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Margaret Gradwell

I am originally from Edinburgh. I’ve been sewing since a child, taught by her mother and influenced by other family members. Coinciding with retirement from the NHS I was asked to make some items for a charity sale in Scotland and decided to work exclusively with the tweed from my rather large fabric hoard.

This sparked an interest in sewing with Harris Tweed, protected by the Harris Tweed Act of 1993, a pure wool cloth hand woven in their own homes by weavers on the Isles of Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra.

Each item is handmade, fabrics chosen to match and made from Harris Tweed. The tweed is purchased directly from weavers on trips to the Outer Hebrides. After a period of selling through local craft fairs and markets I was delighted to be invited to join Lancashire Makers.