scottish_headerCome on down to Brasstown the week of August 13- September 6 for Scottish Heritage Week at the Folk School, featuring a festive week of Celtic themed classes and demonstrations. If you are of Scottish descent, or merely love the culture, come enjoy a “taste of Scotland” through fascinating history and stories, lively music & dance, and savory food.

Fancy Fibers


Weaving a Tartan

Have always wanted to learn about tartans? Consider Melissa Weaver Dunning’s intermediate Scottish Tartans—Inspiration to Weave a Scarf to take your weaving a higher level. Experienced knitters, you will want to try Fair Isle Knitting: Starting with Color with Martha Owen to learn techniques and patterns inspiring by this traditional Shetland style.

Do Celtic knot designs fascinate you? Don’t fear the knot! Learn to construct designs from patchwork in “Celtic Illusions” Wall Hanging taught by Marolyn Floyd.

Appalachian Connection

Early Scotch and Scotch-Irish settlers contributed greatly to American culture, and nowhere has their influence been more strongly felt than in the Appalachians. Learn about the musical connection in Sara Grey’s Ballads and Songs from Scotland to Appalachia and Beyond. Students will explore and sing about the migration of ballads and songs from the British Isles (primarily Scotland) to North America. Explore similarities in legends and folktales and learn techniques and devices used by traditional storytellers in Bobbie Pell’s Scottish Roots in Appalachian Traditions.


Two Saat Kuddis and a Kishie transport basket by Peggie Wilcox. Photo by Peggie Wilcox.

In Scottish Baskets with an American Twist, instructor Peggie Wilcox teaches students how to take traditional Scottish basketry techniques and create baskets with American rush. Come try this soft, easy-on-the-hands, fragrant material to make a Saat Kuddi (Salt Basket) and a Kishie transport basket, traditional to Shetland.

Pass the Cranachan


Refectory Table by Gary Pinchon

Many lads and lassies like to come to the Folk School on vacation together. Consider this: the person with more of a penchant for Woodworking might consider Gary Pichon’s intermediate class, 15th-century Dining Table, where you will build a replica of a Scottish oak refectory table used for eating, drinking and plotting against the English. We are confident you can handle the plotting and drinking on your own, but what about the food to go on the table?



Perhaps you or your buddy or spouse will take Wendy Harrison’s A Wee Bit of Cooking to learn to fill the new table with Cullen skink, Cranachan, Clapshot, and Clootie Dumpling… Traditional Scottish food may have some odd names, but it is always delicious!

With your united week-long learning experiences, you will be able to impress friends back home with wild and frolicking Scottish dinner party.

Getting Medieval Ancient On You

Celtic Ironwork by David Burress

Celtic Ironwork by David Burress

Gain insight into the role the Celts played in the spread of ironworking technology in ancient Scotland in the Celtic Iron with David Burress. Recreate beautiful and functional items of everyday use, along with the knives and weaponry that this warrior race used to defy an empire.

Painting instructor Billie Shelburn will take you on a trip through Highland landscapes in Dynamic Highland Landscapes. Paint with acrylic paint on canvas to capture the visual songs that those mountains can emit—similar to our own ancient Appalachian mountains that surround the Folk School.

Landscape by Billie Shelburn

Landscape by Billie Shelburn

View our complete Scottish Heritage Week class offerings on our website.

You can register online or call the office at 1-800-FOLK-SCH or 828-837-2775.

Cory Marie Podielski
About Cory Marie Podielski

Cory Marie Podielski is a freelance graphic designer, photographer, and writer for the John C. Campbell Folk School. She has been writing for the Folk School Blog since 2012 and enjoys interviewing artists, musicians, and craftspeople. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the banjo, dancing, printmaking, playing in clay, and assisting in Folk School bread baking classes.