Monthly Archives: July 2013

Colour palettes from Scotland – walking on the Isle of Mull.

These photos were taken on a recent walk to Stuart Castle along the east coast of the Isle of Mull, (you can just see the castle in the distance). Such vibrant natural colours.

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Close ups of Stuart Castle. I love the natural colours of the stone work. Click on the images to enlarge them.

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Views from the top of Ben More, Mull’s only Munro.

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A Celtic knot pattern made by ‘C minor’ from old leather straps found on the beach!

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West Sands beach, St Andrews.

We went down to West Sands beach this morning, near St Andrews, to take some photographs of my latest hand woven wrap and stole. It was a beautiful morning. My son ‘C minor’ accompanied me and we walked up as far as the Eden Estuary. I’m drawn again and again to this beach for the colours of the sea, sky and landscape and for the patterns in the sand.

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Craft Scotland, Meet You Maker event September 2013.

Craft Scotland are holding a Meet Your Maker event from 7th to 8th September 2013, to show case contemporary crafts and makers at work in 8 different locations across Scotland over the same weekend. I’ve been asked to attend the St Andrews Museum event here in Fife, which is open between 10 and 5pm each day.

Craft Scotland say

‘The event will give a ‘behind the scenes’ look at craft, so you can see what is involved in being a maker: from the design process, skill, commitment and creativity involved into the range of techniques that makers employ in their work’.

If you are in the area, do pop in, it would be great to meet you!

Check out their website: www.craftscotland.org

 

Scotland’s hot!

I just had to show you some images of the walk I did this morning. The weather forecast for Scotland today is hot and getter hotter! It’s almost hard to believe. Fife is really blooming. Perhaps it is all part of the Andy Murray effect, rippling out from Wimbledon!

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The design and making process.

I wanted to show you the complete process from inspiration to finish product. All of of my work is inspired by the outdoor world around me. I love to walk and roam and I see colours and textures on my walks around the Fife countryside, coastline and elsewhere in Scotland. Until recently I preferred to weave with British wools and alpaca yarns, but living in a old weaver’s cottage, made me think differently. Something seemed to tap me on the shoulder and say, ‘hay, we used to weave linen cloth here’, and I started delving into the history books. You can read more about my discoveries in earlier editions of this blog. I am intrigued to learn who used to weave in this cottage 220 years ago, but I am saving that research for another day. I wanted to weave this project with British flax, similar to that which used to be grown in Fife, but I couldn’t find yarn spun thin enough from the UK. So this linen is from Sweden. It is a beautiful yarn and very good quality. I have also added some cotton from the USA, which was similar to that imported to Stanley Mills over 200 years ago.  Eventually flax was no longer grown in Fife and all supplies were imported from countries around the Baltic, as I have done for this project.

Inspiration. West Sands, St Andrews.

Inspiration. West Sands, St Andrews.

Designed on computer with linen yarn in mind.

Designed on computer with linen yarn in mind.

Threading the linen yarn through the heddles on to the loom.

Threading the warp yarn through the heddles on the loom.

Then through the reed.

Then through the reed.

Tie the warp to the front of the loom.

Tie the warp to the front of the loom.

Starting to weave.

Starting to weave.

Using a shuttle to weave in the weft.

Using a shuttle to weave in the weft.

Weaving at the loom.

After 200 years weaving has returned to this cottage.

All wrapped up!

The finished wrap.

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We have had fewer bees this year.

We have had fewer bees this year.

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The wrap will be available to buy from my shop very soon!

 

Views from the summit of Tolmount.

I just can’t get into my walking boots enough at the moment and that’s because the weather has been so dry lately. In Scotland, you can never predict how long a good dry spell will last. JM and her dog Poppy accompanied me again on this walk and we climbed Tolmount one of Scotland’s 282 Munros (not that I am counting!). We are looking north here down Glen Callater, towards Braemar. What I love about this view is that you can just see the heather starting to develop. It will be in full bloom by late August and the contrast it creates with the greens and browns is just stunning and I love to weave with these colours. There are scarves in my shop inspired by views like this!

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