Open Studios 10-11 July, 10am-5pm

Veronica Collins & Rachel Collins

Weaving, Plant dyes, fleece preparation and spinning, Textiles, growing dye plants


About the Artist

Woven tapestry and fairisle knitted textiles, designed and made using our own fleece and plant dyes.

At Balgownie Smithy we will showcase the complete process of making woolen textiles from lamb and sheep to the finished article. Our work can be purely decorative, as with the woven tapestries (made by Veronica) or decorative and practical as with Rachel's designs for Fair Isle knitted textiles.
We never imagined we would have our own sheep but our interest in natural materials has lead us down the route of producing as much as possible for ourselves. This process includes the dyeing of our home produced fleece with natural plant dyes. The range and intensity of the colours produced is amazing, and we are in the early stages of developing our own Culross yarn, sold as individual balls or as all inclusive knitting kits, and finished products.

We aim to show the visitor samples of cleaned fleece, the carding process, spinning by wheel, and tapestry weaving on the loom. Selected dye plants and some of the dyeing process will also be displayed.


Balgownie Smithy is located 2.5 miles north of Culross on Gallows Loan immediately south of the stone bridge over the Bluther Burn. Gallows Loan can be accessed from the A985 when approaching from the south or the A907 if coming from the north.


Balgownie Smithy
Gallows Loan
KY12 8EL

Contact Details

Tel: 01383 850392
Mob: 07960643517
Email: [email protected]