Category Archives: Fabrics & Leathers

Hand Making A Credit Card Case

Ever wondered how your credit card case is made? Well it’s an intricate process involving many steps. This video shows one of the steps: Putting the credit card pockets and linings together. As you can see, there is a lot of precise hand work going on and skilled by the eye also. Each piece of…

How to make Harris Tweed part 2

After the yarn has been spun and twisted (see my earlier blog: How to make Harris Tweed part 1) it gets wound onto bobbins which will become the warp (vertical threads) and weft (left to right threads). The Warp threads need to be gathered into a specific colour order because this makes the required pattern…

How to make Harris Tweed part 1

I love using Harris tweed in my designs and a recent visit to the Outer Hebrides cemented my passion for this truly beautiful hand made fabric. The Carloway Mill Annie MacDonald of the Carloway Mill on the Isle of Lewis was kind enough to give me a private tour of the mill, while explaining how…

New Designs: Harris Tweed

Our new Harris tweed designs have come in recently, so here’s a quick preview of one of them. The Harris Tweed Handbag Organiser If you use several handbags, changing over from day to day, to match your outfit, then you need a handbag organiser. With all your essentials in one place, it makes it easy…

International Women’s Day 2018

Today, on International Women’s Day, I’m posting 24 photos of International Women with my designs. Scroll down to see the first 12 here or if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll be seeing all 24 today – one per hour, every hour of the day. If you don’t do Twitter don’t worry, I’ll post the…

Donna Updated

The Donna collection of purses in Donegal tweeds has been updated this season. They now come with a RFID signal blocking card holder (that’s for your contactless payment cards, to prevent them being scanned through your purse) and a clip on/clip off mini coin purse. The fabulous Donegal tweed is hand woven in the far…

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 If you want a super #EthicalFashion handbag, my Harris Tweed collection combines authentic hand-woven Scottish tweed from the crofts…

X is for X-Collection

When one of my designs is no longer in the current range I put it into a file which I’ve labelled ‘X-Collection’. So, today for X, here are some archive photos of my designs from previous years. I’ve written before about how I mostly get inspiration for my designs from the leathers and textiles I…

W is for Wet Blue

Wet blue is the name for the first process for turning animal hides into leather. Chromium salts are used to clean and cure the hide, leaving it a pale blue colour, hence the name. Generally there are two types of tannery. The ones which take the raw hides and transform them into wet blue and…

T is for Trekker

When I designed the Trekker collection of bags, I had ‘busy people on the go’ in mind. The original designs in this range are all made from super durable heavy duty (but not heavy weight) canvas which has been stonewashed to give a softer feel. I then introduced a design in all leather in a…