The weather at the moment is fluctuating between winter, spring and summer. On the left is Tolsta beach on Lewis photographed on 22nd April. Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see the moor on the way across to Carloway just a few days later and covered in snow. These pictures were taken on my latest visit to the island when I bought more tweed and also completed what was on my loom and got it off to the mill at Carloway for washing and stamping. Loom-state tweed is quite hard and rough, but once it has "been through the mill" it comes back with the lovely soft handle we associate with Harris Tweed. Pictured right you can see the selection of colours that are in this latest batch. The tweed should be ready to make into wraps by the end of May.
We were due to have a stall at the Highland Wool & Textile Fair in Pitlochry on 7th May but this event has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience. We will let you know when there are other events where we shall have a presence.
On these pages you will find information about who we are, where we are and what we do. You can browse our online shop or look at pictures of our work. There is more that goes on at the Workshop - we have links to our other websites where you can find out about feltmaking classes, ecclesiastical embroidery or made to measure garments, among other things. We also have links to shops that sell our products and other interesting sites, including how our main fabric - Harris Tweed - is made.
We use technology that spans the centuries - from a 100 year old Hattersley loom for weaving some of the tweed we use through to state-of-the-art embroidery machines and a laser cutting machine. But we do low-tech as well! Everything is hand finished and we are often sitting with piles of hand-sewing to do.
Visit our online shop pages to see our full range of products - wraps, capes, cushions, wallhangings, bags and purses, Christmas decorations and more. Prices range from as little as £4 for a keyring to as much as you can afford for a large one-off wallhanging.