HEATHER AND JOHN TAYLOR - PICKLEBERRY STUDIOS
Heather and John, originally from Merseyside, purchased a property on Lewis in 2012 and set about converting the outbuilding into a studio and workshop.
Heather creates a beautiful range of accessories and homeware adding exquisite embroidery designs using her Brother embroidery machines. Her inspiration is often drawn from the vibrant colours of the island landscape and seas.
John has always been interested in all things hi-tech and currently has a laser cutter and a CNC engraver/cutter in his workshop.
He is able to create carved or laser etched chopping boards , coasters , signs and decorations from wood , slate or acrylic.
Check out our Honesty Box Shop outside the studio in Flesherin, Point, HS2 0HE
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NIKKI CRABTREE - the Crafty Weaver
Nicky is the owner of The Crafty Weaver. She moved to the Isle of Lewis back in 2009, from near Bristol in the South West of England, for a change of pace in life.
She learnt to weave Harris Tweed having had no previous experience in any sort of weaving, but had just taught herself to knit so decided that a job using yarn would be nice - little did she know then how much her business would revolve around wool!.
The colours of the Islands are a big influence for her, especially the coast and the sea, but it is such a vibrant island in all seasons there is always something to inspire her.
After starting weaving full time, she realised that she could knit whilst sat at the loom. Using yarns left over from weaving, along with waste selvedge from the loom, her little knitted 'Sheepies' and 'Coos' appeared! Using mostly waste products from weaving Harris Tweed, she designed them as she sees animals - sheep are round and cows square - and sold them in a craft shop in Stornoway - they turned out to be a best seller.
Nicky has a spinning wheel and loves making art yarn, plus hand dyeing yarns using the colours of the Islands as inspiration.
She has recently opened an 'honesty shop' at her home in Upper Coll.
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