Based in Edinburgh, Woolly Originals uses domestic knitting machines to create bags for crafters and artists to use for their projects and for their tools.
The bag designs are based on a range of ideas and inspiration: Scottish wildflowers & trees; organic fruit orchards; Scandinavian & Shetland star motifs; the volcanic landscapes of Iceland; the Scott Monument on Princes Street in Edinburgh; or the trainee women astronauts of the Mercury 13 program!
Wools from Jamieson's of Shetland are mainly used to create the outer Woolly fabric. Scottish Linen in Kirkcaldy, Fife and Fabric Focus in Edinburgh provide the linen or cotton lining fabrics. Buttons, ribbons, upcycled fabrics, other brand yarns, embroidery and crochet techniques may be used to create or decorate limited edition Woolly Originals bags. We do not use superwash wool or yarns that contain nylon.
Kalopsia, a social enterprise company in Leith, Edinburgh sew up some of the bags for Woolly Originals. I chose to use this company because waste management, micro manufacturing, ethical production, sustainability, the love of textiles, and combining innovation with tradition all play an important part in Kalopsia's business ethos.
Photographs of Woolly Originals' work can also be viewed on Instagram and Twitter as @woollyoriginals.