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Published: 07 October 2017

By Andy Ross

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Cloths from The Shetland Tweed Company

Last week I put up a short video of Alvin-the-loom working away on some new cloths. This week the fabrics are finished!

The Eshaness Collection is a set of cloths inspired by the dramatic North of Mainland Shetland where the ocean hits the cliffs at what was once a volcano. If you have ever been to Eshaness you will have seen the red twisted rocks on one side, a black lava field on the other and the multitude of colours in the landscape. Eshaness is one of the must-sees of a visit to these islands and my favourite aspect of any visit is looking down to the sea at the incredible colours in the surf. I hope these cloths capture some of that intense colour.

By contrast, Sellafirth, the area where our studio is located, lies along a voe. Out of the windows of the studio we have sea, grasses and peat, and we can see the weather drifting across the hills towards us. We have a spectacular view, whatever the season, and I wanted to see if I could show some of the loveliness of autumn in the Sellafirth Collection. 

These cloths are the first production for The Shetland Tweed Company, which was formerly a partnership and is now a sole trader company. I am very proud and happy to have created these cloths, some of which are on this page, which Maggie is making into cushions (as in the picture above) and lengths of which are also available for curtaining and blinds. If you want to see all the colours, please email and I shall send you some pictures.

I hope you like these fabrics as much as I do!