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June 19, 2016

I am a fan of tweed. You might have noticed.

Two years ago I was struck by the fact that although I am surrounded here in Cumbria by Herdwick sheep, I was buying my tweed from Harris. Don't get me wrong, I love Harris tweed and always will, but I wondered whether anyone was making Herdwick tweed locally. I asked around, came across a couple of companies who were using it but hit a stone wall when i...

April 19, 2016

If you follow me on Facebook you’ll know that at the end of last year I agreed to make purses for an exhibition shop, to accompany a Harris Tweed exhibition here in Cumbria. I am asked regularly if I’d like to stock shops and generally my answer is no, because I just can’t make the stock, at the prices needed, for anyone to make a profit.  This one was different however. I love Harris Tweed and I...

November 3, 2015

I have been teaching bag making workshops now for two years. It was a total leap of faith when Jane at The Eden Workshop asked me to do that first one for her, she didn't know if I could. Neither did I.  

  

In an unusually brave move for me, I accepted her offer thinking 'how hard can it be?' and 'how badly can it go wrong ... really?' and it turns out that it isn't and it doesn't. W...

September 10, 2015

 

 

We have been back from Harris for three weeks now and I always thought I would want to write this instantly. In actual fact, I just couldn't begin it. What Harris is all about can never be summed up by me in a silly blog post, but today on my way back from the school run, in the late summer sun, I thought I would just write my thoughts, now that they have rattled around my mind for a while and a...

July 13, 2015

Its the last week of term and unlike my children, I am approaching it with a mixture of relief and terror. Not having the school run or lunch boxes to make will disproportionately return precious hours to me each day, only to be snatched back by the amount of time I will need to spend a) breaking up ridiculous arguments and b) shuffling mess around the house trying to make it look better without a...

July 6, 2015

 

 

Facebook has been brilliant for me. Lets face it, I wouldn't be here doing this now if it didn't exist. A few years ago I was quite happily going about the day to day chores of bringing up children, with a husband who travelled a lot and a feeling that one day, in the future, I might have to decide what I wanted to do when I grew up.

 

Having hand sewn cushions like mad when I was pregnant, a stit...

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