Talented young textiles technicians from across Ayrshire were commended at an annual competition run by The King’s Foundation.

The competition showcases the next generation of fashion industry hopefuls, with Queen Margaret Academy finishing runner-up and Carrick and Loudoun pupils being specially commended.

Schools from all over Scotland gathered at Dumfries House to participate in the annual Future Textiles School Challenge, this year termed the Tartan Takeover given its focus on creation of Scottish plaid designs and garments.

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Pupils from fellow Ayrshire schools Girvan Academy, Kilwinning Academy and Marr College also impressed a panel of judges that comprised Patrick Grant of television’s The Great British Sewing Bee, Vixy Rae of Edinburgh-based Stewart Christie, Scotland’s oldest tailor, and John Sugden of Campbell’s of Beauly.

The King's Foundation's Future Textiles programme of fashion and textiles education workshops has, for a decade, given pupils the skills, confidence and knowledge to progress their interest and aspirations in further training and careers in the industry.

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Twelve pupils from each of the schools attended monthly workshops with expert tutors from The King's Foundation in the run-up to last week's inter-schools competition.

Kelly Espindola, Future Textiles lead tutor for The King's Foundation at Dumfries House, said: "It was so refreshing to see young people involved and enthusiastic about sewing, and to see the intergenerational mix between our Sewing Bee members and the pupils.

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"This has been a great opportunity for the young people, but to know The King is looking at their work is another level.

"The pupils' work will live on in the Dumfries House tartan, and the King will I'm sure be very impressed when he sees the fruits of their labour in the last few months."

Ayr Advertiser: Dumfries House is the headquarters of The King's Foundation.Dumfries House is the headquarters of The King's Foundation. (Image: Camera Club)

Kelly added: "I hope the pupils take home from this course some valuable lessons about sustainability and what goes into making clothes, allowing them to make good choices in future and perhaps even making their own clothes.

"They all had a burning passion for being creative, and we'd love to see them carry that on and become the sustainable designers and makers of the future."