machine opens another world of possibilities in creating panels of textured detail. Often using upcycled … Continued

Geoff Forrest workshop : Willow sculpture Herons : Sept 27 -28 2014

This workshop will be over the weekend of September 27th and 28th Inspired by the Dalmally station heron, this two day course will take you through the knowledge of working with willow in a sculptural form. You will create your own sculpture to be used indoor or outdoors. Sustainable Designs, Sustainable Crafts was set up by Geoff Forrest to promote the … Continued

Learn to Spin workshop with Sandy Cooksley of Ewe-nique : Sept 20 2014

This great workshop will be on September 20th Saturday 2014 Due to the popularity of this workshop Sandra is kindly doing two days . There are two places left for Sunday 21st if you would like to learn to spin- there will be some spare wheels available to use. Sandy is a knitter and spinner … Continued

Felt flights of fancy workshop

What a busy weekend but delightful company of keen feltmakers who worked hard and achieved some amazing results. We had a mixed group of skilled feltmakers who were finding time to experiment and feltmakers who had tried one or two methods of feltmaking and we had some that were very new to feltmaking. The sharing … Continued

Colour is life

A simple statement perhaps but within , many truths. Living colour- colour that comes from growing plants around us- alive on the fabric it bites into. The more I use the plants around me the more connected I feel with this beautiful landscape. There have been many recent workshops here on natural dying and each … Continued

Felt Flights of Fancy -2 day workshop May 24th and 25th

Felt Flights of Fancy weekend . This workshop is fully booked but we will be doing lots more 2 day events in the Autumn and Winter Looking to use feltmaking as an inventive art medium ? Would you like to discover the wide range of feltmaking techniques from Nuno felting to using an embellisher machine? … Continued

Natural Plant dye workshop

[metaslider id=”1624″] This weekends dying workshop was a great experience of what we have to hand that can be used to dye a range of fabrics and wools with great effect. Cutting through the theory of mordant and modifier and lots of hands on ( gloved of course ) practical dying. A workshop like this … Continued

So many exciting ideas come from workshops

March has been such a busy month of workshops and the Creative Stitching show last week was such a great event too. The lovely thing about being prepared to share your skills with others is that they so often share their knowledge with you. Everyone has a skill they go to a workshop with , … Continued

Handbag with Attitude workshop Sunday 16th March

Create your bag own bespoke handbag.                                                        Learn how to design and plan your ideal shape. Working on practical aspects such as ‘ what will my bag carry?’ ‘Do I … Continued

Fine Felt Design Workshop Saturday March 15th

Learn how to control your felt designs using a range of techniques. We will be looking at historical Scottish designs such as Paisley Patterns and celebrating the ‘Sma shot day ‘of the brave Paisley weavers of old. If you would like to learn a little more control of how your designs felt and create a … Continued

Another natural dye workshop- native materials – natural colours of the land Sunday March 30th

After many successful workshop in this topic last year there seems to be a real interest in using the living plant material around us. Sometimes it is the most common of plants that can give the gift of colour to our wools. This is a very experimental workshop where you learn the fundamentals of, mordants … Continued

Community workshops Argyll February to March 2014

  Do you live local to Kilmelford or Dalmally ? Would you like to learn a new craft or update your skills? Click here for more details of this exciting event at Dalmally Creative Crafts Dalmally January 2014 Here is the link to workshops in Kilmelford Creative Crafts Kilmelford January 2014

Christmas Presents – gift tokens for Full and Half Day Workshops

Do you have a friend or family member who loves to learn new craft skills? Here is the perfect Christmas and Birthday Present – a fun filled full or half day in the unique setting at Dalmally Station surrounded by fibre inspiration, other people of a like mind, with experienced tuition and all the materials … Continued

Wednesday Half Day workshops 22nd January – 26th February 2014

1/2 day workshops each week from January 22nd 2014 – Wednesday afternoons 1pm-4pm. Workshop one begins on Jan 22nd and runs right through to 26th Feb. Make the best of the short Winter days with these 3 hourly workshops. Dip into the ones that suit you or book all 6 to get a discount price. … Continued

Full Day Workshop : Natural plant dye day : March 13th 2014

Natural plant dye day This day is now fully booked- please contact us if you are interested as we will run it again over the summer months March 13th 2014 –  Thursday 10am-4pm A play with plant power and the wonderful world of natural available colours . Fee £50 , includes dye material and a … Continued

Full Day Workshop : Dyeing wools with synthetic dyes : February 23rd 2014

Dyeing wools with synthetic dyes. Sunday February 23rd 2014 : 10am-4pm @Dalmally Station This workshops covers such methods as microwave dyeing of wools and silks Rainbow dyeing , shibori and dip dyeing. Bring your old jumpers or your wool stash or dye our silk and wool workshop kit included in your workshop fee of £50 … Continued

Full Day Workshop : Felted slipper day : February 2nd 2014

February  2nd Sunday 2014 : Creating your own felted slippers 10am-4pm @ Dalmally Station, Argyll A physical day awaits each student wishing to create their own bespoke slippers but so worth it to have cosy toes for the rest of the year. Materials and light lunch is included in the fee of £50 for the … Continued

