This year I am joining with Jennifer over at Thistlebear, for her Winter Link Party, where bloggers post their craft projects over the autumn and winter months, and encourage each other along the way. Do pop over to Jennifer's truly heartfelt and delightful blog and read all about it.
For my November Winter Project Link Party post I am sharing my most recent make; a Harris Tweed scarf, lined with Liberty lawn cotton. Harris Tweed is a unique fabric, proudly made in the Western Isles of Scotland. The colours are truly remarkable; complex, beautiful, and reminiscent of the remote and stunning landscape of the islands. Please read more about this truly amazing fabric here.
I bought some offcuts of Harris Tweed when we visited the Western Isles during the summer, and amongst the pieces was a pretty length of pale blue, which was just the right size for a chunky winter scarf. I chose some co-ordinating fabric from my local sewing shop to use as lining, and, with right sides facing, machine stitched the lining fabric to the tweed along three sides. I left the lining slightly longer along the second long side, and brought it round to the front of the scarf, hand stitching it along the length to break up the plain blue at the front.
Every Harris Tweed item is entitled to have a Harris Tweed label attached. I had a few tucked away carefully, but when it came to stitching one on to my scarf, they were so carefully tucked away that I couldn't find them. I improvised with a label from the sleeve of a Harris Tweed jacket of Derek's. Unfortunately this meant there was a tiny nick out of one side, but I tried not to mind about this small flaw.
I am very happy with my scarf. It is extremely cosy. I wear it with the lining side next to my neck. Here I am wearing it; this shot taken today between chores when I realised I didn't have a 'live' photograph of my scarf!
Do pop over to Jennifer's blog and catch up with all the other crafty bloggers joining with the Winter Link Party.