Christmas Craft Fairs
For three weekends in a row we will be away at craft fairs.
18th and 19th November - Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, 10am till 5pm both days. (This craft fair is open on the Friday too, but we won't be there until the Saturday)
24th to 26th November - Brodie Castle, Moray
1st to 3rd December - Fyvie Castle, Aberdeenshire
The Loom Shed
For most of the year so far we have been doing improvements at The Workshop. The latest part of this ongoing project is now fully operational. Pictured left is the first tweed on the loom. There are variations of this with different parts having been woven with different colours of weft. It is now off the loom and about to be sent away to the mill for finishing. All will be used for making wraps, scarves and capes and we hope to have the first batch back from the mill by the beginning of December. Follow the facebook link in the top left corner to see a brief video of Ruth pedalling the loom. If you are in the area, you are very welcome to call in and visit. We will not be selling any of this tweed as lengths of cloth, but as it comes off the loom, we will start introducing it to our normal range of products. Whenever we use our own tweed it will be clearly marked as such, but we will still be using mostly genuine Harris Tweed for our wide range of products. Most of the weaving is being done by Ruth, but Rachel is learning to weave so between us we should be able to produce good quantities of our own limited edition tweeds.
The attic above the workshop is now lagged and lined. The storage unit and cutting bench should be going in very soon, then all our untidy stock of fabrics will get sorted and stored in the attic. This will free up space downstairs and we will have a much bigger shop/display area, complete with fitting room for when you come to be measured up for that special garment.
Low stock - but we are trying!
Regular visitors to our website will have realised that there has not been much stock. Every time we thought we were going to be able to spend time creating more stock another order would come in. We are still struggling to keep up with demand, but a few new things are being added as time allows. If there is anything particular that you want, please email us and we will do our best to fit it in. Because of the demand for our scarves, wraps and capes we have run low on some colours of tweed. We have to get these specially woven for us so that we get the fringed ends. The tweeds have been ordered but it is likely to be mid September before we get new stock.
We have been asked for these on several occasions, but have only just got around to doing something about it - Harris Tweed headbands. Like our hats, the tweed is cut on the bias to give some stretch and they are lined with polar fleece. Despite the heatwave, Mary bravely tried them on so I could take phtogoraphs. If you are interested, you will find them on our special offers page.
On these pages you will find information about who we are, where we are and what we do. You can browse our online shop or look at pictures of our work. There is more that goes on at the Workshop - we have links to our other websites where you can find out about feltmaking classes, ecclesiastical embroidery or made to measure garments, among other things. We also have links to shops that sell our products and other interesting sites, including how our main fabric - Harris Tweed - is made.
We use technology that spans the centuries - from a 100 year old Hattersley loom for weaving some of the tweed we use through to state-of-the-art embroidery machines and a laser cutting machine. But we do low-tech as well! Everything is hand finished and we are often sitting with piles of hand-sewing to do.
Visit our online shop pages to see our full range of products - wraps, capes, cushions, wallhangings, bags and purses, Christmas decorations and more. Prices range from as little as £4 for a keyring to as much as you can afford for a large one-off wallhanging.