Those familiar with Anna Macneil will know that it is a small family business now run by Ruth and her daughter Mary, but was started by Ruth's mother, Barbara Morrison in the 1980s shortly after she moved to the Isle of Lewis. The name Anna Macneil comes from Barbara's middle and maiden names. Sadly, Barbara died on 13th January 2017. She had been house bound for a the last few years, with just the odd little excursion on good days (pictured here at her front door). For the last few months she has been in hospital most of the time having had a succession of falls and then a stroke followed by a heart attack. She will be missed by her family and friends, but she is now at peace.
The workshop will be closed for the next few days while the family are on Lewis for the funeral. We hope to be "back to normal" by 23rd January.
Over the next few months we will be carrying out some improvements to our premises. This may mean that there are occasions when certain processes can't be carried out. For example, at the moment we are fitting a new kitchen at the back of the workshop. This means that we can't make cords for some of our bags and purses because it blocks the long run that we need for twisting the cords. However, most of the time it will be "business as usual". Once all the work is done, it will be a more organised workspace, increased storage for both fabrics and finished products and a bigger retail area. We will keep you posted of developments but if you do happen to call at The Workshop and find us in what looks like a state of chaos, you will understand why.
Picture right is embroidery that will feature on a coat which will soon be winging its way across the Atlantic to a client in America. It features some of our Hebridean Celebration tartan and what you see here will be the front edge of the coat hood.
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.