Back in October, we were lucky enough to be invited by The Tartan Blanket Company to join in with a beginners crash course in weaving. Hosted by Sarah from The Squid Ink Company, this promised to be a lovely way to spend two hours on a Sunday so as the most creative one in the team, our illustrator – Alison Soye – headed along!
Read on for beautiful Scottish inspired products and to learn more about the beautiful Eagle and Fox HQ…
The Squid Ink Co is actually based in Shawlands, Glasgow but run weaving workshops all round the UK. It has run workshops at venues such as Anthropologie, Lifestory and Bohemia in Edinburgh – and I was lucky enough to attend one at the Eagle and Fox HQ.
Eagle and Fox is an online retail store who sell the most beautiful selections of Scottish-inspired products – from kilts to cashmere scarves and tartan blankets – which of course includes their brand The Tartan Blanket Company!
Their warehouse in Leith, Edinburgh (where the workshop was set up) is just stunning. We sat around a huge wooden table, surrounded by wooden crates filled with little plant pots and cosy fairy lights. Clusters of candles arranged on wood cuttings lit the table, with scattered pine cones and a selection of wool in the loveliest of colours. As part of the workshop we were each given our own weaving kit in a Squid Ink bag which included a mini loom, comb, hook and lots of wool – all you needed to create your tapestry!
Once everyone had arrived, Sarah from Squid Ink introduced herself and ran us through the process, step by step. I had never tried weaving before (and neither had most people attending) – it actually turned out to be pretty straightforward once we were ran through it by our very patient instructor!
We chose our colours and then began adding the wool onto the loom, weaving it in and out and then adding more colour if we liked. Sarah also taught us how to add different shapes and patterns into the design, and there was a real hum of activity as everyone concentrated on getting the hang of the weaving method.
We were soon offered wine and drinks of our choice and there was a huge plate of goodies to munch on as we worked. It was lovely to be introduced to other creative people while there and to use this workshop as a chance to chat to and make connections with people who you might not otherwise meet.
The workshop was really well run by Sarah – no one got lost or left behind in the weaving process and she made sure we knew the process in order to finish off our tapestries at home.
A very friendly Emma from Eagle and Fox and her fluffy dog Alfie were there too, getting stuck in with the workshop with us. Fergus, Emma’s husband even gave us a tour of the warehouse, explaining how their company was started, how it’s run and showing us the products they sell (definitely check out their online shop for lots of cosy blankets and scarves, amongst many other products)!
All in all, the weave workshop was a brilliant way to spend a chilly Sunday afternoon, and I would highly recommend future events with Squid Ink Co as well as other events hosted by Eagle and Fox. Tickets would be a great idea as Christmas or birthday presents – or even just a cosy, creative afternoon with friends.
Thank you, Alison! I’m already busy compiling a wish list from The Tartan Blanket Co. starting with this one in Dusky Pink – so beautiful. What would you choose?