Proud to be part of the Harris Tweed Story

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The story of Harris Tweed never gets old, in fact, it simply gets better each time it’s told. The integrity and authenticity of this ancient cloth are just two of many reasons why we love working with Harris Tweed and why we feel passionate about playing our part, in supporting what is now a thriving […]

The Mark of Genuine Quality

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At Blackhouse, we don’t just love Harris Tweed, we love the history of Harris Tweed. I mean, what’s not to love?! It has experienced exploitation, consultations, inspections, World Wars, Acts of Parliament, protection in law and global fame. It’s colourful history has not only added to the character and integrity this special cloth emanates today, […]

Blackhouse bleats about wool week

Harris Tweed Stories

10-15 October Celebrating the virtues of wool is never a chore as far as Blackhouse is concerned, it’s another fantastic opportunity to not only shout about how proud we are to be a chink in the wool chain but how this natural fibre is at the heart of everything we do at Blackhouse. Just a […]

Summer Break

Harris Tweed Stories

Mid-August brings a little respite for the weavers and mill workers of the Outer Hebrides as production is halted for the annual summer break. Two weeks off allows time to focus on the crofts, well deserved holidays to be taken and island weather permitting, a little sunshine to be enjoyed. Many weavers, particularly older hands, […]

From Shearing To Stamping

Harris Tweed Stories

Now that the shearing of sheep’s wool has taken place across the islands we thought we’d share the ten steps required in turning this 100% pure new wool, freshly washed and scoured, into the fabric we know and love, Harris Tweed. The journey begins with huge bales of clean, white, 100% pure new wool arriving […]

Shearing in the Sunshine

Harris Tweed Stories

After a run of wet, windy and cold weather, the crofters of the Outer Hebrides are seeing some sunshine and double digit temperatures at long last. With a little more warmth, now is the perfect time to get rid of the winter wooly jumpers and start shearing the sheep to allow the creation of our […]

Enjoying the Ride with Harris Tweed

Harris Tweed Stories

The summer days of the Outer Hebrides are long in sunlight with their peak being reached on Midsummer’s Eve last week. In these remote northerly latitudes the sun barely sets, dipping only briefly below the horizon before rising again with the sky still glowing in spite of its disappearance. The BBC cameras were at the […]

Looming behind the scenes

Harris Tweed Stories

The original Harris Tweed loom was the beart bheag (small loom in Gaelic), a small wooden loom predominantly used prior to 1900. Made locally, it was traditionally used by women for domestic purposes. The heald shafts (na buird) were activated by four treadles connected with cords to the healds. The shuttles, which were boat-shaped, carried a metal […]

Double win for Harris Tweed in prestigious London Awards

Harris Tweed Stories

Summer isn’t traditionally a season associated with Harris Tweed but with an international reputation and global reach, there is always someone, somewhere, in need of a little warmth, quality, style and beauty. The island mills remain in full production at this time of year, processing orders to ensure cloth is delivered to clients in time […]

The Orb, The Act and The Authority

Harris Tweed Stories

On every piece of Blackhouse furniture and accessory you will find a very special label alongside our own. A simple grey piece of satin stitched with bright red and black thread bearing the iconic words ‘Harris Tweed’. And if you look even closer, you will spot ‘The Harris Tweed Authority’ Registered Trademark No.319214 and 100% […]

Welcoming a Weaver into our Blackhouse

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A Harris Tweed weaver from the heart of the Outer Hebrides joins the Blackhouse team! We want to help bring our customers a little closer to this beautiful cloth and to the people who we make it so we’ve teamed up with Mike Donald, a crofter and weaver from the Isle of Lewis. As well […]

The Wing-Back Revival

Blackhouse

  The classic wing-back chair is currently experiencing a fantastic comeback…and quite rightly so. This iconic style of chair, that dates back to the 17th century, has previously been criticised for being too fuddy-duddy and dated looking. In latter interpretations, however, the wing-back design possess more fluid and streamlined shapes creating more of a modern […]

Snowed In?

