Next Craft Fairs
The Workshop will be closed on Saturday 9th September when we will have a stall at Westfield House near Elgin for a Marie Curie coffee morning - 10 till 12. On Friday 13th and Saturday 14th October the studio will be closed as we will be at the Loch Ness Knit Festival - Inverness Ice Rink, come and visit our stall if you are in the area. On the evening of 27th October we will be at Aigas House for a fund-raising evening for Highland Hospice. We will also be closed on Saturday 28th October when we will have a stall at the Highland Wool & Textiles Fair in Strathpeffer.
New 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 nearing completion. We have taken delivery of our stock of yarn for weaving our own tweed. The loom is now operational, though at the moment we are just be testing and sample weaving with the warp that is currently on the loom. 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. Pictured above is Ruth pedalling the loom. Rachel is learning to weave so between us we should be able to produce good quantities of our own limited edition tweeds.
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.