Craftsmanship, Quality and Contemporary Design

Flora at work in the studio, working on a  blanket scarf.

Flora at work in the studio, working on a blanket scarf.

Transferring stitches with care and precision on one of our scarves.

Transferring stitches with care and precision on one of our scarves.

An  Erraid Blanket Scarf  being taken off the knitting machine.

An Erraid Blanket Scarf being taken off the knitting machine.

 

I’m Flora Collingwood-Norris, knitwear designer, maker and everything else at Collingwood-Norris, creating luxurious knitwear from a very small studio in the Scottish Borders.

After years of working freelance in the knitwear industry, creating pieces for clients including Christopher Kane, Jasper Conran, William Chambers and House of Holland, I decided to channel my passion for knitwear excellence into designs for my own label, and in 2016 I started Collingwood-Norris.

If you’d like to find out more about my background, you can read a journal post about it here.

 
The Collingwood-Norris design studio in the Scottish Borders.

The Collingwood-Norris design studio in the Scottish Borders.

 

Craftsmanship

Craftsmanship is at the heart of what I do. All my knitwear is designed and made in Scotland, on site in my small studio by me, using hand powered knitting machines and traditional skills.

Each item is carefully hand framed, using a machine that has worked it's way through other Scottish Borders textile companies and is steeped in the history of the area, then hand finished to ensure the highest quality. The soft Scottish water I use to hand wash each piece helps to give it its beautiful soft feel. I pride myself on making beautiful, high quality pieces that will last you many years with good care.

 
Lambswool on cones, before it is knitted.

Lambswool on cones, before it is knitted.

 

Luxurious Natural Fibres

Preferring to use natural fibres, especially extra fine lambswool, my aim is to encourage ethical practice and reduce environmental impact at all stages, from design to production. The Geelong lambswool I use is dyed with GOTS approved dyes, making it more environmentally friendly. It is luxuriously soft, lightweight and very warm.  Lambswool is a fantastic natural fibre for many reasons, which you can read more about here.

I now also use extra fine silk for a range of silk scarves. The silk is spun in Italy, and is the finest quality, and with a beautiful natural drape and lustre, it’s the perfect luxury fibre!

 


 

Made in Scotland

I try to keep every process as local as possible, and choose to use Geelong Lambswool that is spun and dyed in Kinross, Scotland, and labels that are made in the UK.  Transparency is very important to me, and I’m working towards making every aspect our processes and materials visible. You can read more about the making processes on the journal. 

Using traditional manufacturing techniques I bring out the best in the natural fibres and create timeless designs you can cherish for a lifetime. 


 
Care and attention to detail go into packing up our scarves to send to you!

Care and attention to detail go into packing up our scarves to send to you!

Follow me on Instagram to see work in progress.