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New designs now available in my shop.

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Anstruther.

Shawl in wool and alpaca

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Bluebell wood

Shawl in linen and cotton.

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Falkland Forest

Shawl and scarves in wool and alpaca

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Lomond Hills

Shawl in wool and alpaca.

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St Andrews.

Shawl in linen and cotton.

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All wrapped up!

Wrap in wool and alpaca.

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Where do design ideas come from?

This design was inspired by the shapes of frozen water I found in puddles back in mid winter. I wanted to weave something for myself…………because I never do!

It’s made using yarn spun from the fleeces of sheep on the Shetland Islands (grey warp) and smooth, silky alpaca (natural white for the weft) from animals at the other end of the British Isles, in Devon. It is so warm and cosy, I am reluctant to take it off! I thought you might like to see it. There is a dark blue wrap for sale in my shop.

The photographs were taken down on St Andrew’s Harbour, near to the castle.

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Competition – Win a luxury wool and alpaca scarf.

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Countryside Magazine, December 2013 edition, is running a competition where you could win one of my scarves.

Handwoven with beautifully soft lambswool and alpaca, this scarf was inspired by the vibrant colours of the Fife fishing villages. It’s perfect for the coming winter months.

The magazine is due out in mid November. So go on have a go, somebody has to win it!

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The finished scarves.

Here are the finished scarves, all topped and tailed and ready to go out into the world! Although, as you can see they have already had their first outing into the Fife countryside. If you like them, you can now find them in my shop. See you there!

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Click on these smaller photographs if you would like to see larger images of the Fife countryside at 8:30 am one sunny November morning.

 

Weaving wool and alpaca scarves

I have just been weaving two wool and alpaca scarves. For the warp I used soft grey lambswool from a small mill in Aberdeenshire and for the weft, my favourite alpaca yarn from Devon. Take a look at how the weaving progresses.

First I warp up the loom, threading the wool through the heddles and tying it to the front beam.

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Then I weave the weft yarn and the scarf begins to grow, slowly being wound around the front beam.

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The second scarf with different colours.

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Once the weaving is finished, the scarves are cut from the loom.

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I am now in the process of finishing the scarves, which involves washing the cloth to sett the fabric, tiding up the ends and making the fringe. In the next blog I will be able to show you the completed scarves ready to put in my shop.

 

Photo shoot of new shawls for my shop.

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I was down on West Sands beach, St Andrews today, taking photographs of some new shawls I’ve woven. Take a look in my shop. It’s a beautiful location for a photo shoot, sandwiched between the sea and the Royal & Ancient golf course. I took the last picture for inspiration. The soft browns, blues and whites would make a lovely wool and alpaca stripy scarf.