Full Day Workshop : Creating headwear in felted wool : January 26th 2014

Creating headwear in felted wool January  26th 2014  Sunday 10am-4pm @ Dalmally Station, Argyll, Scotland Full day workshop (£50 including materials and a light lunch) Felted wool insulates the body so well against our Scottish Winters. Make your own hat on this one day workshop. Ideal for those who have some knowledge of feltmaking this … Continued

Workshop : Fine Felt and Cobweb felting : October 2013

Great workshop today , fine felt and cobweb felting. Great work ladies . After last weeks work , you have excelled yourself. Just look at what we created

Alpaca Workshop

This workshop was particularly special, bringing alpaca owners together to explore the creative potential of their animals fibre. Check out our flickr album of images of the day

Dalmally Station textile workshop- painting with wool

This weekend was a great indulgent two days of looking at textile techniques to achieve ‘effects’ in felting to create landscapes. Wool and feltmaking is often a wild thing, elusive in its nature to conform to its creators conceived image. This workshop allowed students the time to look at design and technique as the main … Continued

Crafts know no boundaries, language of wool

What a busy time Heartfelt Studio has had over this last month. Behind the scenes there is much development of new ideas and new skills. This month three new artists made their début at Heartfelt Studio. Through networking with international groups we shared a wonderful event here at Dalmally Railway Station. For two whole days 28 Slovak and … Continued

Landscape Felting Workshop

Felt is an amazing media with so much potential for discovery. The workshops where we create pictures and landscapes are always such adventures. Please explore the wonderful images that the workshop attendees  created on the 7th February 2013

Slipper making 2 day workshop November 2nd and 3rd

For 2019 our slipper making workshop is on the 2nd and the 3rd of November – just in time to make a customised pair of cosy wool slippers to keep your feet warm . this workshop will cover creating you template for your own feet ( or a lucky person you might be making them … Continued

Some information about our skilled tutors demonstrating on the platform for the September 14th and 15th felting event

Felting fun weekend Sept 14th and 15th 2019 Ann Ross  Ann Ross has been inspirational to Scottish Feltmakers for many years .  She was the Scottish coordinator for the International Feltmakers Association for ? years and has travelled extensively around the world gathering textile knowledge . She has specialised in recent years in Natural Plant … Continued

Textile Celebration and Felt Fun Weekend September 14th and 15th

We are now finalising this organic event and have our artists and itinerary planned. This is a ‘slow grow’ event – It has grown from the love of fibre and the sharing of that love. We will have more information on the tutors as a separate post Many of the demonstrators have worked in textile … Continued

Late Summers gift of botanical materials- to print -to colour

Growing my own dye and colour plants this year in my new polytunnel and gardens has been a joy . The dehydrating of my surplus crop has filled glass jars of sweet promise for darker winter days but for now fresh and pungent is the daily scent in the Studio here at the Railway Station. … Continued

Glass and Botanicals merge with artist collaboration

Stunning modern glass panels with Victorian twist

Without mordants – golden browns

The colours look so much softer in the photograph . The first dyed fibre with the lighter next dye Lobaria pulmonaria grows profusely in my local area of the Argyll West Coast . Our high rainfall and frequent winds allows me to have plenty of windfall plant material . The dye pot had already been used … Continued

Felting Fun Weekend in the Scottish Highlands 14th and 15th September

A sharing textile event in a unique setting.Heartfelt Studio at Dalmally Railway Station in ArgyllWhy a big event? Heartfelt Studio holds a monthly gathering of textile friends , we weave we spin but as it was a reprieve day for me , we did no felt making! To share the joy that felt making has … Continued

Heartfelt by Liz has been working on a new collaboration Some of the questions people often ask about the process of making felt can be seen here . The website here is just gone active this is delighting my creativity and my sense of play . It has been wonderful working with an artist whom I admired and whose work I sold in my Studio … Continued

December brings snow to the Highlands and the plants to imprint with

What a busy year of planting and , shearing and washing wool to colour it with the amazing plants here at Dalmally Railway Station . The Airbnb visitors really took interest in the whole of the ethos of the station . From the restoration of the rooms to the unusual plant combinations on the platform. … Continued

September and the delights of Highlands colour.

  During the glorious month of August there have been some times free to develop new work even though there have been a whole range of visitors staying at the station and it has been a delight to sell so many lovely things to people who I connect with . When you learn a little of … Continued

Blue bell woods where sheep have roamed – Argyll’s hidden treasures

The colour and vibrance of bluebells in contrast with the lush new growth so long awaited by our local sheep and creatures of Argyll. I love this time of year…busy with lambing and walking the land many times a day makes you aware of the subtle changes . The angelic shape of a lock of … Continued

Legacy of Learning

Lots of my teaching is about small groups , an intimate learning experience. I get to know my students and they get to get a feel of the life and space here at the Studio. There is a calm learning at just the right pace for each individual – I had the pleasure of this … Continued

Spring Printing with plants and natural dyes

Printing with plants and using natural dyes can be a lengthy process Three days is a lot of time to give up to new learning but the students for this workshop were delighted they had set aside the time. The workshop was broken into head and hand times , this means a little of the … Continued

