The re-birth of the handmade – Liberty and Harris tweed
Posted on: May 29, 2015
Makedomenders do appreciate a good bit of cloth and almost all our craft workshops involve a little or a lot of sewing. The best part of my job as tutor and owner of the best little craft company in my world is helping people to enjoy and appreciate the world of handmade.
Much of my work involves listening to the radio while I prepare for weekend hen parties or making up the lovely memory quilts and bunting that comes home with me from these workshops! Yesterday was no exception and I loved to hear this piece on BBC World at One about the renaissance of the Harris tweed industry far up in the north of Scotland.
I’ve used a lot of Harris tweed making coats and jackets for myself and I really appreciate that another human hand went into the making of this iconic fabric. Another company that celebrate the skill that only craftsmen can bring is Liberty of London and I have a special interest as my daughter is the Production Coordinator for Liberty Fabrics. The designs are all in-house and the manufacture is still very much in the hands of the experts with centuries old skills and technology. I love to use the beautiful Tana Lawn fabric, as I did recently in this little pin-tuck blouse.
The Makedomenders work very hard to let everyone who comes to our craft worskhop parties have a chance to appreciate and respect the quality and craft of the handmade.