Our much needed refurbishment work is progressing more or less to plan and we expect to be opening our door once again at the start of March. We have completed the attic so have been able to move a lot of our fabrics upstairs. The new tartan carpet has been fitted in the shop area and a plain one in the sewing area but we still have to get the vinyl flooring down in other parts of The Workshop and we are just doing some sorting and organising the shop layout. Below is a photograph (taken mid February) showing that we now have the sewing machines back in action so are able to do some work again. It will be another couple of weeks before new items start appearing in our online shop.
The picture on the right shows the new carpet, the curtains for the new fitting room and the front door of the shop. If you are in the area after 1st March, do come and visit us to see the changes. For the first week (2nd till 9th March) we plan to be geared up to show visitors around - demonstrate the loom, embroidery machines and our various other activities. You never know, you might even be offered a cup of coffee!
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.