I’ve been busy making some now items for my Etsy shop. I’m so pleased with the handwoven Manx tweed. Made in the mill using traditional methods they make perfect winter woolly bags. Ideal as a gift for this Christmas!
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.
‘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.
via cheviot sheep society
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!
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.
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.
I was delighted to read Kate Davies’s blog which I follow regularly, with her reference to Shetland wool week (7 – 13 October). Little did I know this fact! As a lover of Shetland wool & a user of this product in a lot of my handmade items in my Etsy shop I immediately went to the link from her blog! She creates some lovely designs which you can purchase as pdf patterns.
I currently have a number of items in my shop which incorporate this wonderful material.
My sister came to stay last weekend and what a delight it was to receive a gift of these lovely warm striped socks she had knitted as gift for me.
She also has an Etsy shop (Kipperbone) and apart from selling her beautiful hand knitted wrist warmers, scarves and felted phone covers also has a range of vintage items for sale.
I’ve made the first of my ipad bags which is currently for sale in my Etsy shop. It’s suitable for other makes of tablet too! This is the first of more to come and I can also make them to order.