The Irish Mountains collection
A warm colour palette of natural dyes that are softly tonal – reflecting the heather colours of the Northern Ireland hills and mountains.
The viscose chenille warp mixes with the unusual weft of wool, silk, cotton and polyester that have been spun together. Small flecks of silk added during this spinning add a subtle, speckled texture reminiscent of Donegall tweed.
The patterns consist of a plaid – a window Pane check and a plain weave. The heavy body weight of this fabric combines with 100% cottons and the occasional cheeky satin mix make this collection memorable for its textile touch – scrummy.
Sometimes you come across some amazing fabric that just screams out to you to create something with it. This glorious tweedy fabric is outstanding. It is a thick, rough looking weave – but it has silk and cotton in the mix as well – so it is really soft. It is actually an upholstery fabric and it sells at a whopping £84 a meter. I bought a sample book with pieces of all the different colour ways – so this range will be a very small range of bags – with all the designs especially created to suit the fabric.
This is a little satchel / attache style case. It would suit a daily handbag – but would also be amazing as a media case for your tablet – notebook – phone – camera. Or a fantastic art case to keep a small sketchbook and pens with you all the time.
The bag is 9 1/2″ wide – 8″ high – with a top fold over flap and a small carry handle.
The outer fabric is a rich oatmeal colour with darker browns – and blues for the different stripes. There is a 100% cotton blue herringbone trim round the bag – on the handle and for the tab that holds the D ring. There are 2 tuck lock clasps set onto the herringbone to close the flap. On the inside we have a 100% cotton fabric with sketched dog outlines that have bright colour pops on their collars – ears – tongues – a really fab fun secret inside to what looks a serious straight laced outer!
I have set a coordinating fabric tab with a D ring at one end of the bag – and I have added a couple of little doggie theme charms for an extra bit of prettiness. All of the bags and purses comes with it’s own Barker & Crabbe logo pin badge.
All the seams are fully enclosed so the inside is as neat as the outside – beautiful.
The fabrics are padded with a high loft fleece for softness and ‘bounce’ – and a firm stabilizer for strength and support. I don’t add any cardboard or plastic sheet – this makes the item fully washable at 30
I only ever use 100% cotton fabrics not polycotton – because it wears so much better – and I give the finished item a quick spray with a protective spray to resist the dirt.
These are all completed items ready to send out to you. I only make small quantities of these – so grab yours while you can.