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!