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Contemporary weaving studio on the Isle of Skye

Studio

A windswept croft on the Hebridean Isle of Skye - the studio of textile designer, weaver and painter Maggie Williams.

Come and see Maggie at work on her 16-shaft dobby loom, chat to her about the weaving process and discover a unique range of contemporary home accessories, bags, scarves, throws and paintings.

 

'I design my fabric using both traditional and electronic looms. All of the fabric is either handwoven here in the studio, or in small runs at  a beautiful old Scottish mill.

Inspiration is gained from my surroundings; be it the play of light on inky seas, the ever-changing weather, lichen encrusted rock, the delicate tapestry of wildflowers on machair, undulating lines of ancient lazy beds, or the stark beauty of the rugged landscape.

Natural fibres, predominantly super soft lambs-wool, sourced from a 200-year-old mill, interlace and entwine. The weaving process is hypnotic; shafts with hundreds of heddles rise and fall, the reed beats methodically, the shuttle passes marled threads from side to side, pick after pick, a rhythmic thud and clatter as cloth is produced – repetitive and mesmerising.

The finished cloth, washed by hand in the gentle Skye water, is as soft as the mists that swirl around the nearby hills.

This is my home. These things are my family. The sound of the loom is my music. The soft colours of the machair and the restless sea are my picture books. Together we create a cloth which speaks to the world of Skye.'