Knitwear, Weaving, Soaps and Crafts
The Highlands and Islands of Scotland produce some of the world's finest knitwear and cloth made with high quality natural fibres. A number of crofters knit both traditional and comtemporary woollen garments and others also weave beautiful woven cloths and yarns with unique designs.
We are a croft near Loch Sunart in Highland on the edge of the ancient Ariundle Oakwoods. A lot of our inspiration for our artisan craft items comes from the natural environment around the croft.
What We Produce
We keep a small flock of Jacob, Icelandic and Herdwick sheep that we hand shear and whose hand-carded and hand-spun wool we use to make bespoke artisan woollen products including felted scarves and pictures, rugs, saddle pads for horses, dog leads, and animal sculptures.
We also keep bees and make wax-based products including candles.
We run a small croft above Loch Ness with Gotland and Gotland cross Shetland sheep, where we grow all our own vegetables and fruit. Our backgrounds are in agriculture and ecology so we have a strong bond with the natural world and land management.
Whilst we don’t have a “bricks and mortar” shop we are delighted to welcome visitors at any time, the kettle is always on and there is often some home baking as well.
What We Produce
Washed and cleaned fleece from our own sheep and selected local flocks; our own handspun yarns, where colours are blended through our wool picker and then carded on the hand drum carder before being spun; and yarns from New Lanark which are spun in the Clyde Valley. Our aim is to source and process quality fleece that is locally produced and is sustainable.
We also run fleece to yarn courses. Tuition is available in both Workshop and on a One to One basis and is held in the restored steading at Bunloit. From learning the basics on a drop spindle to getting to grips with a beautiful spinning wheel we can cater to all levels from complete beginner to experienced spinner.
Call 01456 450301 or find us on Facebook at Bunloit Woolery
Home of handcrafted goats milk soaps and skincare on the Isle of Skye
On the beautiful Isle of Skye, off the northwest corner of Scotland, is a small Scottish croft where goats leisurely graze on the hillsides and rough grassland.
Combining goats milk and silk with oils creates a luxuriously indulgent and slightly decadent sensation every time you use them. Be it a quick shower, a long relaxing bath or just rinsing your hands, you just won't be able to resist taking a little extra time just to enjoy the feel of the lather and the fragrance.
Whether you're wanting a morning wake up, a freshen up or soothing wind down there is a bar for you.
Kilvaree Croft Traditional Crafts
Kilvaree Croft, Oban, Argyll
Kilvaree Croft is a working croft situated on the beautiful West coast of Scotland. It is home to the Kilvaree flock of Soay sheep, a primitive breed that are registered with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Using traditional techniques their wool is used to produce unique felt products. Various designs of Brooches, Handbag/Bag decoration- key fob holders, purses and shoulder bags are available to buy on our website and are also on sale at the Kilmartin Museum.
Kathleen Coull Fair Isle Textiles & Yarn
Fair Isle, Shetland
Wool, fleeces, yarn, knitwear and textiles.
From hand knit All Over Fair Isle garments, hand knit yoke jumpers and cardigans, hand knit chunky garments and accessories to compliment your garments in all types of wool. The ever popular seamless garments in our exclusive Everest and Kellister ranges. Children's garments are available in various styles made from soft lambswool. Shawls are beautifully hand knitted in lace for everyday wear and 1ply for that special occasion to be kept for a family heirloom.
Exclusively Fair Isle
Fair isle, Shetland
'Exclusively Fair Isle' knitwear, carefully designed and handcrafted at home on Fair Isle, using traditional Fair Isle patterns and colours in pure new wool from local Fair Isle and Shetland fleeces. Specialising in a beautiful range of Fair Isle beanies, tasselled hats, luggy hats, long hats, traditional Fair Isle Fisherman's keps, bordered scarves, wristwarmers and headbands.
Sallie Tyszko Tapestry Artist
21 Tobson, Great Bernera, Isle of Lewis
Textile artist Sallie Tyszko weaves tapestry Wall Hangings, full of colours and textures on floor looms. Wool and mohair is clipped from the croft-reared Angora goats and Shetland sheep, then spun, dyed and woven.
The tapestry workshop is in a restored blackhouse and is open all year round, please see website for more information.
Homespun Knitwear from Moorit Mix
Elphin, North West Sutherland
Bridie & Russell Pursey work in tandem to produce home-grown pure wool hanks and products from their croft in Sutherland, in the NW Highlands of Scotland, which they sell at local markets, or mail to order.
Bridie spins fleeces from their Shetland flock into yarn. She knits it into hats, scarves and sweaters of natural moorit shades.
Some of the light coloured hanks are dyed on the croft by Russell, to produce brightly-coloured garments.
Facebook: Elphin Market
Loch Morar Crafts
Woollen accessories individually designed and crafted at Bracara on the shores of Loch Morar, West Highlands. Each woollen item is made from Natural Wool. A combination of Shetland, Hebridean and Cheviot wools are used in various colours to make unique items such as bags, hats and fingerless gloves. The Hebridean and Cheviot wool is from our own flock on the croft and is also available to purchase as 50g balls.
Website: 'West Highland Wool' on Etsy
The Silly Sheep Crafts and Croft. Becky Pritchard, 37 Newmarket, Isle of Lewis
Our Hebridean Blackface sheep and our neighbours Hebridean and Zwartbles sheep provide us with fleeces that are being spun to produce chunky and super chunky knitting yarns, that will be home dyed and available for sale locally and on the website.
I also use the beautiful locally made Harris Tweed to make gifts, accessories, cushions and bags, these are also sold at craft fairs and through the website.
Please check our website to check which events I will be attending.
Tel: 01851 705134
Photos of knitwear, woollens and yarns supplied by Norman Leask, Elizabeth Riddiford, Becky Pritchard and Alun Bush.
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