At Birkhill House CIC is an animal assisted activity and crafting centre near Earlston in the Scottish Borders. We offer a mixture of modern and traditional crafting opportunities ranging from pewter casting to embroidery, stained glass to paper making. In addition to our recently planted dye garden, we are currently in the process of developing our fleece and fibre programme, putting an emphasis on traditional hand-processing techniques such as skirting, picking, carding and spinning. Making the most of connections with local fibre artisans, we offer workshops in knitting, crochet, weaving and felting.
As well as our own home-grown fibre and natural dye offerings, we also stock kits with patterns specially designed by local makers for At Birkhill House. The focus here is on wellness and mindfulness – taking a moment out to be compassionate and nurture the creative side in all of us.
Set on nine acres of beautiful land about 30 miles south of Edinburgh city centre, the workshops take place in renovated stables dating back to the early 1800s. With a rich farming and equine history, the property is now a busy small-holding, whose residents include Huacaya alpacas, Castlemilk Moorit sheep, pygmy & Golden Guernsey goats, 14 beautiful domestic Ragdoll cats, a gaggle of small dogs, a plethora of hens and a friendly family of peacocks.