British Wool Week 2016

This week (10-16) October is Wool Week in the UK. It’s a time to celebrate the wonderful wool we make in the British Isles, so here are some of my woolly photos from 2016.

Harris Tweed

Shona Easton Grey Harris Tweed HH

If you want a super #EthicalFashion handbag, my Harris Tweed collection combines authentic hand-woven Scottish tweed from the crofts of the Isle of Harris with giving employment to nearly all the women of a village in rural India.

I send the tweed I buy to my workshop in India and they hand-craft each bag or purse, one by one. It took me a while to impress upon them, how special this tweed is and how careful they must be with it but now they totally get it and we don’t waste an inch. After all its almost the same price as leather!

Fine Highland Tweed

3 tweed bags

These fine tweets come from Johnston’s of Elgin and are woven in their Highland mill.

Handmade to High Tech

Johnston’s also have a mill in Hawick, in the Scottish borders and I was fortunate enough to get a private tour earlier this year.

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Their brand new super high tech knitting machine was still being tested when I saw it. It will be used to make the finest quality cashmere knitted garments.

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These cashmere gloves were yet to be hand finished and then washed. It’s the washing part of the process that gives the cashmere it’s softness.

Wool On The Farm
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If you want to try spinning your own wool, I might know a sheep farmer or 3 🙂

Are you wearing British wool this week?

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