Will let you know when it's actually out...
Very pleased to announce that I will apparently have a nice article with photos about my tweedy stuff in Four Shires magazine in the June issue... Sorry - to explain to those not local to me, it's one of those monthly county glossies, and will hopefully reach my potential customers in Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Gloucestershire. Very strange how the tweeds have developed out of the wedding dress business...strange but true! The article will explain a bit, but the word count is very limiting!
Will let you know when it's actually out...
I'm doing another bit of research about Harris tweed: The questions are, ' Have you ever/do you own(ed) a garment made from Harris tweed? How old is it? Could you state your feelings about it? '
These are some responses I've had so far, but I'd love some more if you could spare a minute or two? (Proper names and manufacturers omitted.)
' I had a Harris tweed jacket when I was a student and loved it. Not very trendy at the time but really well made, and (considering it came from a charity shop) fitted like a glove. Much to my chagrin I left it near a fire to dry and burnt a large hole in it. Feelings? I miss it, boohoo! '
' ***** has just bought me a ********** Harris Tweed and I recently got one with matching waistcoat from *********** but its not Harris Tweed and you can tell the difference ,the Harris Tweed will put up with bad treatment it's warm doesn't crease and is shower resistant. ********** had one when she was a child her grandmother recommended it as her father was a tailor. My dad was also a big fan.'
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.........
Yessssssssss.....at very long last, this website is now ready for the big wide world. And not wishing to bore you any more with technical details, I'll just say that my pernicketyness has held things up, as I don't like to let things go if I'm not reasonably happy with them.
So, new template in hand, I hereby surrender this site to you, the critics...It's not perfect, but I really would drive myself crazy if I tried to make it so - it's been bad enough so far!
Jonny, my husband and resident tec expert, (for those of you who don't know), has done the really difficult stuff, but through watching (and hopefully learning), I've realised that it just takes guts to put some html in and try it, so long as you have all the original copied, so you can restore whatever went wrong. (There I go getting technical again......)
Anyway, here we go, and please let me know if I've missed anything screamingly obvious..... : -)
Have a look at the lovely photos.
Just transferring the blogs I've put up whilst making this website, as they won't automatically transfer to this new template! See below:
Still awaiting the photos, I think we have a postal (DVD being sent) delay....These are of my designs using Scottish and English (Yorkshire) pure wool and cashmere tweeds and checks with nappa leather trims and top quality leather buttons for Atelier Natural History. (Please note that this website is still not officially published yet, but you can have a preview by following the links here. Photos in the gallery page are 'holding' ones only).
This tweed clothing is made to be totally functional (robust, warm and hard wearing), but not traditional in design. There are plenty of companies providing traditional designs for tweed - hacking jackets, breeks, waistcoats, accessories, etc., but Atelier Natural History gives design and cut a breathing space. Stylish women need and want stylish clothing whatever the occasion, surely?!
All designs are lined and with double stitched seams for the trousers. The fabrics are an inspiration in themselves....please see the 'History of Tweed' page for interesting facts about tweed.
Tweedy Photoshoot @ Blenheim
Hello bespoke tweed lovers!
I'm assuming you're reading this because you're a bit of a tweed fan....?
Well, soon I will have the photos from the shoot we did on Monday at Blenheim Palace, and I have a strong feeling that they will be good!
Pretty sure that I had a good team assembled - beautiful model, great photographer, not to mention an amazing location, suggested by said photographer, Pier Corona.
And the garments - two very different jackets and three pairs of trousers, looked really fantastic on Emily, accessorised by her own wonderful flower decorated tweed trilby.
And it didn't rain, OR snow, a perfect day in fact......
O.K., enough for now - will hopefully be back very soon with the actual photos....And once they are here, this Natural History website will be publicly launched!
Web design ??
Well, the background looks great on the tweed website, and I love my logo, and both have taken acres of time to do (I'm not a web design or photoshop expert), BUT.... the logo and the background can't go together because: ..........moth...........woollen fabric........ what does that say to you?! "Your clothes will be attacked by moths if you have stuff designed and made by me"! Oooooooooooooohhhhhhh. I never was a patient person, but I have had to learn how to be. And I have learned that a bit of pre thought would have saved a lot of time. Equivalent of sitting down with paper and pencil, and making a rough sketch of the idea... still on the positive side I've learned loads about html and in THEORY could actually make a website look exactly as I wanted! (note 'theory'). So, I'm still at it.
New Website dedicated to all the tweedy/woolly stuff, and as a result, ANOTHER blog!
Just getting this new tweedy site up and running! Always takes longer than you think.... testing the blog page here.
I love all sorts of fabrics for different reasons, but pure wool and tweeds, cashmere, merino, herdwick, and alpaca yarns....they are all fabulous in their own right, in their own way. And this latest site is all about my designs and commissions for clothing that uses these. I thought that this aspect of my business, which developed unintentionally through one of my wedding customers, deserved a site to itself - a page on my Atelier Wedding Dress website was only confusing really to the wedding dress contingent!
More soon, will let you know when it's ready to see.
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