We picked up the latest batch of products from the finishers just before last weekends Exclusively Highlands Fair at Eden Court in Inverness. It was quite a challenge to fit it all in, but we managed and we hope you love them as much as we do!
Despite spending about a third of our time at craft fairs and markets in July and August, we managed to add a few pieces to our steadily growing collections of Skye-made woollen products.
On the garment side our latest additions are a hooded poncho and fitted body warmer in our new brushed tweed.
Due to popular demand we are making the poncho quite a bit bigger than its predecessor. Laid out as a square, it measures about 4′ x 4′ (120cm x 120cm).
The hood is still lined with the same soft moleskin as before.
The new fitted body warmer comes in 4 standard sizes.
As the summer is drawing to a close, it makes a good addition to your wardrobe.
It combines the comfort and warmth of a gilet with the style of a fitted waistcoat and gives a flattering waistline.
If you are a keen sewer yourself and you are looking for a Skye tweed fabric for your next project, have a look at our two new brushed tweeds.
One of them is a dark green/grey and the other one a speckled grey. The tweed is 5′ (150cm) wide and we sell it in metre lengths.
We are just about to finish our next piece of tweed and should have it back from the finishers in about one month, so watch this space. The tweed is a vertical skip twill in five different colour ways and a bit of Andrea-quirky-mix at the end.
It is always an exciting and slightly nerve-wrecking moment, when you get a box with your products back from the finishers, but we are delighted with our new light-weight summer wraps. They are translucent, airy and come in a variety of summery colours.
We got a bit carried away during the weaving and ended up with fifteen different colour combinations. And we like them all! I found it pretty difficult to decide on a favourite, but in the end chose a red one for myself. I’ve been wearing it pretty much all the time and it even came on a trip to the Isle of Mull with me, where I went to visit friends.
Click here to see all of the wraps.
There are lots more products in the pipeline. Keep checking the website or look out for our next newsletter.
Over to you – do you like our new wraps and colour ways?
Both of us have always loved cycling and Roger believes that the invention of the bicycle was one of humankind’s greatest achievements. I think cheese and wine are a very close second, but don’t let me digress.
Going right back to the beginning, the pedal-powered Skye Weavers probably wouldn’t even exist, if the bicycle hadn’t been invented (or the wheel for that, but that’s going a bit too far). Travelling by anything quicker than a bike just doesn’t allow enough time to stop, look around and meet people. It took me well over 1000 pleasurably slow bicycle miles to find Roger, who was hiding away at the most southerly point of a remote peninsula on the Isle of Mull.
My holiday on the Isle of Mull turned into a rather more permanent arrangement, but I’m going to fast-forward through those years and get straight to our bicycle pedal-powered loom. When we first heard of pedal looms being used on the Outer Isles to weave Harris Tweed, we were immediately intrigued. What a great way to produce fabric: carbon neutral, clean, quiet, potentially pretty fast, and a good workout, as many people have pointed out to us. (The physical evidence of that last point is a bit meagre unfortunately.)
Events moved us from thoughts to action and about one and a half years ago we went to Harris and Lewis to try and find a loom to set up our own weaving business. We were lucky enough to find one just north of Stornoway! We first moved our newly acquired Griffith Rapier Handloom RH2 to the Isle of Mull and then up to Glendale on the Isle of Skye, where we settled down in February this year. The rest is history, or it will be anyway once a bit more water has gone down Glendale’s river Hamera. One thing is for sure, we’ll keep doing a lot of cycling and won’t even have to bother with waterproofs any longer.
Following our previous blog post about our trip to textile country we pick up the story as we make our way back…
The next day we made our way back up north, calling in on Schofield – fabric finishers and dyers in the Scottish borders. There we picked up the light-weight wraps we had woven a month before and left our blankets to be finished, i.e. washed, brushed and fringed.
Another night of camping was pleasant and midge free, but busy with deer gnawing on fresh blades of grass around our tent. Unloading everything back at home was easier than either of us had quietly anticipated, which was just as well after three days on the road. Now the only thing that remains to be done is to dig out a big heap of soil, build another little shed, re-assemble our purchase and convert it from a 3 phase to a single phase motor. A piece of cake – once we can walk upright again.
We’ll be posting updates on just how useful our new cone winder is – watch this space…