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This is a really great blog from a fantastic website. What I love about the whole Harris tweed thing is that it really comes across as non glitzy (although the quality of the goods is toppest of top notch!), it's understated, and seriously promotes the best possible quality. They obviously have great advertising and promotion people, and they are doing a great job of maintaining the appeal of traditional, quality style through non gushing, but interestingly informative text and amazingly good photographs. Please have a look if you love top quality goods that should last a lifetime. 'Cheap stuff' and the the 'throwaway society' don't appeal much to me!
Ooooooooh, just found these online, and I do love them.....not surprising, as they are by RocketDog, a pair of who's lovely vinyl plaid short boots I already own! I guess I could customise some exisiting shoes with tweed, but making shoes from scratch I've never done. (With the exception of some calf-high moccasins I once made from an old sheepskin jacket. I loved them until they disintegrated....)
On the other hand, hats I have made before, which gets my brain going re the tweed.....as far as accessories go, in existence already, there's the colsca, the 'bagamuffin' - (combination of bag and muff) now in the design drawing stage, and now the hat.... not to mention the fingercuff, in thought process now.
Any requests or suggestions please feel free to contact me in reply to this, or through the contact page of Atelier Natural History, my website for the tweeds.
The patchwork tweed coat with beautiful, unvarnished, resin scented buttons from Helsinki is approaching completion. See the buttons here. Photos of course when it's all finished....
Just to give you a bit of information about google searches and this site..
Before I made this separate website for the tweed clothing, I had a page on my wedding dress site: www.bobbiesroom.co.uk, just so I could have somewhere to show these designs, alongside the wedding dresses - incongruous as that may seem!
As this dedicated tweed website is now up and running, I firstly made the original page invisible on bobbiesroom.co.uk, but then I realised that it was coming up on google searches for 'bespoke tweed outdoor clothing', so a bit confusing to potential customers. I then deleted said page, but it still comes up on a google search.
It may disappear in time (well, I hope so), but if you are looking for tweed and the wedding dress site comes up, please just scroll down to the bottom of each page, and you'll see a link for the tweeds. And vice versa, if you are looking for wedding dresses, and you happen on a page talking about tweed, then apologies please just go to www.bobbiesroom.co.uk
Ohhhh, sorry about this! Am now about to contact my server to see what can be done.
Waiting for a delivery of some special tweeds, some big plaid for a collar on a plainer tweed coat one of my students is making, and some for meeeeee!!!!! It's the snowflake design. Was very hard to choose from so many fabulous designs, but you have to go with the one you keep going back to....and I know it's not what you think of as being 'tweed' but this was it :-) This is a jaquard weave (two layers, woven together). Only problem now is finding time to make what I want to make.....I have a short coat for myself that's been 3/4 made for weeks! See below.
Other work in progress is the aforementioned coat, just the collar and lining to do. So near and yet so far! Here's a picture or two: ,
From the Harris Tweed authority website: http://www.harristweed.org/blog/
Follow the link above for an amazingly good website, that of the Harris tweed authority, which I've only just started to look at, but phew! It looks totally comprehensive, with great quality images, and well written too. Even if you're not particularly interested in tweed as such, it's a mine of information about British culture, fashion, history and even agriculture! Read on.........
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