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It’s official! I am now Flax and Loom!

I am no longer trading as The Cosy Bag Company. I am now trading as Flax and Loom.

My shop and new website have gone live (from 1 January 2015), so please keep following me by heading over to the new site flaxandloom.co.uk  You will find my shop to purchase my unique handmade products, information about my workshops and my blog too! Hope you will visit!

Have a wonderful 2015.

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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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Tweeds & Weeds

I have to confess my favourite season is autumn, so feeling that morning chill in the air, despite the fact that it is still only August, does bring a smile of contentment to my face. I have been harvesting the fruits of my labour collecting vegetables from my tiny ‘potager’ (well I can dream can’t I!) It had become a little overgrown with weeds but an hour or so of digging & tidying the plot revealed a lovely selection of vegetables for my plate. Nothing nicer than homegrown produce.IMG_1774

 

 

 

 

 

 

The moment September is appearing on the horizon I turn to my workroom, hunting through my hoards of woollen fabrics to inspire me to create a new winter range of items for my Etsy shop. Lavender, which I collected from my garden when it was at its peak a fews weeks ago, now ready to fill my little Scottish tweed hearts. Two new wool shoulder bags and a scarf in this beautiful Zoffany wool fabric all ready to add to my shop.

 

 

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Happy New Year!

The New Year has started well with  my  ‘Next Stitch’ intermediate bag making workshop.  I’m itching now to start some new IMG_2931style workshops for this year.IMG_2944IMG_2938

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How many of you have got a new sewing machine, with every intention of becoming a sewing bee, but are reluctant to admit – it’s still sitting in its box unopened! Perhaps you just need that little push to make a News Years resolution to brush off the dust and read through the guidance notes and begin your first project! Hmmm –  all well and good, but sometimes, you just need that little extra help.

Look no further! I will be running the first of my ‘Back to Basics’ in February. This is a great opportunity to learn how to use a machine for the first time, so you can plan some simple projects for the Spring. My new bunting making workshop will be a good place to start or perhaps a cushion cover workshop? All my workshops are listed on my ‘Which Workshops is Best for Me’ page. For images of recent workshops go to my blog here.


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Lavender fields of West Sussex!

Well not quite! The lavender in my garden has reached the point when it’s at its best for picking for drying. Just at the point when the flower is ready to open, so you have to time it perfectly.  Each summer,  I pick and dry my lavender in readiness for my handmade lavender bags.

My local village fete is taking place next weekend, & so in anticipation, I collected a basket full last weekend and left it in my garden shed to dry. I had made a batch of ‘lavender stacks’ as I call them (little stacks of 3 bags tied together with ribbon) ready for filling, so I spent  Sunday  finishing these ready for sale. Such a pleasurable task as the relaxing sent of lavender filled the air!IMG_1463IMG_1462IMG_1614IMG_1613