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, but all tell a story: Scottish plants at risk due to climate change; organic fruit orchards in East Lothian; Scandinavian & Shetland star motifs; the volcanic landscapes of Iceland; the iconic Scott Monument on Princes Street in Edinburgh; the international work of the RNLI to provide swimming lessons; or the trainee women astronauts of the Mercury 13 program in the 1960s!
Undyed wools from Jamieson's of Shetland are mainly used to create the outer Woolly fabric, most of which I have plant dyed. Linen from Ireland or Scotland and upcycled fabrics 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 Dunfermline, Fife 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.