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Read Katie’s Story

Autumn Memories

It doesn’t take long to see that Feather & Hay weaves textiles with a story. I spend much of my time outdoors seeking the feel of a place, soaking up the stories it has to tell, collecting photos, and art to inspire what I go on to create. Whilst I weave the story unfolds, only finding completion when the textile belongs in the hands of another.

When I get to collaborate, it brings another dimension of meaning. I am not just interpreting my own emotion and connection but listening, investing and weaving together the imagination of another. Creating for someone else is a trust and a gift and I always feel the honour and delight of being allowed to turn their ideas into fabric.  

Katie’s story wasn’t just about connecting with nature but as a commemoration to her wonderful Autumn loving mum.

“I first came across Feather and Hay when I was searching for a baby blanket for my first niece. I decided on a stunning rainbow hearts blanket, and when it arrived I loved it. I remember gifting it to my sister at her baby shower. We had to hold the baby shower quite early on in my sister’s pregnancy because our mum had terminal cancer and we didn’t know how long she had. A few months later Mum passed away, just days before my niece was born.

A year or so later, I decided that I wanted to give gifts to my dad, my two sisters and my grandmother in remembrance of Mum. I remembered that Feather and Hay offered the possibility of custom items and so I decided I would contact Georgina to ask her if she would make me a set of scarves. Mum loved autumn. In her last letter to me, she wrote that she knew I’d be thinking of her when the leaves begin to turn. Actually, I still think about her every day, but especially in the autumn. So, my idea was to ask Georgina to make some scarves inspired by autumn to remind all of us of Mum.

I wanted each one to have lots of different autumn colours, and for each to be slightly different. I asked Georgina if she would be able to help, and she replied that she would love to. The first thing Georgina suggested was for me to have a look at her Instagram posts for inspiration for patterns. I sent her several screenshots, and from those Georgina suggested some weave patterns and colour examples. Georgina suggested that we could use the same warp (in lots of different autumnal colours) and pattern for all of the scarves, and then use a different single weft colour for each different scarf. That way, they’d be tied together as a set, but each would look slightly different. I chose crackle weave as the pattern to use, as it reminded me a bit of fallen leaves.

Once we’d decided on the pattern and the colour scheme for the warp, Georgina sent me lots of drafts with different coloured wefts. After much thought, we decided on brown, black, dark green, copper and a deep red. Then we discussed fibres. I decided on cotton for the black and brown, and tencel for the green, cooper and red. Then, it went on to the loom! Georgina sent me lots of photos as the weaving progressed, which was really exciting to see.”

The final results are truly beautiful – even better than I could have hoped. I love that I had input at every step of the process – it makes them so special and personal. My dad, sisters and grandmother were all blown away by them, and treasure them. Mum would have loved them too. I always think of her when I wear my scarf. The whole process was really quite cathartic, and I am so grateful to Georgina for bringing my idea to life with such skill, creativity and sensitivity. I have since bought another baby blanket and scarf from Georgina (you can never have too many!). She has a wonderful talent and produces such beautiful things.”

Thank you to Katie for sharing her story <3

Do you have a story?

Work with Feather & Hay to create fabric based on your own personal story or inspiration. Comission a range of hand woven textiles from scarves to baby wraps and fabric by the metre.