Medieval styled wool wraps- felted fleece to wear

I had the pleasure of teaching some talented artists  this week at the Studio. Like most of the workshops I host there is a specific skill identified .Medieval styled wraps were the chosen aspect of felted fleeces . Using beautiful Shetland wool fleeces and a backing selection of native wools ( Shetland and blue faced … Continued

Botanical Printing in Dornoch

 A trip to the highlands and the lovely Dornoch Firth was a joy and all the preparation was ready to be forged into new knowledge. 13 students were keen to learn about Botanical Printing. Space was tight but everyone worked so well together and brought and shared plant material to supplement what I had brought. … Continued

Spring has Sprung at Dalmally

Spring has come to Dalmally and our Argyll area. I love to walk the fields each day and get to know the sheep over many months and it certainly brings its own joy when they lamb. They become comfortable with your presence and being at ease with you allows a special connection . With this … Continued

Lots of new wool and silk arrived in February

New stock of silks and wool in the Studio Heartfelt Studio has just received an exciting new order of silk and wool for February Silks to create that perfect surface design on your fieldwork. Tussah Silk, Mulberry silk and Throwsters silk to name just a few . We also have a lovely range of evocative … Continued

The winter months can be harsh for wildlife in the Scottish Highlands and sheep are no exception. I love that I have the connection with the materials I use right from basics . with our own flock of sheep and helping neighbours , my knowledge and appreciation for the wool I use has really rocketed … Continued

2017 ….last years workshops -August 27th Sunday Making a start with felt making 10am- 4pm

A full day of fun.       This wonderful opportunity to get a total insight to this skill of felt making in a day of fibre indulgence. Working in a studio with inspirational materials of every sort as well as a huge range of finished creations, it is so easy to make wonderful things. … Continued

The Knitting and Stitching show Edinburgh

What a great 5 days we had at Edinburgh’s Knitting and Stitching Show . Well run and professional in layout , a whole array of delightful treasure suppliers from up and down the country . As everyone knows with textiles , touch is a very important .   The foxgloves steal the show – fairies … Continued

Botanical printing workshop Strontian May 15th – 17th

I visited Kate this week to look at the layout for the eagerly awaited Imprint – Botanical printing workshop. It is only a month now and there are many of the preparations already made for hosting and tutoring this unique event. Once again I was struck by the sheer peaceful beauty of both the Ariundle … Continued

The knitting and Stitching Show Edinburgh Stand E46

Felt making and Botanical imprint dyeing taster sessions . What a lovely way to learn if you would like to invest time and materials on a new skill. Mini workshops at the Knitting and Stitching show are coming up soon . Heartfelt also has stand with a wide range of goods for sale from ‘royal’ … Continued

Glasgow City College Textile Course Workshop visit

[metaslider id=3639]With a lot of preparation from both tutors Fiona and Susan , a date was finally fitted into a hectic time schedule . Today was the day and my prep of fabrics and dye material for this last week would be put to the test. It was to be a taster of mark making … Continued

Weaving wisdom with Sarah Sumsion and a memorable visit

Having visited Sarah during Cowal Open Studio event , I was bowled over by her work and professionalism . From the inspirational design books to the delicate finely woven silk work. Her designs are often a merging of Argyll landscape and hot Indian summer woven in the beautiful setting of her Studio. I suggested our … Continued

Dalmally Share Days Spinning and Weaving 2016-2017

Dalmally Share Days  Dalmally Railway Station has a community based fibre share day We are now in our 3rd year and have recently planned two weekly days to come together and share skills of spinning or weaving. We don’t have a membership charge but we bring food and skills to share. These are the dates … Continued

Felted Fleeces

Felting a full fleece freshly shorn from the sheep is an excellent way of making a stunning rug from wool. In Argyll there are many hardy sheep breeds of small sturdy animals which are well adapted to the windy and wet climate. There wool made not always be super soft but we can always say … Continued

Why Crochet makes me cry.

                                              A strange title for an article, does it frustrate me or upset me ? No nothing of the kind . Today in the post I received a parcel from  dear friend Maria Vesela … Continued

August : Artmap Argyll 2016

We are part of the Artmap Argyll route and Open Studio event happening this August on 26th , 27th 28th and 29th. Artmap Argyll involves a network of wonderful creative artists throughout Argyll. Check out the full list at There will be demonstrations of many crafts over that whole weekend. Heartfelt Studio at Dalmally … Continued

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next Weave Share day : April 21st 2016

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Icelandic connections

What joy wool brings all around the world. The Thingborg wool centre from Selfossi in Iceland celebrated their 25th anniversary in Scotland . Having been part of a Both textile project where some of the group had visited the railway in 2013 and then meeting them again in Slovenia in 2014 as part of a … Continued

Hogmanay, Scottish New Year and a time of reflection

Iconic across the world- Scotland and its New Year celebrations is famed for bagpipes and swinging kilts and consumption of large quantities of Whisky. There are many who don’t celebrate in this way but both would agree it is a time of great reflection. How good or bad the previous year has been – how … Continued

Artmap Argyll Social Saturday 5th December

Interested in finding out more about Artmap Argyll? Want to meet with like minded artists…why not come along this Saturday to Dalmally Station. It is an informal social gathering with a pot luck lunch- bring something to share if you would like to eat with us 12.30 – 4pm  or drop in for a cuppa … Continued

The boys are home !

