Claigan, a beach of a wrap


I thought I’d share a little of our design process with you. We’ve just released some new wraps from a warp inspired by Claigan Coral Beach, Skye.


This is a warp woven by Mr Weaving Heart and it’s been a collaboration from start to finish.

As the main control freak  weaver and someone who likes to think they know more about our customers’ preferences, I get overall design approval. However, I get that it’s important Mr Weaving Heart has an input too – the trick is balancing how much…

So he chose the Claigan Coral Beach on Skye as the inspiration because we have spent many happy holidays there and Skye is really where the whole knitting/spinning/weaving started.


We visited Claigan in the middle of  February (as you do), with our lovely son, Adam, who was going through his dyed black hair and piercings stage (that didn’t last very long thankfully). 


With white sand (made from hundred of millions of tiny shells) and crystal clear blue water it looks straight out of somewhere very hot like the Maldives. Except it isn’t, it’s freezing, something I confirmed after I decided to go skinny dipping while Mr Weaving Heart and Adam looked on in shock. Sea swimming during winter in Scotland must be one of the most exhilarating things you can ever do!


Anyway, enough ‘flu-inducing rememnising and back to the wraps.

We chose mercerised cotton for the warp, as it has a jewel-like quality and perfect for the clear water and that kind of translucent light Skye is famous for. As for the draft, well it had to be pebble weave really didn’t it?


There are three wraps from the 10m warp; 

a 2.3m ring sling piece in gold bamboo


a 4.2m (size 5) wrap with taupe tencel weft (the pebble weave works perfectly with the tencel, adding a grippyness you don’t usually get with tencel) 


a 2.6m (size 2) blue Egyptian cotton wrap


All are now for sale here

2 thoughts on “Claigan, a beach of a wrap

    1. weavingheart Post author

      It’s a bluster bay end feed shuttle (efs) and the hooks are the tensioning system. Some efs’s use something called Honex to tension the yarn but I find the hooks simpler. Depending on how much tension you want you use more or less hooks to wind the yarn around.

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