We are still in a covid lockdown here in the north of Scotland but I am back at my studio making lots of stoles, chasubles, and this cope pictured right.
This is a busy time of year with new ordinands suddenly realising that the time of their ordination is fast approaching. I am affraid that I am now at the stage where I can't take on any commissions for June ordinations that involve new design work. I can still fit in making stoles to any of my existing designs (there are hundreds to choose from), but there is too much time being spent sitting in front of a computer to take on any new design work. For those already in contact with me, yes, your designs are in hand and should be ready in plenty of time for the summer.
If you are happy to go with one of my existing designs, then I still have time to make a stole. It can still be customised in terms of colour and fabrics, and certain designs are easily adapted to make them personal.
You are welcome to phone me, email me or request a zoom meeting - I am happy to arrange a Zoom meeting with you at a mutually convenient time - email me for details.
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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If you are not a Facebook fan but still want to keep in touch, then you can subscribe to my newsfeed, but I seldom send out anything, perhaps just once a year or so. I have started a new list for this, so if you want to be included, please email me and I will add you in. Your details will never be passed on to any other organisation.
Ruth Black, The Workshop, Inchmore, Kirkhill, Inverness IV5 7PX