Johnstons of Elgin

Today was my last day consulting for Johnstons of Elgin. Over the past 9 months I have had the pleasure of working with a really fantastic, skilled team. The client base as Johnstons is so diverse that no two projects, collections or even days have been the same. Such a unique company with the most amazing heritage and history yet it still manages to be at the forefront of knitwear manufacturing in Scotland.

Thank you!

Many Skilled Hands Make Light Work....

It still amazes me just how many skilled pairs of hands it takes to construct one sweater. These shots were taken as part of a project to explain and educate on the make up process of knitted garments and accessories.  

Cashmere Baby Blanket from Roam

We received so many beautiful gifts when Roan was born, including this gorgeous baby blanket from Roam. Roan's blanket is the "Cheeky Monkey's" design personalised with his name and date of birth and knitted in 100% cashmere, it's the ultimate baby blanket and a gift we will use and treasure for a very long time. He is one lucky boy getting wrapped up in this every day!

xx 

www.studioroam.co.uk

Roam Cashmere Blanket

Making It In Textiles

Just spent two days in Bradford attending the 'Making It In Textiles' conference. I was asked to attend as a guest speaker sharing my career journey with final year textile students from universities across the UK. Met some very lovely, enthusiastic students who I'm sure will go on to have successful careers in textiles.

Highlight was listening to Patrick Grant (Norton & Sons, E.Tautz, Hammond & Co., Cookson & Clegg, Great British Sewing Bee, busy man!!) and hearing about his road to success, very funny and inspirational speaker!

amy

Eudon Choi + Brora

Love the new knitwear collaboration between Eudon Choi and Brora, inspired by 1970s ski wear, motif intarsias and striking patterns. Our favourites are the graphic jacquards and colour blocked knits and accessories.

Eudon Choi + Brora

Images courtesy of www.brora.co.uk

 

Belleek Pottery

Last week, during a trip to County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, we visited Belleek Pottery and had a factory tour. An amazing factory to visit and lovely to speak to the highly skilled craftsmen and women who have dedicated many years to hand crafting this iconic pottery.

The Colourful Edit

Thank you Lauren at The Colourful Edit for my beautiful Nellbelle necklace. Love the chevron gift bag too!

amy x

"The Colourful Edit will look to help you in areas of your life, by adding a splash of colour. Whether it be through your personal look, business or home."

Flowers

Wherever I travel I can't seem to help but take pictures of flowers and foliage, must be a frustrated florist at heart. Anyway these pics always inspire me when thinking of colour and designing new colour-ways.

A few of my favourites from China, Australia and Scotland......

Patchwork Quilt

This week I set myself the challenge of making a patchwork quilt. Never having done this before I had to watch a few youtube clips to understand the process and get familiar with the quilting lingo! 2 days later and I had made my first quilt for the latest member of the elliott + miskelly team, due to arrive in November.

Here's the process....

The size of the quilt is approx 36" square so after sourcing the different fabric designs they were cut to 6" squares. After deciding on a layout the fabrics need to be sewn together to form horizontal strips. Placing the fabrics right side to right side, pin along the raw edge and sew keeping the foot of the sewing machine in line with the 3/8" guide.

Once all the squares are sewn together you need to press open the seams and trim the excess sewing threads.

Next stage is to sew all the horizontal strips together to form the quilt topper. Important to line up the seams as close as possible so you have a perfectly straight grid of fabrics. Place the strips right side to right side, pin and sew along the raw edge. Repeat until all the strips are sewn together and press open the seams on the reverse.

Next is to lay out the fabric for the reverse of the quilt and the quilt batting. I cut my backing fabric and batting 2 inches larger than the topper so there was excess around all edges. To hold the backing fabric in place and smooth out any wrinkles I used masking tape to fix it to the table. Then just lay the batting and quilt topper on top ensuring everything is square.

Now you need to pin through the layers using quilting safety pins or alternatively you can buy an adhesive spray to bond the layers together. Because I'm a novice the quilting technique I used was 'Stitch in the Ditch' which basically means stitching over the existing horizontal and vertical seams on the right side of the quilt. Once all seams are stitched cut away the excess backing and batting around the edges of the quilt.

