As my shelves fill up with some lovely Harris Tweed, it is being taken down to be cut and sent around the world. It is fantastic to see the growing list of countries that my Harris Tweed is reaching.
When I am loading a warp onto my loom, rather than weaving the entire length in one weft colour, I enjoy matching and contrasting colours, to achieve different patterns and effects in the tweed.
With an oatmeal cream warp, interwoven with wefts of deep purple, or a combination of russet red and blue, form a tweed that although in the same range, has a very different appearance
In a 4×4 Herringbone with a two tone warp of pale green and apple green.
I was weaving this in the summer months when the sun was bringing out the beautiful blues of the sea, and the grasses on the machair were at their deepest green with hints of bluey purple flowers. To get this back on a cold winters day made me smile and think of summer days.
An Apple green warp with a weft of warm lilac hues, aqua blues, earthy browns, rock grey and green grass.
A light green warp with a hint of yellow is complemented with shades of blue, from cornflower to navy and a length of self- coloured green/yellow. It is not very often that I have sufficient yarn left over to weave a reasonable length of self-coloured fabric but is a versatile spring colour.
Yesterday I took a tweed to be finished at the mill where I decided to try and use up some of my smaller cones of yarn making some lovely striped blankets of tweed which can be made into throws, wall hangings or cut up for individual projects.
An example of the blanket I made when weaving the WA21-H range.
WA21-H Range has a bubble gum pink warp with a choice of a white or purply blue weft.
The next roll TW21-D Range was part of a pattern that I had returned last year and was very popular with my customers. One warp with different colour combinations in the weft from warm mulberry to soft pink, grey blue to baby blue and russet red to peaty brown
HB822 – D01 & HB422 – D01
The first tweed back was a classic blue/black 4×4 and 8×8 herringbone. I had weaved this before and it was a very popular combination both for accessories and fashion I had it made in to a bomber jacket as shown.