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Ruth's weaving and
her Hattersley loom

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Ruth's hand-made
felt and tweed
wallhangings

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some of Ruth’s
community art projects

 

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the family business -
Anna Macneil

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Ruth’s Ecclesiastical
Embroidery

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Feltmaking classes
offered by Ruth

 

New Loom Shed now open for visitors

Much of the last few months has been spent building a new shed beside my studio to house my traditional Hattersley Domestic loom which I have brought over from the Isle of Lewis.  Apart from one or two decorative details, the building is finished.  The loom has been rebuilt and is running smoothly.

If you are in the area you are very welcome to call in and have a demonstration of tweed weaving - and perhaps even commission some tweed with which we can make you something special.

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I live and work in the Highlands of Scotland, working mostly from my studio at Inchmore, 6 miles from Inverness.

My work involves many textile disciplines, but generally involves machine embroidery, hand weaving, hand feltmaking, teaching and community art.

I run the family business, Anna Macneil, where along with my daughter (Mary Wood) and my granddaughter (Rachel Wood) we make a variety of Harris Tweed products such as hats and scarves, wraps, bags and purses. We also offer a bespoke service making things such as coats and jackets embroidered with our distinctive Celtic designs.

I have a traditional foot-powered Hattersley loom and use this to weave tweed which in turn we use to create one-off wraps, capes and scarves.

Many of my pieces of wall art make use of my own hand-made felt, often teamed with my hand-woven tweed and embroidered with striking Celtic-inspired designs. These wallhangings can be purchased at my studio or one of the galleries I supply or they can be commissioned according to your wishes.

Another aspect of my work is ecclesiastical embroidery. I design and make embroidered vestments, mostly featuring Celtic designs and traditional tartans. My vestments and paraments have been commissioned from all over the world.

When time allows I offer tuition in feltmaking for all ages. This can be one-to-one or for small groups in my studio, or I can travel to your own venue for larger groups.

Feltmaking is an ideal medium for community art and I have led several projects where groups of people with all different levels of ability have created large wallhangings and banners.

Follow the links to left & right to find out more about my work or click below for latest news on my blog, facebook or twitter.