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Shetland Wool Week – Part 3

8th & 9th October 2014: Weave Shetland Tweed Workshop The main reason I wanted to visit Shetland in the first place was because I had heard so much about Global Yell – The Centre for the Creative Industries. A generous donation of weaving equipment was made to the centre from the Ann Sutton Foundation and now […]

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Shetland Wool Week – Part 2

6th October 2014: Ninian – Joanna Hunter Knitwear We started our day by doing some Christmas shopping in Lerwick’s town centre. There are plenty of gift shops to choose from in Lerwick, one of my favourites being the Shetland Soap Company where I purchased some Crofter’s shower gel, I’d definitely recommend it to any crofters out there! […]

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Outer Hebrides Tour Diary – Part 1: Sunny Days at Vatersay Bay

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 […]

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Local Visits

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 […]

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Children’s Weaving Party

I am now offering children’s weaving parties for 5 to 12 year olds in Glasgow and the surrounding area. If you are interested in a weaving party please contact me for more details. Shielagh gave the girls at my daughter’s 8th birthday party a fabulous introduction to weaving. They were so thrilled to be able to take something […]

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Angharad's Weaveathon

Angharad’s Weaveathon

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 […]

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Spider Silk

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 […]

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