Argyll is a very beautiful place. It has been a very wet summer and the grass has grown along with the weeds but it has made the growth lush for all the creatures that live here. Superb for natural plant dyeing that we have been doing lots of this past month. Dhuey the orphan lamb … Continued

Imprints of Scotland

A delightful summer play of the lovely dyers plant beds I have created here at Dalmally Station. There is a wealth of ‘weeds’ which grow here profusely  and can be coaxed of their colour pigments. It is known as eco printing or dyeing but it is not a recent discovery but a very ancient way … Continued

Dunfermline art department adventure June 3rd

What a wonderful day , the scent of the vibrant yellow rapeseed flower rippling beneath the strong structural circle of the old gas tower in the fields adjoining the beautiful new Dunfermline High School. From the moment I got to the door and saw the courteousness show by staff and students to me and one … Continued

Working visit to the beautiful Strontian – Ariundel Centre

The mist rolling down the oak woodlands of Strontian has a magic all of its own and I could have just keep walking up the lovely paths into the hills soothed by the sounds of the water bubbling on the hillside, the cuckoos outdoing each other in song and a glimpse of a retreating pine … Continued

International weavers visit

It was a delight to have a group of 16 weavers come and visit the station and the Studio. We demonstrated some cording techniques and how to make lightweight felt to sculpt. There were lots of samples of natural Scottish Dyes both plant and fabrics dyed and some lively discussions were had with lots of … Continued

Weave Share Day April Monday ( yes a Monday this month )27th

This months Weave Share day will be from 11am -4pm  Monday 27th – We had several new faces last month that we hope will join us again. This is an open group for anyone interested in textile skills…it is about sharing a range of skills in not just weaving but spinning and any textile project … Continued

Easter Saturday at Dalmally Station

What fun we had today at Dalmally Station , the tea room serving delicious cakes both on the platform and inside in the ‘pop up’ tea room  Daffodils in pots filled the air with the scent of Spring. What do you do with a gaggle of serious studious students taking time out from their Phds … Continued

Mongolian feltmakers honour Mary Burketts l

On the 6th of March Mongolian friends  met and remembered Mary Burkett’s memorial day in Mongol Ger restuarant in Ulaanbaatar 30  candles were lit  next to  Mary’s photo. Present to celebrate the life of this great lady who is considered to be the U.K’s Mother of Felt making were Dr. Batchuluun,Ayush, Baska. Bayanduuren. Tumuruu and … Continued

Keep Friday 20th March Free- Weave Share and Spin in day

This months Weave Share will include a spinning space so even if weaving is not something you would be interested in seeing or learning -spinning and other wool skills might well be. This is an open event for all to visit for the day 11am-4pm or just pop in for a chat. Bring a project … Continued

Scottish Feltmakers at the SECC 5-8th March IFA stand D02

Ann Ross is Scotland Co-ordinator for feltmaking in Scotland and the back bone of the felt makers stand each year at the SECC. There are a loyal team of assistants that each year give up their free time to share the love of their craft with others. It is tiring, standing talking to people for 4 … Continued

Stand D02 The Stitching, Sewing and Quilting Show , SECC 5th-8th March

The International Feltmakers Association will be on stand D02 this year. Last years event was amazing,-many felters from around the country came to see our demonstrations and seek advice on woolly matters. This years theme is Naturally Native and felted fleeces will feature some of Scotland wonderful breeds of sheep. Demonstration of various felt making … Continued

Topic : Eco Printing

What is eco printing? Eco printing is the process of imprinting living material onto cloth / paper or other surfaces by the alchemy of mordants / tannins and a heating process be that cooking or steaming. The slow method is using the earths heat over a long period of time to ‘cook’ it . In … Continued

Kathy Potter -Irwin basketry at Joy exhibition Sunday 12-4

The very talented local basket maker Kathy Potter- Irwin will be demonstrating her skill here at Dalmally Railway Station this Sunday 21st from 12pm – 4pm. Come and join us

Christmas Joy at Dalmally

Opening Friday Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm this weekend, the Joy exhibition continues to light up the line. The Victorian Tea Room will be open for these three days with light refreshments and a cosy place to chat or try a few rows of our community knitting. Come and join us this weekend or we are … Continued

This weekend at the’ Joy ‘exhibition at Dalmally Station…

Not only will we have the very talented Sally Weaser running mini workshops in polymer clay but we will have Audrey Quinn demonstrating needlefelting . The Posting Room exhibition space is packed with a range of crafts locally made and Heartfelt Studio has a full range of craft materials and feltwork made here at the … Continued

Louise Oppenheimer exhibiting her tapestries at Joy exhibition 5th Dec – 22nd Dec

Textiles are what Heartfelt at Dalmally Station is all about and we are so delighted to have this very talented artist showing her work at our Joy exhibition this December. Louise will have a range of originals and also has many prints and cards for all purses.    Louise is passionate about her work and … Continued

