Preparing for new pictures using rare white Harris Tweed
Spring is finally coming to Rock Village in rural Northumberland and there are carpets of snowdrops and winter aconites. This has inspired me to want to create a couple of snowdrop pictures and so I went out taking photos yesterday.. The first picture will be all about spring with winter aconites and snowdrops. So I'm happy as I've now got lots of good photos to work from.
However, I want the second picture to be a wintery scene of snowdrops peeping through the snow. So I has planned to go out and a take a second lot of photos today as we were told in no uncertain terms that we would have a shed load of snow. But what have we got....no snow and loads of torrential rain instead!
Quite a few years ago I bought some rather special white Harris Tweed (also pictured above) and I'm going to use this for my snowdrops. As far as I'm aware, this is a very rare piece of fabric. The person who sold it to me told me that it had been woven specially to make a Harris Tweed wedding dress as part of the finale of a fashion show held at Stornoway in 2011 to celebrate the centenary year of the Harris Tweed ‘orb’ trademark. I've searched on the internet and found a supporting article and photo (see below) in The Hebridean News (click here to read.) I've certainly never seen any more white Harris Tweed since.and it is a very useful colour in my work. So I think I'm very lucky to have found it. All I need now is some snow before the snowdrops all disappear!
I am a Northumberland based textile artist and I create needle felted paintings with Harris Tweed and wool yarns.