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May 2019

  1. By entering this competition, you agree to the following Term &Conditions.
  2. This competition is open to those aged 18 years or over.
  3. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, approved or affiliated with Facebook/Instagram.
  4. This giveaway opens at 11am on the 17th May 2019 and closes on 30th May at 8pm. 
  5. The competition prize is to become a Feather & Hay brand ambassador and be part of a photo shoot in the Highlands of Scotland with Kristy Ashton from The Auld Romantics. The photo shoot includes a selection of the final images. Transport to and from Glencoe are not included in the prize.
  6. The Auld Romantics and Feather & Hay retain the rights to all images taken and the right to use them for promotional purposes.
  7. To enter please make sure you have added your full name, postal address, mobile number and then sent your clear unfiltered photo, name and 30 words or less to fandhweaving@gmail.com
  8. Images submitted for entry need to be a clear photograph of the entrant. The image/s provided must belong to the individual submitting them. Please do not infringe the copyright of any third party or laws.
  9. The copyright of any images submitted remains with the respective entrant however by providing the image/s as an entry each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to Feather & Hay and The Auld Romantics to feature any or all of the images in publications, websites and/or in promotional material connected with this competition.
  10. Information collected via your entry is used to make contact about the competition. You can unsubscribe at anytime via the link at the bottom of the competition emails.
  11. Incorrect entries will not be counted. No responsibility will be taken for lost entries: proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt.
  12. To enter please make sure you have added your full name, postal address, mobile number and then sent your clear unfiltered photo, name and 30 words or less to fandhweaving@gmail.com
  13. The winner will be selected by Feather & Hay and The Auld Romantics based on the suitability to represent the ethos of our brands. The judges decision is final.

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VIP PHOTOS

Exclusive photo collection from the latest warp for VIPs only

All of the above fabric will be made available to buy in the coming weeks in the form of scarves, shawls, baby wraps and fabric in smaller sizes

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Fibres in Hand Woven Textiles

5 samples sent out every month to mailing list subscribers

The quality of fibres is a very important element to Feather & Hay’s process. I find natural, eco friendly fibres create long lasting textiles that look and feel beautiful. I often hand weave vegan options and am transparent about the fibres and processes that go into making your hand woven pieces.

Join the mailing list to be in with the chance of receiving 1 of 5 samples every month. This not only provides a guide to the fibres used but the blending of fibres and the impact of weave patterns on the finished textiles. The samples are limited and shared only with those on our mailing list. Use the button above to Join now.

The types of fibres
Animal

When it comes to choosing a wool or hair there are many options such as Merino, Cashmere, Baby Alpaca, Camel, Fine Lambswool and more. I aim to buy yarns that are soft to touch and kind against the skin as well as cruelty free. I am always on the search for local yarns and buy from the UK. This will mean that some fibres orginate from the UK others may be spun and/or dyed here after being sourced elsewhere.

Plant

There are lots of exciting blends made from plant fibres. Feather & Hay uses traditional yarns such as Cotton and Linen but is venturing into new cellulose based fibre yarns such as Rose, Tencel, Nettle, Banana and Pineapple.

Sheen

There are fibre choices such as Silk, Tencel and Bamboo that will give a textile sheen. Feather & Hay often uses fibres like this in the weft and sometimes the warp. There are many silk blends that give the benefits of sheen with other qualities such as strength or drape.

Sustainable

Feather & Hay considers the impact of fibres on the environment. When choosing quality yarns Feather & Hay looks for the sustainable choice. This is becoming easier to do with the introduction of cellulose blends (see above) and customers will see more and more sustainable textiles emerge in future.

Feather & Hay can discuss ideas and options if you are considering commissioning a hand woven textile.

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Mother's Day 


6 gorgeous gift ideas for a country loving Mum

Its nearly Mother's Day (31st March) and Feather & Hay has been thinking what are the best gifts to give a country loving mum? One that enjoys time outdoors, respects the environment around her and seeks the simplicity and beauty of our natural world. Here are 6 gorgeous gifts from the simple to the totally beautiful. F&H will help you pick a winner (even if you're treating yourself - we won't tell!)

1. A Pretty Posy

It doesn't have to be the biggest, most expensive bunch.

A thoughtful posy is best: choose flowers that she has enjoyed before, or pick the flowers linked to her own or her children's birthday months. 



2. Organic Lavender Bud Pillows

Eco-friendly and natural a delightfully scented pillow, made with hand woven fabric that is not only sustainably made but beautiful to look at and touch. Give a little reminder of summer for the scent of Lavender. 

3. A Craft Kit

Do you have a mum who likes to make her own country inspired items for the house?

Try a F&H Textile Art Kit. Choose a unique and eco-friendly hand woven fabric in her favourite colour and a cut out mount. Then let her be in control of the finished look!

4. Notebook for sketching

A notebook to sketch, collect flower and spring-growth notes or write her own poetry!

