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.

‘Saimh’ – Story Plaid: Stillness

This hand woven plaid shares the story of soft rolling mists along the tops of high hills and plateaus. It has hand spun inlays of caramel, earth brown and naturally white Shetland and Swaledale wools. The hand stitched embellishments swirl out from the centre of the shawl bringing gentle movement and texture to the plaid design.

‘Saimh’ – (Gaelic) meaning stillness

The Story Plaid’s meaning

‘Saimh’ – Story Plaid is the second of the four Mist Story Plaids. The plaid has silver tones with thin bands of caramel and earth brown to represent the land. This is the most detailed of the four designs. The hand stitching of complimentary wool yarn brings undulating lines across the uniformity of the plaid pattern. They are for the moving mist that swirls around all that is quiet and unmovable. Feeling the stillness of time. This shawl is made for those that love the gentle softness of a misty day. To enjoy a vista cloaked in swathes of mist and low cloud that clings to the hill sides in Scotland.

Each piece from the Mist Story Plaids creates its own statement. A story embellished and stitched on each shawl. There are only four in the collection.


‘Saimh’ – Story Plaid – Product Information

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 plaid with mixed Twill patterns with inlayed hand spun yarns. Plus hand stitched embellishments.

‘Saimh’ – Story Plaid: Stillness


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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 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.