Next stage is to create the edging strips. My fabric was wide enough for me to cut lengths of fabric at 2.5 inches wide without having to join pieces together on the bias. Place the right side of the edging strip against the right side of the quilt, pin and sew a seam using the 1/4" guide. Fold back the strip and press, then from the backing side fold down the edge until it meets the raw edge of the quilt. Pin and press with the iron. Then fold this edge over again to encase the raw edge, pin and hand sew. Only sew through the backing fabric and the edging so the stitches are not seen on the front. 

And that is pretty much it...

I've definitely got the quilting bug and already planning the next design!

amy 

Green Grove Weavers

See our latest website design for Green Grove Weavers. Launched to coincide with Harrogate Home and Gift, the website showcases their beautiful woven and knitted accessories designed and manufactured in Scotland and the United Kingdom.

www.greengroveweavers.com

Web Design

We have launched a new service, Web Design, take a look at our first client website for Carruthers Associates, www.carruthers-associates.com. We can create contemporary, design led websites for professionals and small to medium sized businesses. Contact us at amy@elliott-miskelly.com for more information.

Heriot Watt School of Textiles & Design: Degree Show

E + M recently attended the private view of the Heriot Watt School of Textiles and Design degree show, Galashiels. Showcasing the work of the final year students studying Design for Textiles, Fashion Communication and Interior Design. Following the degree show was a fashion show held at Abbotsford House.

Here's a few examples of some of the inspirational work on display...

The degree show runs from the 5th-10th June and the opening times are 11am-4pm. Click on the link below for more information.

http://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/textiles-design/news-events/degree-show.htm

Fully Fashioned- The Pringle of Scotland Story

E+M recently attended the opening night of ‘Fully fashioned’ an exhibition celebrating Pringle of Scotland’s 200-year history held at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.

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Pringle was established in 1815 in Hawick, the birthplace of the Scottish knitwear Industry. The bicentennial exhibition traces the brand’s evolution from a hosiery and underwear manufacturer to a high-end luxury fashion label with many knitwear pieces on display illustrating this journey.

It’s rare to be able to get up close with so many vintage knitwear pieces. Most of the garments are not displayed behind glass boxes therefore you can really appreciate the design, level of detail and skill that has gone into making these iconic knits. Twinsets, argyles, intarsia's, machine and hand knits are displayed alongside designer biographies and advertising campaigns. You really get a sense of how the brand has had to continually innovate in order to evolve into the brand it is today.

Many of the garments are on loan from private collections, one of which belongs to Her Majesty the Queen.

The opening night drew a great crowd with the exhibition space packed therefore we look forward to returning very soon for a closer look. The exhibition is free and runs until the 16th August 2015. Here are some pictures…

For more information on the exhibition visit www.nms.ac.uk

#pringle200years

@pringleofscotland, @ntlMuseumsScot

Sinclair Duncan

elliott + miskelly attended the official launch night of ‘The Abbotsford Scarf’, a contemporary collection of limited edition woven and printed scarves by Sinclair Duncan. Sinclair Duncan is based in the Scottish Borders and offers a range of woven and knitted accessories in cashmere, silk and wool, skillfully made in Scotland.

The collection is inspired by the rich textures, colours and patterns found within Abbotsford, the historic home of Sir Walter Scott, situated on the banks of the River Tweed near Galashiels.

Sinclair Duncan collaborated with two Heriot Watt University students to design the scarves. The designers, Anja Alexandersdottir and Laura Richardson were given full access to Abbotsford and could draw inspiration from any part of the house. The hand painted Chinese wall paper in the drawing room was a particular source of interest and provided the inspiration for the screen print.  

Anja and Laura described the challenges they faced combining a woven check with a printed floral but a sophisticated tonal palette and gradient colour effects brought the two elements together.

The scarves are limited edition and available to buy through selected retailers. Visit Sinclair Duncan at www.sinclairduncan.com for more information.

After the scarves were unveiled we were treated to a guided tour of the house. A stunning home, lovingly restored by Scott, filled with interesting artifacts and antiques.  Well worth a visit if you are ever in the Scottish Borders!

 @sinclairduncan1, @abbotsfordscott

#cashmere, #madeinscotland, #scottishtextiles, #scarves