Embroidered vestments with Celtic designs
Tuesday to Friday - 10am till 4pm
The Workshop will be closing for Christmas on Wednesday 20th December.
Between Christmas and Easter I am open by appointment only, although if the door is open and the lights are on, you are welcome to call in.
Please phone 01463 831567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment. It is always good to make contact in advance because then I can ensure that I have things to show you. Most of my work goes straight out to clients so usually I only have one or two of the vestments I have made for my husband on display - whatever colour is not in use for the current season. With warning, I can bring other pieces with me for you to see up close.
If you can't manage a visit in person we can arrange a mutually convenient time to meet via Zoom. You are welcome to phone me or email me to discuss your requirements.
In June I was in Ireland for a Celtic Art conference and took time to visit many interesting historic places, including some of the ancient High Crosses - Kells, Monasterboice, Ardboe - lots of sources of inspiration.
The chasuble pictured right is a recent commission. This was made to match a stole that I made last year when the client was ordained as a deacon. The chasuble was made for his ordination as priest this summer. The set will also have a matching maniple, burse and veil.
This site is all about the ecclesiastical work of textile artist Ruth Black. I hope you enjoy browsing the site and that you find it easy to navigate.
Much of my work is inspired by Scotland, its history, its fabrics and by traditional Pictish and Celtic art. My tartan-lined and embroidered stoles have travelled to all parts of the world.
Some of my work can be seen by appointment at my studio in Inchmore - 6 miles from Inverness. I usually aim to have a couple of stoles available for immediate purchase, but apart from those, most of what I am able to show you are things I have made for my husband so I would need to bring them out to the studio. i.e. an appointment is essential if you want to see actual examples! Everything else I have made has already gone to the client, though you may be lucky enough to catch me with work in progress. Visitors are always welcome.
Throughout the site you can see images of things I have made over the years. I usually have a couple of sample stoles which are available for immediate purchase, but otherwise everything is individually made to order only. If you want any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I always try to make things that have particular significance for the recipient, perhaps by the design or by the choice of fabric. Much of what I do incorporates tartan, but this is not essential - I am happy to work with plain fabrics and traditional damasks, silks, velvets and wools. What I don’t work with are cheap synthetic fabrics. If you are looking for off-the-peg, bargain basement vestments, then please keep looking, but if you want something special that combines history and tradition with meticulous work to create a vestment or parament that will stand the test of time, then you have come to the right place.
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Ruth Black, The Workshop, Inchmore, Kirkhill, Inverness IV5 7PX