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The birth of Flax & Loom….

As mentioned a little while ago, shortly I will be producing my handmade products under a new name….. Flax & Loom. I love working with natural wool and linen fabrics and have recently developed a passion for using handwoven Manx wool from the Isle of Man. The fabric is produced at the only woollen mill now existing on the island and they still use the traditional methods of weaving.

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‘The Laxey Woollen Mills were established in 1881 by a Lancashire silk weaver called Egbert Rydings, who wanted to revive the traditional skills of woollen spinning and handloom weaving. With the support of prominent Victorian artist and writer John Ruskin and his Guild of St George the mills were converted from a corn mill to a water-powered woollen mill.’ My ethos is to produce mainly one-off bags, that are high quality. As the mill produces some limited edition fabrics, this fits in perfectly with my ideas on design. They use wool from the native breeds of sheep for their fabrics – Cheviot and Shetland.

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via cheviot sheep society

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via the Hebridean sheep society

They have recently introduced the use of wool from some native rare breeds too – Loaghtan and Hebridean, which produce more natural coloured fabric that is thicker and warmer for winter projects which are ideal for my handmade bags….. ….so, by January 2015 …….. Flax & Loom!


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Christmas gift making workshops

Fri 28 & Sat 29 November, Fri 5 December and Sat 6 December 

Cosy Christmas gift making workshops will be running again this year. Come along and enjoy the company of others to make some lovely personalised gifts for friends and family, or to make some decorations for your own home. If it’s cold outside I will have the log burner to keep you warm, whilst enjoying mulled wine & mince pies to get you in to the festive spirit!

The options to make this year will be:

Option 1

Drawstring bags – small, medium or large. You choose the size to suit the type of bag you want to make.

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You can design your bag to specifically suit the person you are making it for – anything from a child’s PE bag or laundry bag (make it really personal with the name and perhaps things they like appliquéd on) to a pretty slipper bag or lingerie bag for a friend, or even a laundry bag for your mans sports gear!

Option 2

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Tea & coffee cosies – the perfect gift for tea or coffee lovers!

Option 3

Lavender hearts or bags

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Option 4

Buntings – either seasonal to decorate your home this Christmas, or as a gift for any time of year, or perhaps for a child’s room

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Option 5

Handmade brooches

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