Fallen Divas

One half of our croft is brimming with flouncing lambs and proud, sometimes panicked mums, but the other looks something like a Hollywood care home for fallen Divas. At this time of year Shetland sheep teenagers (hoggs), start to lose their winter locks, often leaving them with just a boa style ruff around their fairly…

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SEO v Baking Bread

I remember in college, with dissertation looming large, the back of the oven and the sticky bit under the fridge became vital preoccupations. So did eating chocolate and smoking rollies. Today’s “dissertation” is Search Engine Optimisation, otherwise known as SEO. For those who have managed to avoid the dreary art of marketing online, it is…

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A Willow bower for the ladies

A mysterious lull in orders has given me the opportunity to revamp the ailing hen shelter with an extra course of living willow. This is all in a bid to lure them out of the vegetable garden where they have been strutting and fluffing and dusting to their hearts’ content, eating slug eggs and pecking…

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Crafting your words

“A beautiful spirit has flown and is watching over you”   These were the words I was asked to apply to a Pied Wagtail lampshade by a customer whose friend, I presume, has lost a loved one. It is interesting to apply a set of words to an image I’ve created, changing the tone and…

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Critters a la Mogwaii

A new Mogwaii range is emerging of our croft critters. I’ve been having fun combining fabric with sketch to give them their final garb. I muse as I’m sure all designers do as to whether all will find stripes dots and certain colour combinations as compelling or humorous as I do. Are there some colour…

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DO THE LINEN SCRUB

I did know that various hats would be worn as a sole trading textile designer, but I didn’t reckon on a lab coat. Yes, of late science has come into play to discover why the valencia linen was bubbling on some lampshades. Various experiments had to be carried out with small samples stuck to various…

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