Joy Exhibition 5th Dec -22nd Dec artist Sandra Cooksley of

Sandy Cooklsey is a knitter and spinner.  she loves wool and fibre in all its guises and after moving to the lovely Cowal peninsular decided that she wanted to develop these skills more into her business Ewe-nique. She creates one-off items and  passes on her  passion with demonstrations, classes and workshops at various venues around … Continued

Scottish Feltmakers Summer School 2015

Braeport Community Centre, Dunblane, FK15 0EE Stirlingshire, Scotland Monday 3rd – 7th August, 2015 Daily : 10.00am – 5.00pm ‘Shibori’ – Sampling Day-Workshop with Christine Sinclair An opportunity to explore the fascinating techniques of Japanese Resist-dyeing. ‘Colours of Scotland’ – 2 x 2-Day Plant Dyeing Workshops with Ann Ross Discover the wondrous colours that can … Continued

Joy Exhibition Dec 5th-22nd Carol O Designs

Carol Olson is a lady of double talents – not only is she a London trained jeweller but she has in recent years been developing her textile talents with silk in a very vibrant way. Carol is a fellow LORN member and an active Artmap Argyll member . The beautiful landscape of Argyll certainly influences … Continued

Joy Exhibition Community knit a stitch project December 5th- 22nd

The Community knit a stitch Project by Sandra Cooksley  of Ewenique This project came about because where ever I am I knit.  This results in some wonderful conversations but often leads to why people don’t knit anymore.  And especially if the reason is because they have hand issues I then point out that the new … Continued

Joy Exhibition Artist Charlott Rodgers- glass worker

lace patterns in fused glass Charlott Rodgers who is  based in Glasgow but often frequenting Dalmally Railway Station for inspiration and reflection time in the beautiful landscape here in Argyll She is a glass artist with a background in Applied Arts and Silver smithing. She likes to incorporate her passion for textiles in her glass … Continued

Fasanta 2014 Oban

What an amazing event ! Fasanta this year excelled themselves with choices : The children were catered for at the Atlantis centre and The Corran Halls was alive with activities and visitors were left breathless at the beautiful range of textiles and artefacts at Dunollie  House. .  Well done to all the teams and volunteers … Continued

Scottish Field Article November issue

A wonderful article in this months Scottish Field . Thank you to Michelle McAnally  Woods for the initial contact and a special thanks to the lovely Angus – no not  Angus the dog but Angus the photographer- you have done a lovely job.

Best in the West Inveraray

Thank you to Argyll Business Gateway for the opportunity to show that Heartfelt Studio is one of the ‘Best in the West’ by providing a space for me to show the many thousand of visitors to this dynamic event just what I can offer in skills and unique creations. Best of the West Festival is … Continued

ARTMAP ARGYLL 22nd -25th August 10am-5pm

Heartfelt Studio is taking part this year for the first time in Artmaps Argylls annual Open Studio event. We are excited to open out the area of visits and hopefully inspire a ‘cluster of red dots’ for future events. There is not just a working studio to visit by train- by car or by bus … Continued

Between Two Lines Exhibition

The exhibition will be showing throughout this week and weekend during the Artmap Argyll Open Studio event We would love to welcome you to see some unusual stories and artwork of our beautiful area of Argyll. If it is not possible to make the times we are open , phone and make an arrangement to … Continued

Costumes and contrasts -a personal insight

Contrasts are everywhere in Slovakia… I was  part of the group of Both participants who travelled to Slovakia to join with Icelandic and Slovak textile artists on a very full programme of cultural exchange  and textile technique exchanges. I will over the next month share with you the many experiences and opportunities this visit made … Continued

May Weave Share day – warping on the platform-Sadu weaving introduction

What a wonderful end of weaving season share day today! Such talent in our midst ! A hint of Sadu weaving , a talk that Rhona Crighton will give at Woolfeis in July …more to come on that one. Warping multiple threads with the lovely , down-turn, up-turn movement with the hand that allows the … Continued

Chasing steam

Little did we realise the exciting adventures we would have through our growing passion for not only Dalmally Railway Station but the world that is Railway. The still and meditative day spent in Glasgows University Archive dept looking at the gems of information preserved by the Caledonian Railway Association was such a contrast to the … Continued

What do we do in Dalmally Station?

A question I have often been asked recently. So a little bit about us to give you an insight. I have been making and teaching a wide range of textile skills since 1995. I came to Argyllshire many years ago to teach a course at Kilmartin Glen and fell in love with Argyll. My lovely … Continued

An exchange day with some old friends and some new ones . Arch Network

Arch Network is a Scottish Non Government Organisation promoting learning and development in natural and cultural heritage between Scotland and other European countries. Last year we had a group of Slovakia and Icelandic people come to Scotland and they spent 2 wonderful days in Dalmally Station. What a great time we had and sad were … Continued

The earth shook today…what a long train!

