Edinburgh Kiltmakers Academy offers the most comprehensive kiltmaking course, right in the heart of Edinburgh, nestled within the walls of Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers. Our students not only gain a great deal of skill and knowledge here, but always find a network of like-minded friends and colleagues - endless laughs are had as we take on kiltmaking!
EKA students develop into, not only, skilled and confident kiltmakers, making to the highest possible standard, but also well rounded members of the wider Highlandwear community. Students receive expert tuition from kiltmakers and EKA alumni themselves - our EKA tutors never stop learning and developing their skills, the mark of any good teacher! Class sizes are small to allow for one-to-one time each and every class and tailoring of the course to suit individual students needs. The course has a significant amount of 'home working' between class days, for which time and space will be a consideration for applicants. As part of the Full Course, EKA students also take part in a measuring master class, so they understand how kilts fit the body and can take on their own clients following completion of the course. They also take a trip down to our friends at Lochcarron of Scotland, world renowned weavers, to learn a wee bit more about tartan and its production. Students are also privy to a history talk, detailing the full story of kilts and tartan and its place in Scottish history, helping them become well rounded, knowledgable kiltmakers, confident within the Highlandwear industry.
We aim to make our courses as accessible as possible. We do ask that all applicants considering taking on kiltmaking have some hand sewing experience in advance of applying - there is a lot to learn, so having the basics is the best start. Our Full Course is designed to be worked around work/life commitments you may already have, our visitor workshop and introductory courses are perfect for those looking to get a small insight into the world of kiltmaking and our advanced courses are the best step for qualified kiltmakers to take to expand their knowledge.
Most of our graduates go on to create kilts for their own clients, for Highlandwear retailers all over Scotland and many choose to stay with Nicolson Kiltmakers, create kilts for us and be part of one of the most exciting businesses at the forefront of the industry!
Either way, EKA remains a source of ongoing support and camaraderie for all alumni.