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Posted on Jan 7, 2010 in Bowties, sewing | 8 comments

Patch Wool and Harris Tweed Scarves

So in the past few months, I’ve made 3 scarves.  One gentleman came to me in the fall begging me to make him a patch tweed scarf and after a bit if coaxing, I agreed to patch together my first scarf.  It was pretty big – almost six feet long and a 12 inches wide.  But since he’s in a colder climate, he wanted some heft around his neck. Here’s a picture he sent me of himself wearing the scarf.

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Then I thought I’d use some more of the wool that I had on hand to make my husband a christmas gift. This time I used a brown corduroy fabric on the reverse side to reduce some of the bulk. I’m sure you’ll recognize much of this fabric from my bow ties.
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I think he liked it.

My next patch scarf project has a rather interesting story. Another customer of mine had sent me some tweed he had acquired from Vintage Whistles, an online vintage clothing ship in the UK. All of the fabric was cut from un-wearable Harris Tweed jackets. He wanted me to make him some bow ties and a patch tweed scarf.

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It was sortof funny working with vintage fabric from another country.  I was constantly sneezing from either the fibers or the foreign dust in the fabric.  Even when I was at the post office mailing them away, I kept on sneezing and the lady behind me kept blessing me.  I said “Oh, I’m just allergic to this thing that I’m mailing.”  After I said that I realized that she probably thought I was absolutely batty.  I hope he likes the scarf and the bow tie though.  I’m not sure how he’ll get those suckers tied into a bow, but that’s his problem, not mine!  

As you may notice, I’m on a bit of a blogging streak!  Tomorrow I’m going to give you a sneek peek of the Indian madras fabrics I have for my spring/summer collection of bow ties.  

8 Comments

  1. Thank you for the nod, but more importantly my scarf. It’s near zero around here and my scarf keeps me toasty.

  2. Wow, that last scarf is awesome. I’m pretty jealous.

  3. Ditto on the Harris Tweed scarf. Absolutely fantastic.

  4. I am indeed delighted with both the Harris Tweed Patch Scarf and those two delightful little bow ties. I think the Houndstooth is my favourite of the two and they were no trouble to tie. The Uk is in a bit of a cold snap at the moment so they have arrived just at the right time. Thanks Ellie for your very professional work and skills, you are a little diamond :-)

  5. Harris Tweed.. very English. :) I like! Well done with your cool bowties! AND scarves!

  6. I thought I recognized Toad! Love the scarves. I am going to try this with some slightly moth-eaten cashmere sweaters I’ve been collecting!

  7. Very cool! I like suchthings. I’m a devote tweed fan!

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