[metaslider id=”1812″] Usually the soft sound of the trains coming in and out of the station in Dalmally don’t disturb the peacefulness of the beautiful surroundings. Todays train took us by surprise…a West Coast tour out for a day trip…Galloping to get my camera I never got a chance to count the carriages of white … Continued

Happy 137 Birthday Dalmally Station

Happy Birthday Dalmally Station There are many birthday treats happening for this delightful Victorian station. This week saw the wonderful Heron fountain repainted in its full glory and the beginnings of a colourful planted base to cheer waiting passengers. This is one of the visual changes visitors can see but the flurry of activity behind … Continued

Do they race them down the track?

Rarely a day goes by without some activity here .Safety on our line is taken very seriously but I couldn’t help stifle a giggle today as these very heavy machines were put on the tracks and the men lined up behind their given machines set off at a trot .Carefully monitored by the watchful eye … Continued

Weave Share Days – most months – free

Weave share days at Heartfelt Studios, Dalmally Station are a free day bringing people together of all experience levels to share their love of weaving (with some spinning and other fibre craft sneaking in) We each bring some lunch, our current projects, learn from each other and have a great day. [metaslider id=1589]

Whats Happening at Dalmally Station?

The station looks a bit different this week! Beneath the green netting a transformation is taking place. The long awaited lead replacement between the Victorian Canopy and the Station building is finally taking place. Apart from replacing the broken panes of glass what does this mean? On any old building the most important thing is … Continued

Stone mad for the love of Lime mortar

[metaslider id=”1659″] Yesterday was a steep learning curve to my skill level. Falling in love with a stone building , I suppose it was inevitable I would need to learn to mortar but I was totally blown away by the in-depth nature and skill involved in the Lime process. I consider myself very fortunate to … Continued

Lime mortar pointing skills

It will be a change for me to be at the other side of the teachers chair this weekend. I am off to upgrade my skills on lime mortar pointing…what’s that? Read more about it at the Scottish expert centre, there is a lot more to this technique , amazing history of craftsmanship. Great that … Continued

Share weave days news for Spring

Dalmally Station Spring 2014   The Weave Share days at Heartfelt Studio , Dalmally Railway Station have been a great success and we are keen to develop the friendships and skills this ‘open house’ has achieved in the short time we have been having the monthly get together. The idea has been a very simple … Continued

Extreme Gardening at Dalmally Station !

 Monday dawned a fresh Spring morning  and the gift by a local train user to the station of a lovely big rhododendron plant  that had outgrown his garden…where to put it?I wanted everyone to enjoy the delightful colour and form and although a quick planting session was planned …10 hours later , with pickaxe and … Continued

Weaving Share Day March

What a day of fun and laughter and yes some hard work done too. Three looms warped and ready to go- Triangular trials on a new shape of loom . The lovely hand crafted loom by Don and his sharing of the first woven piece off the loom was indeed a high point. Yes as … Continued

100 years ago at Dalmally Railway Station

Today is a very special day in a new calendar of Dalmally Station. Dalmally Station Stories begins today with a very special Station Master from 1905 – 1914 when 100 years today George Dawson died. We would like to commemorate his time as Station Master of Dalmally Railway Station. George Dawson died at 59 of … Continued

Scottish Feltmakers Summer School

Date: Tuesday, August 5th – Friday, 8th August, 2014 Venue: Braeport Centre, Dunblane, FK15 0EE  Stirlingshire Duration: Tuesday – Friday (10.00am – 5.00pm, with breaks for Coffee in morning, Lunch (Bring your own) at 12.30, and Tea at 4.00pm) Accommodation if required: Self-catering, single en suite B&B available nearby at Stirling University, £50.50 per night … Continued

Happy St David’s Day

and if you did not get yourself a beautiful felted Daffodil for this St David’s Day you can always give one to a loved one for Easter.

Blending a world of colour to paint with wool at the SECC Creative Stitches show stand ZF12

Heartfelt by Liz has a range of drum carders that are used at Dalmally Railway Station in Argyll that combine local fibres and commercial coloured quality wool. This range of blended fibres can make instant picture bases that can be used if you enjoy wet felting or needle felting. Many other textile crafters use these … Continued

Felt Slipper workshop

[metaslider id=1197] Great workshop today with a very talented bunch of students. Very brave to attempt to make slippers in a days workshop never having felted before and what an amazing days work everyone put in. Even the beckon of lunch and cake could hardly drag them from their creations. It was hard work and … Continued

Ardanaiseig Hotel Wedding Fayre Sunday 2nd March 2014

  Set in this beautiful hotel, it is not surprising that Ardanaiseig was crowned Intimate Wedding Venue of the Year (2011 & 2012) .  Nestled within magical wooded gardens on the banks of Loch Awe, the hotel offers an undeniably romantic setting for an unforgettable, intimate wedding. Heartfelt Studio will have a selection of their bespoke … Continued

Hatmaking workshop

[metaslider id=1188] The mad hatters were busy at Dalmally Station but what a productive day ! Everyone achieved a hat to be proud of wearing and ideal for this weather . The home made bread and soup lunch was much appreciated by the busy feltmakers, Well done  everyone

Weave Share day at Dalmally Station

[metaslider id=1151] What a great day we had yesterday at Heartfelt Studio. The warmth of  the people sharing a new skill certainly made up for any winter cold outside. Of course the fantastic food brought to share went down a treat and we can see that many of the weavers have other  skills gratefully appreciated … Continued