This notebook will beat them all because it is gorgeous to look at, is made by a collaboration of British artisans AND is an eco-friendly and sustainable choice. It has been made totally by hand. 

5. A Hand Woven Scarf

This one really IS a one-off gift. F&H only makes limited design runs linked to especially chosen inspiration. Hand weaving isn't uniformed like machine woven products each piece will have its quirks and individuality.  Be safe in the knowledge Mum will be wandering through the countryside with a unique accessory chosen especially for her. 

Not only that but F&H uses traditional equipment and slow processes to minimise the impact on our environment and ensure the beauty and longevity of the textile. Owning this scarf helps to respect the countryside she knows and loves. 

Each Feather & Hay is designed with a story to tell, inspired by nature, the landscape or the seasonal flow of country living. 

6. Time Outdoors

Once you've given her the beautiful and thoughtful gift it is time to get outdoors.

She loves being out in nature so make sure you're spending time with her in her favourite place. Pack her a flask of something, perhaps some biscuits or cake, maybe a raincoat too (We are talking British countryside!) and go enjoy time together. 

 We've made it easy with a Mother's Day Market on Facebook

Whether you're buying for your mother, grandmother or even treating yourself, we've put together a tempting selection of gifts she's bound to adore. Join the event HERE

And don't forget to join the....

Giveaway

Pop over to Facebook and tell us who you think is a special mum or show us your Mum photos to be in with the chance to win a £10 voucher to spend in the market. 


Celebrating Mum 

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Textile Art Kit






Choose Fabric

Take a piece of fabric and check the size and direction you would like to place it behind the cut out. 

Trim

Trim the piece to fit the cut out shape. This is a good time to consider embroidery or embellishments. Check there are no gaps by placing the cut out over the top before securing.

Secure

Secure your finished fabric, with the double sided sticky tape, onto the backing card. Make a rectangle with the sticky tape. Stick the top and bottom of the fabric first, creating tension and then secure the sides. 

Check

Place the cut out over the top to check everything is in place, adjust if needed.

Add Cut Out

Add double sided sticky tape along each edge of the backing piece, making a rectangle again. secure the cut out over the top.

You can finish the edges with a clear tape or a fun washi tape by folding it over each side. 

Finished Textile Art

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Weaving Videos

Take a look at how the Feather & Hay textiles are made with these short videos. Is there anything you'd like to see in more detail? Pop a suggestion in the comments or get in contact

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Feather & Hay | Country inspired Hand We.. by Georgina Clackworthy - 1M ago

Lost Words 

There is a danger of losing words of the natural world, buried under a mound of technological language. Words that conjure sunshine and breezes and long days playing outside. A rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play. Feather & Hay is dedicating a warp to the beautiful poetry book Lost Words. -

The textiles from this warp will conjure, like the spells from the book, this language back into our lives......

Each piece will pay homage to words such as Dandelion, Heather, Starling and Kingfisher.

The pieces are hand woven on a floor loom which is an ethical and traditional process with yarns chosen for quality and sustainability. Made in environmental harmony to dissolve barriers between ourselves and nature. 

The warp is a Merino/Tencel yarn hand painted here in the Scottish countryside in soft yet rich tones of fern and moss green, deep mud browns, granite grey and lichen yellow. 

The mix of Merino & Tencel combines softness and shine. It is a touchable yarn - a perfect choice for strokable,  gentle and gorgeous fabric. 

Scarves and shawls are currently being woven. There may be the opportunity to own a baby wrap within this theme. Please register your interest for BABY WRAPS here

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Lost Words Overview
  • The warp: a hand painted 80% Merino wool with 20% Tencel yarn
  • The weave: a range of plaited twills
  • The weft: a range of fibres available including Tencel, Merino wool, Fine Lambswool & Cashmere blend, Nettle & Silk blend and more
  • The pieces available: long scarves, bandannas, baby wraps
  • Semi-Custom: there are opportunities to get a piece hand woven to the client's specifications

Introducing the Lost Words Collection

Hand Woven Textiles

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