I try to create products that are contemporary, quirky and fun and these are often made from very traditional Scottish fabrics, tartan and tweeds. I use simple sewing techniques to produce practical good quality products but which are sculptural and exciting to use and wear. My Handbag designs are all named around traditional Scottish words giving them a unique, descriptive and fun element that relates to the style and construction of the handbag – for instance, Skeeries, Fantooshes, Pauchles and Nebbies. They are all made in 2 sizes, “Wee or Muckle” and as a result, my trademark product is aptly named a “Wee Skeerie”.
Mum – Is that another vintage tablecloth? You know your children will never keep that clean.
Me – I know, I know. I’m going to add it to my fabric stash.
Mum – You mean the random piles of fabric threatening to engulf the spare room?
Me – Yes. One day I’ll find the perfect colour combination or style and give all these forgotten bits of fabric a new life.
Mum – Yes dear.
Ha Ha, with the addition of a badge machine I’m finally turning the fabric mountain into lovely things. Told you mum.
Artist & Printmaker
Miri, unique accessories, jewellery and cards designed by artist and printmaker Katy Webster. ’Miri’ means ‘fun’ or ‘celebration’ in Welsh and is the inspiration behind the designs.
Designer Maker of handwoven textiles
Jan Beadle designs and makes contemporary woven textiles for fashion, interiors and accessories. Much of her work involves experimenting with different weave structures to see how they distort when manipulated and felted to create individual handcrafted pieces. Although specialising in weaving she also enjoys incorporating felting, knitting and many off loom techniques into finished pieces. Jan has over 25 years experience in the textile field working in Higher Education running a Constructed Textile Resource at University of Cumbria, formally Cumbria Institute of the Arts. Jan now concentrates full time making and exhibiting her own work. She is well accustomed to getting the very best out of students having worked with BA and MA students studying Contemporary Applied Arts, so is now able to offer specialised weave courses for a wide range of abilities.
Carlenrig Farm is a hill sheep farm in the heart of the Scottish Borders and is the inspiration for an exciting new range of interior accessories, gifts and cards created by Pat Douglas. With a lifelong love of textiles, a passion for interiors and a large Georgian Farmhouse to furnish, Pat has naturally turned her hand to a wide variety of handicrafts including fine embroidery, patchwork and appliqué. Combining these skills and experience with her natural eye for style, Pat designs and produces each piece individually from vintage, recycled and locally sourced fabrics and trims.
I spent many years studying and exploring ceramics, but the moment i started experimenting with wool, i was hooked. It’s a lovely natural material to work with and i’m particularly drawn to its textural and sculptural qualities. I use a process called needle felting to create my birds and beasts. I use a special needle with tiny notches that catches and binds the fibres together. Each piece is sculpted by hand and takes hours to make.
I took up weaving when I retired more than ten years ago and weave at home in Lochmaben in south west Scotland. My loom is a Dutch Louet Megado Compu dobby with sixteen shafts and I use the pro weave software to design my patterns and drive the loom. My preference is to weave using finer natural yarns especially pure silk or a mixture of silk and fine merino wool. I weave limited numbers of exclusive scarves and shawls and occasionally cotton tea towels.