What to do with Alpaca Fibre

This was a great experimental day for a local alpaca breeder. Having the use of the large electric carder made short work of carding the alpaca fibre ready to be made into felted garments. Lots of ideas and trials worked into two very different toasty warm neck wraps. The quality of the colours varied but … Continued

Books and References : Dalmally Station

We are slowly adding books and references to our small archive here at the station. This will be available for visitors to view here. We are keen to add to this if you have anything you can donate for others to share. Are there magazine articles you know about the Callander and Oban Line? We … Continued

Doggie Dawdles

Angus the curious stick and stone loving dog leads my forays into the wild places. I know how fortunate I am to have such beauty to inspire my work. The colours and the light is dramatic and very changeable in the Scottish Highlands.

Scottish Feltmakers Dunblane Jan 2014

  Sunday spent working with the Scottish Felters replacing the background fabric for the Scottish Heritage panels, ready for this year’s outings at Barony Centre, West Kilbride and Tower House Museum, Hawick. In the afternoon, Ewa showed them some of the exciting ways of manipulating digital imagery and transfer printing on to felt. Phew!!!!! A … Continued

Rainbow stones

[metaslider id=”1014″]  Wee Manie was a gently soul. 14 years for a troll may not seem long and we treasure the years he travelled with The Scottish Storytelling Yurt. His somewhat fearful features and large frame ( almost 4ft standing straight ) was a sight to behold for many of the communities around Scotland where … Continued

Time is speeding toward the next workshop

A lot goes on in the background of a Studio for workshop preparation. There are samples to prepare , notes to write up , photo to gather and making sure all the materials needed for a successful workshop are in stock. Wednesday 22nd January is not far away and if you are interested in learning … Continued

Scottish Feltmakers New Year newsletter

A Guid New Year to one and all!!  As you will see a busy year ahead for us all!  Please read through the diary notes and jot down particular  dates in YOUR  OWN  DIARY  as soon as possible.  Hoping many of you will make it to Dunblane next Sunday 12th January.  This will be an … Continued

The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society

THE RAILWAY CORRESPONDENCE AND TRAVEL SOCIETY The RCTS is Britain’s leading organisation for people interested in all aspects of railways past, present and future and is highly regarded by both professional railway people and enthusiasts, a position it has held since its formation over 75 years ago. Secretary Richard Thorburn 0131 623 3137 Mobile: 07774 … Continued

Felt fantastic Exhibition – submissions invited.

Scottish Feltmakers news – 13/11/2013 “Felt Fantastic” Exhibition at Barony Centre, West Kilbride – 25th April – 29th June, 2014 As this is our first exhibition in this prestigious venue, you can submit work that has been shown before As ever, select your best work to ensure that the overall effect is of the highest … Continued

Blast from the past

Liz Gaffney, a member of Feltmakers Ireland living in Scotland, had worked on the felt “props” for this charming ad for Robinsons drinks. “The new advert for Robinsons natural fruit juice is currently showing on television (in the UK). Working with Justin Wilson at Justin Illusions Studio in Ayrshire, Heartfelt (Liz’s business – see … Continued

Tweet tweet

News is going round fast about Heartfelt, we are being twittered about. Thanks Shop Scotland, looking forward to a great year with you on line. Shop Scotland ‏@Shop_Scotland1h Discover stunning new businesses this year. Textiles & homewares incl @rhubarbginger @fiadhscotland @HeartfeltbyLiz   Retweeted by Scottish slate gift

Studio opens for 2014 – an exciting year ahead.

Today at the Studio, if you would like to come and visit, I will be blending wool on the lovely electric Duncan carder, making a riot of colour ways for my first plan…   Rainbow stones! curious ? come and see what is going on, the kettle’s always on and the welcome is warm! The … Continued

Felted Wraps 2016/2017

Heartfelt Online Shop : Wraps :  Wraps 2016/2017 For a touch of luxury and something delightful to add to your wardrobe, this elegant wrap will steal the show. It is hand made from the finest British and merino wools, hand felted onto a fabric panel, to envelope you in softness.. The metallised silk chiffon fabric … Continued

Felted Wraps 2016/2017

Unique, Flattering, Flowing, and Fun… Felt wraps are one of the signature creations from Heartfelt by Liz. Liz uses natural native British wools, along with silks and other materials, to create these wonderful garments that you will want to find excuses to wear. Each of these featured wraps can be made to order – or … Continued

Joyous new year

2013 has been a year of many joyous occasions here at Heartfelt Studio. We flipped the Studio around and it seems now like we always had our open doors on the station platform side. We have had many exciting and interesting students from all over the world and have had a range of experienced tutors … Continued

Commission felted footwear

You can now commission your own bespoke design in felted footwear.  Prices will vary depending on your design and from season to season. Let your imagination run riot – contact Liz to discuss your ideas…

Monthly Weaving Share Days 2014

Heartfelt Studio at Dalmally railway station will host a weave share day once a month from January. They will be on the last Thursday of each month. So next one is January 30th and we will look at inkle looms and card weaving. Come and join us between 11am- 4pm if you can stay the … Continued

