My own celebration of Tweed! A true Harris Tweed jacket – which tells the story of this fantastic traditional industry and its unique link to the landscape and lifestyle – given a new life with a contemporary twist.
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I was recently asked by the fabulous Audacious Huxley for my definition of tweed. I thought that the answer would be easy and obvious, until I actually thought about it. Just parroting the usual Oxford dictionary description; “a rough surfaced woolen cloth, typically of mixed fleck colours, originally produced in Scotland.” or giving the standard origin story regarding tweed being a misreading of the word twill, whilst all true it seemed an empty answer.
I believe that tweed is a fabric steeped in British Heritage and so for me must be made in the United Kingdom or Ireland. I know that many great Mills around the world make a tweed fabric to different levels of quality, some rather good but to me they are not tweed. When buying a tweed garment surely part of the appeal is the heritage and the story it tells.
Tweed must be at least 80% wool or it is not tweed!…
This Blog and her related Etsy Shops are definitely worth a visit. Her work is so beautiful and inspiring – another designer-maker who I am jealous of!
I have been thinking about direct dyeing/printing from plants for a long time and this only makes me even more keen to try this out. I am wondering how I can use natural dyeing and plant prints, combined with stitch, to interpret my fabulous Harris land and seascapes.
BUT this plan will have to wait as I am busy at the moment working on a couple of commissions and preparing for my pre Christmas show – details to follow shortly.
Paulette’s husband was really helpful and spent ages discussing their business with me and giving me advice, I thought he was extremely generous in sharing his knowledge and really appreciated the time he gave me. Paulette also designs her own tweeds so I was particularly fascinated to see their colour blanket, woven on her selected warp, which shows the results of using a huge range of different weft threads.