11th July 2014: Breanish Tweed The last day of our tour had arrived and we had reached our northernmost location; Port of Ness on Lewis. Our first stop was Breanish Tweed, who produce luxury tweeds using Shetland wool, lambswool and cashmere. Breanish Tweed’s decision not use yarn spun and dyed on the islands means that their […]
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 […]
Last July I was lucky enough to visit Block Island, USA where I met Sven and Laura Risom who run the North Light Fibers Mill. Surrounded by an animal farm, including alpacas, the mill produces an array of beautiful yarns suitable for knitting and weaving. Their Forever Lace yarn (80% alpaca/20% bamboo) is suitable for both knitters and […]
Today I went to West Kilbride to visit friend and fellow weaver Angharad McLaren. Angharad has been the latest maker-in-residence at the Barony Centre, developing her own weaving based on sport (I’ll explain a bit more below!) and using the space to run workshops for the local community. For more information about Angharad’s residency visit […]
A Christmas treat for your eyeballs, enjoy! See you all in 2012… Animation by David Shrigley
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.
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.
I’m away to London this week and very excited to finally be visiting my pal Rebecca Davies and Eva’s project at the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre. LOOK HERE! for more information. Lots of exciting events and workshops have been taking place including Saskia Pomeroy’s screen printing this week and this Saturday 16th April Plats […]
I like well designed chairs and when I saw this chair design by alvidesign I was amazed by its beauty. Perhaps because it reminds me of my loom with the solid wooden structure and intricate threads crossing through it. Below is another chair that is linked to weaving. It is designed by Richard Liddle who […]
Handwoven magazine now have a page on Facebook – Look here! They have just posted up some old magazine covers from when Handwoven was called Interweave (Interweave now publishes a range of magazines). The one above is my favourite – idyllic bliss. Currently I only have one copy of Handwoven and I am looking to […]
I’ve been listening to a lot of Adam and Joe recently and then found this little video made by Nick White. There is even a snowman in it so I thought I’d use it to say Merry Christmas to you all and have a Happy New Year! My shop is closed for the next few […]
I was just sent a link to this (thanks Paul) and needed to share it. These elaborate pigeons made by Laurel Roth are simply amazing: See more here!
I’ve just been looking at my Aunt Fran Curran’s Hartford Artisans Weaving Center website. Here’s a photo of the weaving centre I took when I was visiting, as you can see it is a fantastic place packed full of looms. I found this page explaining the weaving process. I thought I’d post it up for […]
Marguerite Porter Davison‘s A Handweaver’s Pattern Book is a must have for all weavers. I used this book endlessly when I was learning to weave and still use it as a reference when I begin projects. I also like the fact that due to the age of the book the patterns are in black and […]
I’m going to see works by Steve Reich performed later today so I’ve been listening to his music this morning. It reminded me of this very apt artwork for Music for 18 Musicians which uses a weaving twill.
Welcome to my brand new website! I’m very excited that it is finally up and running with thanks to Scott from I Think it’s Nice. Hope you enjoy having a look at my work and please tell your friends I’m here.