Preparing for the LORN Market

Busy day of preparations for this Thursdays Benderloch LORN Community Producers Market in the Victory Hall. Workshops begin at 12 pm for some exciting ideas using die cutters . In this picture the cutters has cut hedgehogs out of such varied materials as thick felt and paper. The paper one has been embossed as is … Continued

Callander and Oban railway weblinks

a post to collect web links connected to the Callander and Oban railway in no particular order

Tartan Gaters to Louisiana

These cuties were a commission for a customer in Louisiana.. They will are heading for the bookfair for the launch of the wonderful new book Later Tartan Gator Tartan Alligators ! – Created using Sizzix fabric die cutters on hand felted material in tartan designs

Blog : Tutors need training too.

As a tutor I learn much from my students but when the opportunity to learn a new technique comes up with an international renowned tutor , I jump at the chance. Thanks to the wonderful Ann Ross IFA co ordinator of all things felty in Scotland (and inspirational friend), Liz Clay visited Scotland and kindly agreed … Continued

Scottish feltmakers news letter Oct 2013

Scottish Feltmakers Newsletter Oct. 2013 Many thanks to all of you who exhibited at Birnam. This was a most successful exhibition of members work with many very positive comments – “inspiring” “innovative” “great variety of techniques” just some of the comments. Well done!I Hope many of you got an opportunity to visit Birnam and see … Continued

Bridge of Orchy Wedding Fair : September 2013

Frightened a few people today when I sat between the model heads but apart from that it was a wonderful event. Well done Bridge of Orchy Hotel for a first class event Not a bad location for a wedding, nor a wedding fair, and it is just along the road from Dalmally station, how about … Continued

Irrestible North Ronaldsay lambs

Resistance was futile.. they came home

Dalmally Stories Archive

At Dalmally Station we are just beginning to build up a physical archive of books, images, records. You are very welcome to visit. We have a small number of books, census records, valuation rolls, and if you have anything to donate, copies of your own records or originals, we will be so grateful and enable … Continued

Links of Dalmally Station

Argyll Eucalyptus Dyeing

Having spent a full day striping ….leaves off branches, then soaked in ever plentiful Argyll rainwater…the first batch of boiled eucalyptus experiments are well under way. Cladded in old carpet ,the efficiency of the boiler is doubled. On the blanket , tie dyed and leafed

Recycling ideas for the LORN Producers Market

Tomorrow is LORN Benderloch market day and I will be bringing lots of wools and some new recycling ideas I have been working on . No matter what I bring I seem to leave behind the very thing someone is looking for …Are there any special requests anyone?

Accommodation at Dalmally Station

We welcome workshop attendees from anywhere in the country, how about including a quality creative time in a holiday. We now offer accommodation here at the station . We have several quirky bespoke rooms directly on the station platform. The Ramblers Rest is a compact double room with an old fireplace in a totally refurbished … Continued

An inspiring place to live

Elvers in the burn.. Dalmally and Argyll surrounds me with inspiration at every turn, even in the most unlikely places. The colours, the textures, the life, all drive my creativity.

Shearing in Style

Do Scottish farmers clip sheep in kilts

Woofest June 2013

Low Impact Living Initiative

Heartfelt Studio is a member of the low impact network ? Feltmaking and the ethics of Heartfelt fit beautifully Low Impact Living Initiative is a network of great organisations with lots of ways to help you change your life and the world. 170+ topics; free factsheets; books; magazines; courses; online courses; products; services; advice; forum; … Continued

2013 Adopting the Station

1st of June 2013 Liz and Graham joined a growing group of station “foster parents” when they formally adopted Dalmally Station through the Scotrail “Adopt a Station” scheme. The “Adopt A Station” scheme is aimed at finding community or start-up uses for vacant accommodation at stations across Scotland. The idea is for stations at the heart of … Continued

Bespoke fashion clothing – unique to you

At HeartfeltbyLiz creating bespoke fashion clothing is one of my true delights. The journey from client consultation, understanding your needs, and then bringing your ideas to life in a combination of fibre and fabric media is always one of inspirational discovery. here is one I have just completed –

A selection of 2013 commission pieces


Felting and I

Unlike many feltmakers who have specialised in one given area, I have been hungry to learn it all. I try new techniques all the time. Sometimes I assimilate them into my work , some I just share the seed of an idea with others to take forward. I am a practical maker and functional artwork … Continued

About Liz

I have come from very creative beginnings parented by a florist and a professional musician, we always had colour and beautiful sounds in our family. I wanted to follow the artists route but life choose the path of a florist to get my creative juices flowing . I studied for my ICSF and then my NDSF … Continued

Felted Fleeces

2011 The Lochs and Glens Napier leaves Dalmally Station

The Lochs and Glens Napier leaves Dalmally Station – September 2011 Uploaded to Youtube on 16 Sep 2011 Class 55 Deltic No. 55022 ‘Royal Scots Grey’ departs Dalmally with the Spitfire Railtours 1Z47 04:20 ‘The Lochs and Glens Napier’ Crewe-Oban excursion on Wednesday 14th September 2011