I’ve been keeping this one quiet for a few months now, but can finally reveal that I’ve once more had the pleasure of collaborating with Julia Billings of ‘woollenflower’ on a very special, limited edition pouch with ties directly to the Daughter of a Shepherd flock.
Some time ago, owner of Escrick Park Estate, Mr Charles Forbes Adam, sent a clip from the estate flock of Hebridean sheep up to Ardalanish mill on the Isle of Mull to be transformed into cloth. Dad was lucky to receive a suit length of this beautiful fabric, woven with Shetland wool into a traditional herringbone tweed. Mr Forbes Adam had his made into a three-piece tailored suit…
Dad has kept his tucked away, waiting to find a garment design to do justice to the unique fabric, but that would be practical enough for everyday wear and it was this length of fabric that triggered my original collaboration with Jules.
I tried and tried to get Dad to part with the cloth to no avail, until late last year…
I must have caught him on the hop, although he still denies handing it over to me, but the beautiful tweed finally made it into my hands and then those of Jules who has created another stunning, and very special, series of pouches.
As with Daughter of a Shepherd yarn, the tweed shimmers between silver and brown, making it a terribly uncooperative subject to photograph, but a very pretty one nonetheless!
Each pouch measures approximately 22cm (8¾”) wide x 13cm (5¼”) tall and is 6cm (2¼”) deep at the bottom and is lined with a heavy linen fabric, finished with a contrasting metal zip; choose from red, blue or green. Only 23 of these pouches are going on sale priced at £30.00 each and they will be available this weekend on the Daughter of a Shepherd stand at Unravel, with any remaining stock making its way into the online shop next week.
If you can’t get to Unravel keep your eyes peeled as we are busy plotting another special collaboration for Edinburgh Yarn Festival.
Pouch images © Julia Billings
Portrait of Mr Forbes Adam © Escrick Park Estate