Photo Diary July 2015 With thanks to Sheila Roderick – Scalpay Linen and The Textile Society and for making this training possible and also thanks to Mike Donald – Off the Croft, the previous owner of my new (old) Hattersley Domestic Loom. My Hattersley Loom is now safely in Glasgow and awaiting it’s rebuild, I’ll […]
I had originally been planning to visit Shetland in the summer as part of my weaving tour of Scotland, but when I heard about Shetland Wool Week I decided to postpone my visit until October – I am so glad that I did! Shetland Wool Week attracts wool fanatics from around the world, meeting up […]
9th July 2014: Donald John MacKay MBE – Luskentyre Harris Tweed Another sunny day, and we set out along the beach road at Luskentyre to find Donald John MacKay MBE’s weaving shed. If you haven’t heard of Donald John Mackay, here he is on an episode of BBC’s Coast: Donald John MacKay was awarded a MBE in […]
6th July 2014: Shiladair Yarns It was a little that sad day because Rob, Carolyn, Angharad and Uisge had to head back to Glasgow after our brilliant week together, but before they set out we decided to make one more visit to the Shiladair Yarn Shop. Inside the shop we were impressed to see a huge range of […]
1st July 2014: Barra to Eriskay and South Uist Scott, Aggie and I left ahead of everyone else to catch an earlier ferry from Barra to Eriskay and meet our first weaving-related maker on the islands. It was another glorious sunny day and the short ferry ride gave us a chance to enjoy a refreshing breeze and a display […]
This summer I decided to tour the Outer Hebrides to research weaving and related crafts on the islands, including the people who make the world famous Harris Tweed. My trip took me from my home in Glasgow to the islands of Vatersay, Barra, Eriskay, South Uist, Benbecula, North Uist, Skye, Harris, Scalpay and Lewis, in a round trip […]
I am getting super excited about my tour of the Western Isles at the beginning of July and have been organising lots of visits to weavers and spinners out there, but first I’ve been visiting weaving related places closer to my home in Glasgow. Here’s where I’ve been over the last month or so: We […]
I’ve seen some pretty cool things made out of lego but look at this loom made from Lego technic bricks, it’s so incredibly clever! For more information visit Nico71’s blog.
My new yarn arrived yesterday and it looks fantastic! I’m preparing to start my AW12 collection and have decided to use a mixture of cotton, tencel and wool. Adding wool should give a luxurious cosy feel to the scarves whilst keeping their lightweight feel. I’m particularly fond of the tencel as it creates such a […]
I was amazed when I saw these photographs of woven spider silk currently on display in London at the V&A. It takes the silk from 23,000 golden orb spiders to weave just 25 grams of silk. These spiders are found in Madagascar and are borrowed from the forest to extract their silk before returning them […]
A Christmas treat for your eyeballs, enjoy! See you all in 2012… Animation by David Shrigley
I was in Bristol last weekend and saw some brilliant street art. Above is yarn bombed pillar and below a whale wearing a Cosby style jumper. This fox carrying away the dry riser inlet really tickled me and was my favourite find of the day. This may have something to do with my love of […]
I visited Summerlee last weekend and was pleased to see these weaving artefacts. Above is a window display of shuttles, yarn and woven fabrics. Inside I could see a dobby and tapestry loom that appeared to be in use. I’d like to find out who uses these looms as I also saw some handwoven items […]
My friend Anna Williams is a baking genius! We went to Glasgow School of Art together and I’m utterly impressed with her cake decorating skills. She is based in Sheffield and I think I may need to visit soon to taste these beauties! YUM. She offers a large range of cakes on her website and […]
I enjoy looking at the Guardian galleries for incredible photographs of current events. Recently I saw these photographs of weaving in Egypt related to this article and thought I should share them here. These photos are part of this Guardian Gallery, photographs by El-Dakhakhny/UNICEF UK.
I spend far too much time looking at the beautiful items on Etsy lovingly handmade by talented artists and designers. I am trying to resist buying the earrings below made by Huiyitan, I love them, if you do too BUY HERE! I’ve also just added these two scarves to my own shop. Buy them HERE. […]
Yarn bombing makes me smile! Here are some of my favourite yarn bombs on another one of my favourite things, bicycles. Photos from Yarn Bombing on Facebook.
Yes, it really is sunny here in Glasgow today! I’m enjoying sitting in a sunny window weaving away whilst listening to the radio, I am incredibly pleased that both Adam and Joe and Radcliffe and Maconie are now on the Big British Castle’s 6 Music. I am currently using my new yarn to make new […]
I spotted my first snow drops of the year yesterday, in the middle of Glasgow city centre too! Snow drops are a favourite flower of mine because they are one of the first signs of Spring. Here’s a hoping! With Spring approaching I am currently working on a new selection of spring inspired scarves suitable […]
Just in case anyone was worried about my travels in Tunisia I thought I’d better make a post to say I’m back in rainy Glasgow. I had a fantastic week until the last few days when the recent protests spread to the town of Sousse where we were staying and we had to cut our […]