Borders Textile Towerhouse

Borders Textile Towerhouse lets visitors discover the knitwear and tweed story, how the Borders woollen industries reached the height of luxury and fashion.

You will see garments, fabrics, objects, photographs and art, revealing over 200 years of tradition and innovation in the Borders Industry.

We are a lively, hands-on venue, suitable for all ages. Changing exhibitions bring in contemporary fashion and design - and watch out for our textile events and workshops throughout the year.

In the Tom Scott Room you can view paintings by this noted Scottish watercolourist, and enjoy touchscreen access to the Museum's collection of his work. 

You will also discover the fascinating history of this 500 year old tower from the days of the Border Reivers.


Creative Textile Events and Workshops

Knit, Natter & Sew Night - an evening of creative relaxation.
Last Thursday of the month, 19:00 - 21:00

To enquire about the above, please contact the Education and Outreach Officer on 01450 377615.

Sat 2 March - Sun 23 June 
Bounding and Moon Gazing: Hares in Contemporary Textiles
Helen Cowans

The form, movement and character of hares have inspired the work in this exhibition.  Hand-dyed, weathered and painted fabrics are embellished with hand and machine embroidery to create textiles for the wall. 
There is an opportunity to see Helen Cowans demonstrating her work in the Exhibition Room on Sun 23 June, 12:00 - 15:00. 

Mon 1 April - Sun 26 May

The FashionABLE project started at Burnfoot Community Hub in May 2018. This course enables people aged 15 and over to learn sewing and craft skills, while making new friends. The exhibition is a chance to see some of their work, including clothing made from scratch as well upcycled garments given a new lease of life.  There are also smaller items such as cushions, bags and jewellery.

Sat 1 June - Sun 6 October
Styled in the Borders 2019

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the opening of Borders Textile Towerhouse, this exhibition gathers together examples of the best quality fashion and design coming out of the Borders in 2019.

Sat 29 June - Sat 24 August
A Passion for Textiles 

Following on from the success of their 2018 exhibition at Borders Textile Towerhouse, the Eskdale and Liddesdale branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild present their passion for textiles in a variety of stitching styles.

Sun 1 September - Sat 7 December
The Wonders of Wool 
Ann Smith

The landscape, flora and fauna of Scotland provide inspiration for these vibrant felt art works and other wool felt creations. Ann uses wet and needle felting techniques, along with machine and hand stitching to achieve painterly results.

Wed 16 Oct - Sat 14 March 2020
Made by Pringle

Pringle of Scotland was at one time the largest employer in Hawick, with a world-wide reputation. As part of the celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of Borders Textile Towerhouse, we have drawn from the largest collection in our archives to chart the company’s design history in the 20th century.

Sat 14 December - Sat 28 March 2020
Forgotten Shops of Hawick

In the days before supermarkets and the internet, the High Street and small streets of Hawick supported a huge variety of shops. This is a nostalgic look back at some of them, through old photographs and memorabilia



Check out the Borders Textile collections here.

Gift shop

Border Textile Towerhouse shop stocks good quality, unique and locally sourced gifts, toys and original artworks alongside specialist books on crafts, textiles and local history. The range is continually updated and showcases the talented crafts people of the area.

Education and Learning

Organise a fun-inspired visit for your pupils or students. Visit Heart of Hawick for more information.

Contact details

1 Tower Knowe

Tel: 01450 377 615