Friday, 11 June 2010

Hebridean Harris Tweed - Finally launched

     Publication of "Events Monthly" saw the launch of our new Hebridean Harris Tweed.  I'm busy warping up the next one just now.  It's taken such a long time to this stage that I can still hardly believe it.  Anyway, next stage is to finish the yarn spun by Shawbost and then collect up this year's fleeces (at the moment most of them are still walking around). The next edition of HHT will bear the "Handspun" stamp as Natural Fibres Ltd in Launceston, Cornwall have said they will supply pre-spun that I can finish off myself and this will fit in with the Harris Tweed Authority rulebook.  Meantime, the little dogs in the picture have gone to those folks who have been so helpful in the project - still one or two to distribute.  And many, many thanks to Martina who gave such a lot of her time in making the little dogs for me, and made such a fantastic job of them.
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Yesterday we went up to Morvern Gallery at Barvas, Lewis, to pick up our felted HHT wrap and hand-made box, also to see Joanne Kaar's excellent exhibition of hand-made paper (much of which has a Scalpay Linen content!).  First time we had been to the gallery, though not quite sure why since it's been around for quite a while.  The cafe is wonderful - really yummy cakes and great coffee. 
On Monday they are taking delivery of a really upmarket and exclusive coffee machine (the Synesso) and to feature the event they are extending an open invitation to the world to visit the Gallery and partake of a complimentary coffee made by the 2007 World Barista Champion, James Hoffman.  But you have to be a bit quick since the event lasts between 10.30 am and 1pm.  As mentioned there is no charge, but a coin box will be there collecting contributions for "Coffee Kids".  So if you're in the area, why not make a day of it up north -  Breanish Tweed, Hebridean Soap Company, Rarebird Studio, Angela Gillespie, Borgh Pottery and many more visitor attractions are all within a stones throw.  The "Inn Between" provides great lunches too.
Grab a free copy of "Events Monthly" for a fabulous 72 page wallow in what's going on in Harris and Lewis for the next month, and have a great time!


donnie said...

fabulous news and story - perseverance pays

Min said...

Brilliant! Pleased to see you getting some press.