From Sunday 19th to Tuesday 21st January, Mary and I will be at the SECC in Glasgow exhibiting at Scotland's Trade Fair. This is an annual event for buyers to source stock for their retail outlets. It is a trade only event, but any buyers interested in seeing our products will be very welcome on our stand - E40. All visitors should register on the show's website - www.scotlandstradefairs.co.uk
Sunday afternoon - as part of our preparation for the show we were out
braving the cold weather to get photographs of our new products.
Fortunately it stayed dry and the fog which had been forecast didn't
materialise. I had 4 models - my daughter Mary, her daughters Rachel
and Lauren and Mary's friend Amanda and they all really entred into the
spirit of the thing.
They started off at Gorgeous - Hair and Beauty Salon
where their friends Lynne and Carly did a lovely job with hair and
make-up - thanks girls! Looking suitably lovely, we headed out to Clava, an ancient site (about 5000 years old) with chambered cairns
and standing stones just beyond Culloden Battlefield, a few miles from
Inverness. It is a place we often go to photograph our products because
there is a good atmosphere and different back-drops of trees or
stones. Today the weather was cold and dull enough that we had the
place to ourselves.
it was down to work. We had a few new products to photograph. First
off was our buttoned wrap. This one fastens with a large hand-made
button through a decorative buttonhole and has Celtic knotwork
embroidery on the overlapping section at the front.
Lauren chose the blue one to model while Rachel (scroll to bottom) opted for a cream & pale grey version.
Hebridean Hoods have proved very popular over the last couple of years,
but this time we have teamed them with some more new products - spats
and cuffs. Here you see Amanda sporting a rusty brown ensemble - all
made with tweed that I wove at the tail end of last year.
by the cold, Amanda then changed into her little black & white
dress and teamed it with a black wrap embroidered with black & white
and then donned black & white checked spats and cuffs.
addition to the long wrist-warmer style of cuffs (which we will be
selling as pairs) we are also introducing a short cuff designed to be
worn as a bracelet. Mary has both blue and red streaks in her hair, so
she made herself a blue one and a red one which she plans to wear at the
trade fair next week, but no doubt she will wear them on other
occasions as well.
All these things are now on the website. There is also an additional page with some of the lovely feedback we have had from our customers over the last year. Do let us know what you think of our things - we are always happy to hear your views.