The Dovecot Gallery & Tapestry Studios is one of my favourite places in Edinburgh. It is an amazing centre for art, craft and design. The Edinburgh Tapestry Company, as it was first known, was founded in 1912 and originally based in the west of Edinburgh. It has been housed in the restored Infimary Street Baths in the centre of the city since 2008, producing hand-woven tapestries and gun-tufted rugs.
The Gallery holds a number of exhibitions throughout the year. Last year, it held the wonderful exhibition on the paintings of Bernat Klein. This year has seen “The Scottish Endarkenment” exhibition and on Saturday 5th November, “Colour and Light” opens.
One of the amazing features of the building is the old balcony that originally overlooked the swimming pool. The balcony was restored and now at certain times during the week can be used to view the weavers and rug tufters below! If you’re ever in the city centre of Edinburgh, pop in and have a look round. They also have a very good cafe.
It subsequently gives me huge pleasure that the Dovecot Shop is stocking my bags. These items for crafters, knitters, crocheters and artists to use are made using wools woven at Knit Rennie in Aberdeenshire and lined in linen or cotton fabric from Scottish Linen in Fife. My design below is “Bandit Brioche” named after the hand knitter’s brioche or tuck stitch.