Fiona Rutherford, Textile Artist

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Handweavers Studio

June 19, 2015




I was like a child in a sweety shop when I visited Handweavers Studio on Tuesday afternoon. They are providing all the equipment and yarns for my five day workshop with Selvedge at Chateau Dumas next month and I had a lovely time absorbed in choosing a colourful palate of cotton yarns that we will be weaving with.

Everything is now packed up and ready to go! A big thank you to Handweavers Studio & Gallery for their time and making the process so easy.



Edinburgh Marathon

May 31, 2015


I woke up early this morning to see hundreds of people energetically running past my window. I watched with a cup of tea in my hand and contemplated the idea of running!


Spring Colours

May 28, 2015








I was just looking out of my window at a beautiful natural colour palate. The lime green leaves of spring foliage reaching up against a huge slate grey sky full of threatening rain. Words can’t describe the colours that just made me look and look.

I was wandering around the Botanics again this weekend and trying to capture some of the textures and colours of late spring. I love the green – the many shades of green.

But you can’t catch a feeling.

Studio Workshop

May 18, 2015


This weekend my home studio was turned into a weaving workshop. It’s the first one I have done in Edinburgh and the start of a new programme of monthly workshops. The next one is June 13th/14th.

The theme was “Playing with Colour”. Some of my books and yarns to weave used over the weekend. Lots of chat, good company and some lovely little tapestries were produced.






Promoting Unity Through Diversity

April 23, 2015








What I love about the area I live in is its diversity. What was an abandoned church built in the classic Greek style and sitting in between the Victorian Primary school building and the local boxing club has been turned in to the Hindu Mandir Cultural Centre.

These photos are from the opening day. Attracted by all the colour and lovely sari clad women I asked what was happening and was welcomed inside.

As my early childhood was spent in India in the tea plantations of Assam, my first language was Hindi as well English. The Scots were majorly influential in establishing the tea estates during the days of the British Empire. So imagine my delight to talk to Hermann Rodrigues who was fascinated by this Indian/Scottish connection and is researching stories in his BroonXScots website

The colour has come back in to my work again.