Kirsty Kinnear, Helen McDermott & Emma Wilkinson


Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy courses are taught by EKA Alumni themselves! 

Kirsty, Helen and Emma are exceptionally passionate and well practiced in handmade kiltmaking. They never stop learning and strive to make skill sharing in the kiltmaking industry the norm, in a bid to give handmade kiltmaking a strong and secure future with each and every kilt made to the highest standard.


Kirsty Kinnear

Head of The Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy, Tutor & Kiltmaker

Kirsty has made wonderful developments to the kiltmaking courses here at EKA. But, to go back to the beginning of her journey - Kirsty trained at the Academy herself, looking to forge a new career away from the office and working with her hands - the thing she'd always loved to do. Taking to kiltmaking immediately, Kirsty soon qualified and began working as a kiltmaker, quickly being asked back to run the course. 

Kirsty is responsible for some of the best kiltmakers you could possibly find. Her patience and commitment to her students is a huge attribute to EKA and all those who study here. Kirsty never stops learning herself and developing elements of the course - the mark of a great teacher. She has led EKA from strength to strength, offers ongoing support to students, alumni and kiltmakers looking for advice. It's thanks to Kirsty's hard work and passion for kiltmaking, that EKA now offers the most comprehensive kiltmaking course in the world!

Helen McDermott

Tutor & Kiltmaker

Helen is a fully fledged kiltmaker , who learnt her craft at Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy. She has made countless kilts for Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers and, when she's not teaching, can be found in store creating beautifully handmade accessories for GNK's customers. 

Coming from a Fashion design and costume construction background, working previously in the bridal industry and on the production of Game of Thrones, Helen has a wealth of sewing knowledge!

Proudly being known as "the Irish one" to colleagues, students and customers alike, Helen is hugely passionate about kiltmaking and all it entails - a trait EKA students benefit from a great deal. Always looking to learn, develop and improve, these attributes have benefitted the progression of EKA hugely.


Emma Wilkinson

History Tutor, EKA Marketing & Kiltmaker

Emma is also an EKA Alumni, Kiltmaker and EKA Tutor. The first and only kiltmaker to have been awarded the accolade of being a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust Scholar, she is tasked with upholding excellence in British craftsmanship with each and every stitch. 

Having taught the EKA course and made countless kilts, Emma currently focusses on EKA's marketing and development for the future - there's always something exciting going on! Our students also benefit from her undeniable enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge in the history of kilts and tartan.


She's always on hand for advice, whether it's spotting how to pleat up a tricky kilt, helping our students get to grips with getting their work admired on social media as they start their own businesses, to letting us know exactly what story lies behind a tartan!