The Story Plaids can be worn over a coat and fixed with a pin (Celtic pins look amazing!), they’re a perfect accompaniment to a beautiful dress for a wedding or simply thrown over a chair ready to be snuggled into whilst reading a well thumbed copy of Outlander.

Bealltainn – Story Plaid, a story of hand spun Beltane colours

This hand woven plaid is a story of celebrating Beltane, of May Day. The blooming of the hawthorn tree and celebration of warmer and longer days to come.

See more of the story below.


Bealltainn Product Information

Fibres – 100% Merino Lambswool Yarn from British mills, with hand spun inlayed yarns of mixed natural fibres such as Shetland and Merino wools & Nettle fibres

Dimensions – 91cm x 250cm (+/- 5%)

Design – a hand woven plaid pattern with soft and earthy vibrant hand spun art yarns inlayed along the lines of the plaid design. The colours are a Beltane mix of reds, greens and white in Shetland & Merino wools and Nettle fibre.

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Bealltainn – Story Plaid, a story of spun Beltane colours


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The Story

This story is for Bealltainn – Beltane. The celebration of May Day. The blooming of the hawthorn tree and celebration of warmer and longer days to come. This story plaid entwines the colours of Beltane throughout the strong, immutable lines of the plaid. Look for wisps of deep red, vibrant greens and silver white amongst the earthy muted tones of the hand blended and hand spun inlayed yarns.

The Story Plaids are a mix of traditional pattern with details that tell a story of Scotland’s rugged and wild landscape. Scotland’s folklore weaves the natural with the magical, describing a place of fairies and giants, of plantlore and history. The Story Plaids bring together a magic unique to Scotland. 

The new set of three story plaids are inspired by Spring in Scotland. The feeling of abundance returning after many colder, darker months. The tiny signs of returning plant growth, the strong winds and bright sunshine. The small pockets of snow that still sit in hollows along the high ridges but retract with the warming days.

The Making

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 pieces that reflect the wearer or owner of each piece. The stories are so unique and will not be re-created. Scotland radiates magic, it is why we often feel connected to it from afar. 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.

The Story Plaids can be worn, used as a blanket or throw, or hung on a wall as a piece of art in their own right.