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Today is TWEED DAY
LET’S ADOPT IT IN THE UK!
Well – missed it! Yesterday was Tweed Day in America (but it might not be linked to our fantastic fabric.) However, think we should adopt a Tweed Day anyway – we need to celebrate what we are actually good at. Perhaps it could coincide with the London (or other) Tweed Run? What do you think? If you like the idea please spread the word.
Another Fantastic Harris Tweed Film!
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Fantastic support for our fabulous Harris Tweed industry. Loving this revival – long may it last.
My running commentary on London has gotten a little sidetracked…
Let’s just say, we are temporarily moving north; Scotland to be precise…to the Isle of Lewis.
You are probably asking yourself, “why the heck is she taking us there”?
Many years ago, when I was working for Christian Lacroix, one of his early Haute Couture and subsequent Ready to Wear collections featured Harris tweeds.
His inspiration stemmed from a sports jacket (similar to the one below) he owned, which was made up from a patchwork of tweed fabrics.
It was this interpretation which found its way into some of his most creative Ready to Wear collections in the early 90’s.
Today, tweed is finding itself back in fashion. If truth be told, it never quite went out of fashion, it just became less fashionable.
The definition of Harris Tweed, is a tweed cloth which has been hand woven by…
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Peter Roy from Knockando Woolmill on Working with Wool…
At the start of this phase of WOVEMBER (Working with Wool) we mentioned Knockando Woolmill as a fantastic example of what can be achieved when one works both with wool and about wool. Working with Wool can of course be a purely practical decision based on its special material properties, but as we learnt from Kate Davies in her recent Q&A with WOVEMBER, WOOL is also intrinsically bound up with the social, political and cultural histories of the UK. If you work with wool anywhere in Britain it is possible to deliberately highlight the connection between what you’re doing and that long, rich heritage. Knockando Woolmill is a fine example of a place that is both producing woollen cloth, and maintaining its connections with the past.
Then… Duncan Stewart at work in the weaving shed (courtesy of Graham Stewart)
Then… Hugh Jones weaving on the Dobcross loom
Now… story and…
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Lewis People 2
Dave Eastwood at Ravenstar B&B and Forge making a beautiful fire poker – so skilled.
Some of the other residents on the Ravenstar croft.
Jane and Dave our lovely hosts who really made us feel at home. Fantastic setting, delicious breakfasts, comfortable rooms and relaxing lounge – what more could you ask for?