‘A-chaoidh’ Story Plaid: Always & Forever
This hand woven plaid shares the story of a strong Scottish heroine. Inspired by a character from Sir Walter Scott’s The Heart of Midlothian it honours those that persevere through adversity. Thistles are the central theme with their symbol of tenacity through adversity. This bright and spiky flower thrives in the wild, damp landscape of Scotland.
A-chaoidh – (Gaelic) meaning ‘Always, forever, hereafter’
‘A-chaoidh’ Story Plaid’s meaning
The ‘A-chaoidh’ Story Plaid is about strength in difficult times. A plaid of warm tones and some vibrant pink-purple bands. This design has hand spun yarns of purple, pinks and soft lilacs with embellishments of thistle petals at one end of the shawl. It has a delightful balance of warmth from the brown tones and lively highlights from the inlays.
Each piece from the Thistle Story Plaids creates its own statement. A story embellished and stitched on each shawl. There are only four in this rich brown collection.
Fibres – 100% Merino Lambswool Yarn from a mill in Yorkshire, with hand spun inlayed yarns of mixed natural fibres such as Shetland and Merino wools.
Dimensions – 91cm x 250cm (+/- 5%)
Design – a hand woven Twill plaid pattern with inlayed hand spun yarns. Also needle felted thistle petals on the corner of the shawl.
‘A-chaoidh’ Story Plaid – Always & Forever£450.00
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I love traditional patterns and believe their classic look will transcend seasons. The plaid is synonymous to Scotland and the designs are rooted in this pattern. I believe in creating one off textiles that reflect the wearer or owner of each piece. The stories are unique and will not be re-created.
Scotland radiates magic, it is why we often feel drawn to it and its beautiful rugged landscape. Each Story Plaid is a piece of textile art that illustrates this. The embellishments may be hand stitched, hand felted or threaded with hand spun art yarns that I spin myself. These are added directly to the fabric whilst it is being woven on the loom. The tensioned fabric is the perfect surface to work from.
The designs are made using gentle techniques that hark back to slower times. Using a loom in my Scottish studio, it is powered by hands and feet not electricity. I use natural fibres and yarns that come from British, Scottish & Irish mills, chosen for quality and sustainability. Each step is carefully considered so that the textile is made to the very highest of standards. A hand woven textile has life and personality and, if looked after, will look beautiful for many years ahead.
Use the Story Plaid as a blanket or throw, wrap around as wearable art or hang them as a piece of art in their own right.