Scots culture in the park

Upper Hutt Scottish Highland Gathering kicked off with  loud bagpipe music coming from the other side of the hills at Harcourt Park.

Highland dancing





clan tents

Highland cattle


sword fighting


Arrow shooting



The rest…

Male highland dress includes kilt (or trews), sporran, sgian dubh and ghillies. Ghillies, or ghillie brogues, are traditional thick soled shoes with no tongues and long laces.

The sporran (/ˈspɒrən/; Scottish Gaelic for “purse“), a traditional part of male Scottish Highland dress, is a pouch that performs the same function as pockets on the pocketless kilt. Made of leather or fur, the ornamentation of the sporran is chosen to complement the formality of dress worn with it. The sporran is worn on a leather strap or chain, conventionally positioned in front of the groin of the wearer.


Female highland dress includes women’s shoes, also called ghillies, that are tied in the same way but have thin soles for indoor wear and dancing. Traditionally, women and girls do not wear kilts but may wear ankle-length tartan skirts. A tartan sash or shawl may also be worn. Women may also wear dress tartans which are modified versions which include white in place of a more prominent colour.

Incredible sewing! Inspire me Monday.

Inspire Me Monday – Week 59

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My IT’S WRITE EASY  session Friday February 15, 2013


Making clothes, craft, special skill, drama, competition.

I used: making clothes, craft, special skill

The wonder of sewing


Working with a sewing machine needs special skills. It isn’t that easy to make clothes if you don’t know the basic skills of putting it together or how to use a sewing machine.

My mother always made our dresses. She was really a skilled sewer. As soon as we were old enough to sew my mother showed us how to use dress patterns to sew our own dresses. I have two sisters and they are also both skilled in using  a sewing machine. My younger sister still has the old sewing machine( I think it still works)




I made many of my own clothes before I got married. After my son’s birth I also made his t-shirts and track suits. When I bought my over locker I also won some classes in how to make track suits. I also did some sewing classes in making a double sided windbreaker which I still wear on cold winter days.

Today I am not really interested in making my own clothes but with prices rocketing today I might as well start making my own again.

I am more interested in using my special sewing skills to piece and make my own quilts. Making these crafty pieces of work gives me lots of joy, making them is also therapeutic for body and soul.