Dower House Tweed Collection, Newtonmore, textile

Dower House Tweed Collection

How we got here.

Quite simply, I was taught to sew as a child. My mother was a seamstress. I could not go out and play without having done the chores which included sewing, and mending. So from an early age, with Mums tutoring, I made clothes, Christmas presents and all manner of things with buttons and fabrics.

Moving the clock on a few years, I came to live in Scotland and was introduced to Harris Tweed. I started making a few handbags for friends, then I was commissioned to make something else, and then something else, and so it went on. I now make 40+ products, from Harris Tweed. I personally go to the Isle of Harris and choose the colours and weaves that are used in the Dower House Tweed Collection.

What has emerged is my maternal love of all things Kiwi, so many of the products you see will have Kiwiana lining, which might be a Ponga forest; Pukekos, one of our native birds; Jandles or sheep or some other aspects of typical Kiwi life. For me, being a Kiwi, and married to a Scot it is the perfect match of 2 great countries, of heritage and culture, of using new kiwi prints with traditional tweeds and tartans - of where, some of my ancestors came from - warm, homely.

In 2011 we bought the Dower House and I set about to make curtains, cushions, lampshades and much more. There is a real warmth to the house and it fits so perfectly with the furniture from New Zealand timbers that came along for the journey - Harris Tweed compliments our house, our furniture, the rooms, the decor and the name began to stick!

We make practical, easy to use products that wear well and brighten your kitchen, dining room or add another dimension to your wardrobe. From the cafeteria cover that will give you a smile when you see the Buzzy Bees to the mobile pocket that is filled with sheep.

..you know you always said it is one place you would like to go, well now you have both countries in the one place..

Enjoy having a part of something special and different that is made by hand in Scotland.

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Contact

Lynda Dodd
Perth Rd
Newtonmore
PH20 1BB

Phone : 01540 673794
Mobile : 07786612168

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Katie Jackson Designs, Newtonmore, textile

Katie Jackson Designs

Katie works from home in the village of Newtonmore. She designs and makes bags and accessories from Harris tweed - aiming to combine contemporary style with the traditional quality of the cloth. She likes to mix colours and patterns in each item and hardly ever makes two items exactly the same.

When she is not fulfilling bag orders for shops and galleries in the Highlands, Katie loves to experiment with other textile crafts, such as felting. Recently she has also been exploring silk paper-making and creative weaving. Sometimes these other activities are inspiration for the bag-making - eg, incorporating a woven panel in a bag.

Katie also teaches textile crafts, mainly through adult workshops and has exhibited regularly with Creative Cairngorms and the SBSA (Iona Gallery, Kingussie).


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Contact

Katie Jackson
Knockview
Perth Road
Newtonmore
Inverness-shire
PH20 1AP

Phone : 01540 673486


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Sarah Grant, Conon Bridge, textile

Sarah Grant

I was born in the Highlands and for many years I have been teaching and enjoying passing on what I have learnt to adults and children.

I studied at Glasgow School of Art and then did teacher training at Moray House in Edinburgh. Most of my career has been teaching in Schools and a Special Needs School. I have also taught in Community Education, Adult Education and various Art groups and workshops. I have loved teaching and helping people be creative and gain confidence in their work. Every two years or so I would also put my own work into group exhibitions or solo exhibitions.

Painting for me is an interpretation of my surroundings. I love seeing the changes and infinite variety in colour and pattern and energy that is all around us through the seasons and new compositions in every scene. My aim is to paint impressions and feelings of what I see. I work in oils, acrylics, watercolour, pastels and mixed media I have recently taken up an interest in weaving and felt making, silk painting and fibre crafts which are quite often abstract in contrast to my paintings which are usually representational impressions.

I have joined Creative Cairngorms and enjoyed meeting and exhibiting with other artists and craft people through the year.

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Contact

Sarah Grant
Old Schoolhouse
Mulchaich
Conon Bridge
Ross-shire
IV7 8HX

Phone : 01349 861118


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Sue Broyd, Nethybridge, textile

Sue Broyd

Sue lives in Nethy Bridge. She creates unique pieces of jewellery using buttons, felt, beads and other materials. She also creates sewn pictures depicting animals and birds inspired by the natural world and the diversity of wildlife around the highlands and beyond.

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Contact

Sue Broyd
Red Kite House
20 Dirdhu Court
PH25 3EG

Phone : 01479 821582
Mobile : 07749714387

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