Fabulous Florence

Florentine Church

Florentine Church

Florence Inspired Skirt

Florence Inspired Skirt

Another of my favourite projects was based on a visit to Florence which was very inspirational. I fell in love with the amazing churches and based by Skirt project on the things I photographed and drew.

Also I discovered Reverse Applique – a technique which is still a favourite so you can be sure that in my future work I will be creating new Reverse Applique items, using my naturally-dyed fabrics and inspired by buildings and landscapes.

Arched Walkway - Florence

Arched Walkway – Florence

Visit my New Folksy Shop

Joanne Shewan Textiles Folksy Shop

Beautiful handmade and naturally dyed pure wool scarves

Beautiful handmade and naturally dyed pure wool scarves

 After months of deliberation (and avoidance) I have finally sorted out my initial foray in online selling.

As a starting point I eventually decided to give Folksy – the place to buy handmade gifts and craft supplies and for British designers and makers to sell their work – a try.

It was very easy and my new shop is now up and running so I hope you will make a quick visit and check it out.

JoanneShewan Folksy Shop

Look for this label

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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Spring/Summer Colour Palette

I am working on pieces for my Spring/Summer collection and am currently focussing on the colour palette.

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These pieces were dyed with St John’s Wort (which I picked and dried myself) and with purchased walnut leaves.  Most of the colour variations have been achieved by length and temperature of dyeing on Bute and Soft Donegal wool.Picture 630

Contemporary Textiles Fair

Yey! Just booked Stand 4 at Landmark’s Contemporary Textiles Fair in Teddington 8-10 March. Excited and nervous at the same time – hope visitors like my work.

Excellent news but now comes the hard work building up sufficient stock levels.

Contemporary Textiles Fair

Also entering Luton Hoo Walled Garden Open so no time for Standing and Staring for me!


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New Style Harris Tweed Handbag

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My newly re-designed Tulip Bag. This one is the first I have kept for myself so not for sale!

This range comprises one-off, handmade Harris Tweed handbags with my own unique knitted and naturally dyed embellishments.

More stock and colourways coming soon at £75 plus p&p.