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Image: View from Blackhouse HQ today! It’s a snowy blizzard here at Blackhouse HQ today. North East Scotland has been hit bad with weary winter weather, which has made us wonder whether we will manage to make it home tonight! This has got us contemplating about what would make the perfect ‘snowed in’ day. Here […]

Rabbit at Golf

Harris Tweed Adverts

Image reproduction courtesy of the Harris Tweed Authority. Thanks to our facebook friend for explaining what ‘rabbit’ meant in golfing terms. If like us, you are unfamiliar with the term then here was the explanation (it should make the advert’s message seem much clearer): “Rabbit is a golf side bet that gets its name from the […]

Why Wool is Best

Blackhouse

With the launch of wool house this week (13th-24th March) at Somerset House, London, we felt it was only fitting to blog about the fantastic raw material that we use to cover our furniture. The famous 100% wool Harris Tweed. Find out why wool is worth bleeting about! 1.Natural and Renewable Wool is a natural fibre. […]

It doesn’t matter if you’re Black or White

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Get your house in order this spring with a simple monochrome colour palette. From catwalk to home interiors, black and white is at the forefront of this year’s fashion. What’s more is this trend will never really go ‘out’ of fashion. It’s a win-win if you ask us! Blackhouse has put together a list of […]

London Links

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The Blackhouse team were in London this week. Take a group of rural-Scottish-living individuals and throw them head first into the hustle and bustle of London’s busy city centre…and what do you get? A Blackhouse brainstorming session!! At Blackhouse we like to occasionally step out of our comfort zone in search of cutting-edge design and inspiration. It’s all in […]

‘Nature’s Masterpiece’ 1957

Harris Tweed Adverts

Photo reproduction courtesy of the Harris Tweed Authority This advert was featured in a 1957 edition of The Sphere (a British newspaper that subsequently closed in 1964). It promotes Harris Tweed as a ‘masterpiece’ through the collaboration of nature (the 100% virgin wool) and man (the process used to dye, spin and weave the wool). These […]

Baa Baa ‘Blackface’ sheep, have you any wool?

Harris Tweed Stories

Scottish Blackface sheep, account for about a third of the UK’s sheep population. They are a tough and adaptable breed and well suited to bare landscapes and harsh conditions. It comes as no surprise then, that these mammals are native to the barren, rocky isles of the Hebrides. Traditionally, Harris Tweed would have been made […]

New York Fashion Week

Harris Tweed Stories

Check out designers, Steven Cox and Daniel Silver’s for their 2013 Tailored Menswear collection. “Standouts included double-breasted coats with blocks of colour, a knee-length camel duffel wool with pink Harris Tweed stripe and a black wool coat worn with a navy blue herringbone tweed overcoat. The theme of mixing fabrics and colours in tailored pieces was […]

The Diverse nature of Harris Tweed

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Harris Tweed is a world-renowned fabric. Traditionally and stereotypically seen as a fabric worn by those of a certain ilk, mainly the rich and famous, the rebirth of the industry in recent years has transformed how people view this special cloth. The material’s durability and versatility makes Harris Tweed the number one choice for a […]

Trip to the Tweed

Blackhouse

Last week Blackhouse HQ temporally relocated to the birthplace of Harris Tweed: The Islands of Harris and Lewis. We stayed in the beautiful Gearrannan Blackhouse village, which was so aptly named for our visit. We couldn’t have possibly stayed anywhere else!  It was here the Blackhouse team brainstormed until the wee hours of the morning, coming up with […]

2013 hopes & dreams

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Another new year is upon us with 2013 being a particularly special one. Having survived the Mayan apocalypse; made it through the rainy food-fuelled holiday season; celebrated the New Year with lots of fizz and cheer we have started 2013 in hope of a better lifestyle. For many people the New Year equal s a […]

Weaving the Tweed

Harris Tweed Stories

Harris Tweed is about quality, style, history and heritage. It is the only fabric in the world to be protected by its own act of parliament. Each inch of cloth has to go through a specific process to be classed as Harris Tweed. “Hand-woven by the islanders at their home’s in the Outer Hebrides, and […]

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Harris Tweed Stories

Then let us begin… Once upon a time, on a rocky barren isle, not far from here a world famous brand was born. The people of that island created and nurtured a unique cloth, a hand-woven tweed sourced from the wool of the indigenous livestock. One poor crofter endured the treacherous journey across the choppy […]