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One-Off Designs

One-Off Designs

I recently realised that I had now designed and made quite a number of one-off larger bags, each inspired by a painting either by Joan Eardley or FCB Cadell. I thought it would be interesting to gather together photos of some of these bags in one place! The base fabric of each bag has been individually designed according to the painting though adapted for the size of a larger bag; and then machine knit using either Jamieson's of Shetland Spindrift yarn or Iona Wool weaving yarn. Buttons, ribbons, upcycled fabrics, other brand yarns, embroidery and crochet techniques have been used post-blocking to create an...

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My Guide to Edinburgh!

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My Guide to Edinburgh!

My updated and expanded guide to Edinburgh!

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The Natural Dye Workshop

The Natural Dye Workshop

I'm delighted to be taking part in the Maiwa School of Textiles 10-week online dyeing workshop! This incredibly well-supported course takes you through dyeing with wool, silk, cotton, linen and hemp using a variety of natural dyes. Although I have been studying and practising using plant dyes since 2018, I thought this course was too good to miss.  And I was right!  Already we have learnt how Maiwa scour and mordant both protein and cellulose fibres, and also how to organise your studio. Here are a few pictures from the first dye bathes, namely marigold and madder on the right on...

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Knapdale Lichens

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Knapdale Lichens

Knapdale Lichens - a new design highlighting the rich diversity of lichens in the coastal temperate rainforest of Taynish Nature Reserve, Argyll.

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Scrap Packs!

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Scrap Packs!

As part of the Green Review of my business, I have been looking at the textile waste produced from making my project bags, both by myself and by Kalopsia.                     I have previously started making badges out of the knitted fabric waste. But, now I'm also going to be using the larger scraps of lining material which are mainly linen or cotton fabrics from Scottish Linen and from Fabric Focus, my local fabric shop and haberdashery in Edinburgh. I have gathered this waste plus remnants from my own personal sewing to create Scrap Packs! I...

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