Vanessa Arbuthnott Fabrics

My earthy range of Harris Tweed is woven exclusively for me on the small islands of Harris and Lewis. The tweeds are woven using 100% Scottish Wool and are soft and beautiful. 

The colours are amazing, seeming alone colour until you look closely and see that they are made from many soft colours all reminiscent of the natural landscape.

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Vanessa Arbuthnott Fabrics

My earthy range of Harris Tweed is woven exclusively for me on the small islands of Harris and Lewis. The tweeds are woven using 100% Scottish Wool and are soft and beautiful. 

The colours are amazing, seeming alone colour until you look closely and see that they are made from many soft colours all reminiscent of the natural landscape.

Rose my daughter visited  the Ise of Harris for me and she writes: " I jouneyed around the west coast of Scotland painting land and seascapes in my camper van called Patrick. Accompanied by my friend Jess, I took the long road to Ullapool with a view to reaching a far flung book festival in Stornoway in the Isle of Lewis. We took the early ferry srrounded by beautiful sea light, the entire bay was in twinkling shade. We embarked on the hunt for Harris Tweed, driving all the way around  the mountainous  Isle of Harris and also Lewis, with scattered homes in little bays bewtween an abundance fo sheep covered hillocks. We visited the home looms, little sheds next to the houses (hence the phrase' home  spun') selecting samples of beautiful colours reflective of the landscape: bracken, sea, sky and storm.."

 

The Harris Tweed weavers are all self-employed individuals who work from home, often weaving and crofting go together. Crofters maintain a smallholding raising sheep, a few cattle, grow vegetables and subsidise their income with weaving. A lifestyle so far rem oloverwsoved from city life it is hard to comprehend, it works both ways. Very different worlds come together in the weaving and manufacturing of Harris Tweed products and to the benefit of all.

Those articles abound on the Internet, in newspapers and magazines describing Harris Tweed as the only fabric in the world to be protected by its own act of parliament are true. It is also true that each tweed length has been handwoven by islanders at their homes in the Outer Hebrides, finished in the Outer Hebrides, and made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides. This is what gives each item of genuine Harris Tweed the right to display the famous Orb logo, if the logo isn't there then it isn't Harris Tweed.

To include some tweed in your room, adds wonderful texture and an earthy feel. It particularly suits cushions of which we can make for you through our made to measure service.

We hold a good stock of all our fabrics ensuring delivery is usually within 3-5 working days with an overnight service available. The same team, who take you order will roll, inspect and cut it, so accuracy and quality can be assured.