Flight Weaving - Fine Weaving from the Scottish Borders
When I set up Flight Weaving, I wanted to focus on my own weaving where I produce exciting commissioned pieces as well as limited runs of pieces for sale. But as well as working on my own designs, I also find it tremendously fulfilling helping both skilled and less experienced weavers learn new techniques and approaches. In this website you'll be able to read about the yarns and fabrics I work with and some of the pieces I create; you can find my work for sale in my Etsy shop FlightWeaving. You'll also be able to find out about the weaving courses I run for groups and for individuals.
Weaving with the Lisu and Yi communities of Yunnan Province.
The whir of the bobbins in the shuttles has resounded and echoed around the Lisu and Yi villages through generations of women painstakingly weaving, over many hours, the fabrics from which their traditional costumes are made. It is a skill passed down from mother to daughter, honed over years of practise to create a unique,…
My most recently completed plaid was very different to the heavy fabrics that I had previously woven; Keith’s Shepherd’s Plaid was designed for outdoor wear in the traditional style, heavy, densely woven wool to withstand the weather in the uplands. Stephen’s piper’s plaid was required to fit in with existing plaids worn as a uniform…
Flight Weaving - My Weaving Practice
My own weaving takes much inspiration from the weaving traditions that abound in the Scottish Borders. It would be difficult for a weaver in this area not to be nudged in traditional directions. Where I differ though is in the selection of yarns and fabrics which are somewhat removed from the wool based industry of the area. I lean much more towards finer yarns of silk and linen which result in fabrics with a distinct and luxurious feel and appearance. That's not to say I won't work with wool! I have been particularly pleased with the result of one commission that you can read about here, not least because of the learning and research I had to commit to in order to complete the piece. All of my fabric designs are available for purchase and can be made to order, please contact me to discuss your ideas. You can also buy my ready-made work from my Etsy shop FlightWeaving. Bespoke fabrics are also available and I would be really pleased if you wanted to discuss commissioning some individual pieces from me.