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An introduction to how it all started.
I live and work in the village of Kirknewton on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city. My workspace overlooks the Ochil Hills.
In June 2006 I fell in the garden at home and broke my ankle, a fairly long and boring recovery period was relieved by some experiments in dyeing, learning to spin using a spindle and later a wheel, and being encouraged to put the yarns I was producing up for sale. The business took off and I gave up my 25 year long nursing career to be a full time dyer and maker in March 2007. I also design and make leathergoods; notebook covers, bags, needle-rolls and other useful things. I use leather from local tanneries, including Red Deer hide. I sell these under the Bothy Leather label.
I'm self taught. My dyeing techniques have been developed by experimenting with different methods and pushing those as far as I can. As far as I know, I don't dye in the same way as anyone else. My systems are entirely my own.
Eight years of colour blending experience goes into each skein of yarn. Leather goods are sewn by hand with a needle and thread, or perhaps with my vintage hand crank sewing machine because I believe the methods produce a better finish. These differences matter.
I use high quality raw materials and take care to select only the best yarn and dyestuffs, the most interesting leather and silk. I buy my goods from British suppliers, and try to make them as local a possible (one is within a couple of miles of my home). My prices are calculated carefully to ensure sustainability.
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