Back to normal
We are back to normal winter opening hours now that we are home following the funeral of our mother/grandmother (and founder of this business). We gave her a good send-off in the full Lewis tradition and even the weather was kind to us with just the gentlest of breezes and mild temperatures. We managed to fit in a few walks on the beach in between all the formal proceedings and I even managed to nip across to Carloway and visit the mill to buy some more Harris Tweed.
Over the next few months we will be carrying out some improvements to our premises. This may mean that there are occasions when certain processes can't be carried out. For example, at the moment we are fitting a new kitchen at the back of the workshop. This means that we can't make cords for some of our bags and purses because it blocks the long run that we need for twisting the cords. However, most of the time it will be "business as usual". Once all the work is done, it will be a more organised workspace, increased storage for both fabrics and finished products and a bigger retail area. We will keep you posted of developments but if you do happen to call at The Workshop and find us in what looks like a state of chaos, you will understand why.
Pictured right is embroidery that was transformed into a coat which has now crossed the Atlantic and has been enthusiastically received by Georgette. It features some of our Hebridean Celebration tartan and what you see here will be the front edge of the coat hood.
On these pages you will find information about who we are, where we are and what we do. You can browse our online shop or look at pictures of our work. There is more that goes on at the Workshop - we have links to our other websites where you can find out about feltmaking classes, ecclesiastical embroidery or made to measure garments, among other things. We also have links to shops that sell our products and other interesting sites, including how our main fabric - Harris Tweed - is made.
We use technology that spans the centuries - from a 100 year old Hattersley loom for weaving some of the tweed we use through to state-of-the-art embroidery machines and a laser cutting machine. But we do low-tech as well! Everything is hand finished and we are often sitting with piles of hand-sewing to do.
Visit our online shop pages to see our full range of products - wraps, capes, cushions, wallhangings, bags and purses, Christmas decorations and more. Prices range from as little as £4 for a keyring to as much as you can afford for a large one-off wallhanging.