All the processes that go into the making of a Collingwood-Norris knitted jumper.Read More
As I try my first bit of visible mending, this blog shows the process from start to finish.Read More
In an effort to consume less, and look after my clothes, I'm starting to mend old pieces of knitwear.Read More
The fashion industry has many problems, including it's impact on the environment and on lives. Instead of writing yet another essay on it all, here are a few books and programmes that I have found really interesting.Read More
Fashion Revolution week is about making the fashion industry a more ethical, sustainable industry.Read More
Spring is such an exciting time of year with everything coming back to life, and colour returning! I just thought I'd share some of my favourite moments from our walks so far...
We're delighted to have been selected to take part in the Craft Scotland Summer Show this August in Edinburgh.
Running from the 4th -27th August, on the 2nd floor of White Stuff , on George Street, there will be a variety of craft disciplines on show, workshops and the opportunity to meet the makers.
Collingwood-Norris is delighted to be featured as Maker of the Month at Concrete Wardrobe in Edinburgh this March.Read More
Wool is a wonderful, natural fibre. Here are some reasons why we choose to use it for all our knitwear.Read More
Inspired by Scottish Isles and childhood holidays on the beaches of Mull and Iona, this collection is all about colour.Read More
Wool is a wonderful, natural fibre. Here are some of the reasons why we have chosen it for our knitwear.Read More
I'm sure I'm not alone in aiming to do all sorts of things at the start of the year, and not quite getting there. One of my resolutions is to blog more. I'm a bit late in starting, but it is still January...
Collingwood-Norris is based in the Scottish Borders, so I thought I would start by showing you some more of this beautiful area. Every day we go walking, so this scenery plays a big part in inspiring, reviving and energising us!
Resolutions for this year include sharing more information about our materials, processes, and inspirations. As the ethics and environmental impact of the fashion industry is something that we care passionately about, the aim is to also talk about other companies we admire, and share any interesting information we find.
Of course, we're also aiming to bring out new products, and have started with our new wraps. Large, lightweight and super soft- perfect for snuggling up in on cold days, they can be used as an over sized scarf, as a wrap, or a small blanket! Other new designs will be coming soon...
Now that it's finally December, I couldn't resist a little bit of seasonal creativity, and I've made a few crochet snowflakes! To celebrate this wonderful winter weather I will be giving one away with each of our super soft and cosy wool scarves between now and the 15th December.
As with all snowflakes, no two will be the same...
Smart Textiles are an exciting area. As the nights are getting darker, I've been thinking about night time walks with the dog, and how best to stay visible. Reflective clothing seemed like the best way, and after trying out a few different yarns, our reflective pom pom is now ready!
All our pom pom hats now come with the option of a reflective pom pom- perfect for walks in the dark, or night time runs!
Inspiration often comes from the landscapes around me. For my new hand knitted accessories, it's the Eildon Hills that have provided it.
The Eildon Hills are my local landmark in the Scottish Borders- I see them every day from my walks with my dog Stitch, and walk up them on others for the fantastic views. They're visible for miles around, so often on my journey home from trips I can see them all the way, welcoming me back. So I feel very attached to these hills- the way they change through the seasons, and their distinctive peaks and the little discoveries I make there.
Theses landmark peaks and the small lake half way them up are the inspiration behind my latest hat design. The points in the pattern are as distinctive as the hills. I've used thick, soft wool, so that these accessories will be perfect for hills walks and exploring in winter.
Sometimes I make it out of the studio to do a little bit of exploring... Normally I go up a hill somewhere with the dog, but recently it was a small city break to Newcastle, to watch the Great North Run, do some cheering, and look around.
There's a great view of the Tyne Bridge from the castle, and there was just enough wind to need the Iona hat...!
I'm delighted to announce that the online shop went live today! It feels like I've been working on it for ages, as well as working on developing the new products for it.
Not everything is up yet, some things still need a bit more work, but finally the hats have their official launch!
There has been a bit of sampling for a new menswear design that I've been developing in fine soft wool going on in the studio recently. Finishing pieces off is always exciting and satisfying, and beautifully made tools help make it all go faster.
It isn't quite ready yet, but will be launching soon. These knitted jumpers will be made to order in a range of colour ways, and we're considering adding some individual sizing options in too.
Sometimes, tea is one of the most important tools I have! Today I've been getting stuck into the knitty gritty of a new hand knitting design and pattern for Whistlebare, with the aid of tea and some really amazing chocolate.... They make calculations so much easier!
Recently I've been working on some new ideas- so here's a sneaky peak of what I've been up to....
Mostly, as you can tell, I've been trying out different colour ways. It's always fun to play with colour in different combinations, and to see which ones work and which ones are less successful. I've also been making some up, but the pieces are still in the development stages.... so watch this space.....