Hello, Mr X Stitch here. I thought I’d tell you about my recent Xploits. It is a life less ordinary.
As part of my day job, I get to travel to some interesting places. What’s that you say? I’m not Mr X Stitch all the time? It’s true! For most of the working week I have to put my pants back inside my trousers and put the stitching away while I carry out my job as a project manager for a national children’s charity over here in the UK. I’m very proud of the charity I work for and I really enjoy my job.
Recently I started working with a project on the Isle of Lewis and seized the opportunity to visit one of the island’s Harris Tweed Mills. Harris Tweed is cloth that has been handwoven by the islanders of Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra in their homes, using pure virgin wool that has been dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides. The fleece is processed into yarn and then shipped out the islanders, who weave it in their homes and turn it into all manner of beautiful patterns and designs. It’s a fascinating process and a true cottage industry. I decided to make a short film about the process, so grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy it.
While I was in Stornoway, the main town on the island I discovered the shop of Rosie Wiscombe, who makes terrific handbags and accoutrements combining Harris Tweed with sari silks and other fabrics. The flashes of colour contrast nicely with the more subtle hues of the tweed. It’s pretty irresistable stuff!
Visit Rosie’s website to find out more, or if you’re on the island, visit her store and find out more about how she does it. Tell her Mr X Stitch sent ya! 🙂