A Quick Plug of my Wife' business.

Tulloch

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Everything at Handmade Highland is made or printed by hand in a work shop by one person.

There are no elves helping in these processes just one pixie who is a mother of 4 amazing children that have learning difficulties. The workshop is based slap bang in the middle of the Highlands surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever see.

First started as a hobby but now a small business the Pixie specialises in sublimation and Harris Tweed creations, She can print pretty anything on a mug, plate, key-ring or coaster (and many other items such as water bottles and wine boxes), The Harris Tweed she uses for her specialised bottle lamps, Compaq mirrors, purses, cushions and the many more items she creates are all genuine Harris Tweed sourced directly from the weavers themselves.

The Pixie makes things to order as well as having some creations in stock so it is always worthwhile to ask what she can do for you.

The Pixie also welcomes trade customers.

email : dawn@handmadehighland.com or visit her Facebook page


Thank you for supporting a small business.
 

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Woodsmoke

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I'm sure I've seen some of her work in gift shops? Best of luck to her. Some beautiful stuff there
 

Tulloch

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I'm sure I've seen some of her work in gift shops? Best of luck to her. Some beautiful stuff there
It cant have been her work mate as she currently only has one outlet and that is a small cafe , trying to boost her business beyond the small cafe she sells in , it has been a real hard slog for her , Thank you though for your kind words mate
 

Tulloch

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The problem lies , and this includes Visit Scotland, is that companies such as Bruar and Visit Scotland buy the material themselves then send it to china to get it printed and made then it comes back to Scotland and sold as handmade but it is not handmade in Scotland
 

Uncle f

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Ah the beauty of cheaper labour don’t you just love it!!!
Happens in all industries I’m afraid. However perhaps that could be the unique selling point as being exclusively hand made in Scotland!!!
I for one would rather buy something slightly more expensive if the quality is better. Perhaps try and jump on the back of that. It’s hard I appreciate but keep at it and it WILL work

Good luck to you all and don’t give up
 

kes

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There is a very large market for 'throws' and incidental rugs. If your pixie could make a fringed rug or a simple throw (examples in John Lewis) at mega bucks, they would sell quickly. Harris Tweed, as you obviously know has a very big and growing 'cachet' particularly for the young'. There has probably never been a better time to be Handmade Highland - see if you can tap in to other local handmade industries and form a cooperate for selling on-line.
If you had a common website and a 'manager' to screen and approve content, you could postand sell e.g. Highland watercolours, highland (organic)
Honey and a load of other products which would benefit from the 'local, highland, handmade, organic, from the highlands' etc.
I could get really excited about the potential of such a business - tap into the sock market - highland wool and cashmere. Sweaters with that earthy look and thick slubbed wool weave (heather colours is being worn by people like Alice Cooper and that guy Niel form coast.
Post a few high profile endorsements on the site and bingo - you are making a mint and developing local industry ( for which there must be grants etc.)
The very best of luck - I'll have a look at the sites and see if I can purchase something !
 

Tulloch

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There is a very large market for 'throws' and incidental rugs. If your pixie could make a fringed rug or a simple throw (examples in John Lewis) at mega bucks, they would sell quickly. Harris Tweed, as you obviously know has a very big and growing 'cachet' particularly for the young'. There has probably never been a better time to be Handmade Highland - see if you can tap in to other local handmade industries and form a cooperate for selling on-line.
If you had a common website and a 'manager' to screen and approve content, you could postand sell e.g. Highland watercolours, highland (organic)
Honey and a load of other products which would benefit from the 'local, highland, handmade, organic, from the highlands' etc.
I could get really excited about the potential of such a business - tap into the sock market - highland wool and cashmere. Sweaters with that earthy look and thick slubbed wool weave (heather colours is being worn by people like Alice Cooper and that guy Niel form coast.
Post a few high profile endorsements on the site and bingo - you are making a mint and developing local industry ( for which there must be grants etc.)
The very best of luck - I'll have a look at the sites and see if I can purchase something !
Thank you
 

CarlW

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What a talented lady. Lovely craftsmanship. Have you considered exporting to Japan They love anything Highland at the moment. Call their embassy up and ask how to go about it.

Kind regards,

Carl
 

Tulloch

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What a talented lady. Lovely craftsmanship. Have you considered exporting to Japan They love anything Highland at the moment. Call their embassy up and ask how to go about it.

Kind regards,

Carl
Little legs starting slow , to be fair she has been going now for a couple of years and invested somewhere in the region of £20k into equipment presses and sewing machines and it ha genuinely been a trickle, A lot of the overseas folk we have tried to deal with have expected thousands of pounds worth of freebies before guaranteeing order which is just unaffordable . She done ok at Moy Game Fayre a few years back but only making the costs of the stall back and at nearly a grand for the weekend in total was totally not worth it, but she still persists trying to get involved with these things .

been crazy to be honest but getting there.
 

JAYB

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Dave, what is up at Shin falls now, if that has been rebuilt it may be worth a try.

John
 

Chriscotter

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Tulloch
Why not Try a small discount for SD members iv just been ordering a couple of the stag cushions as they really look smart and noticed she has a coupon facility already set up. I’m with the other about being happy to pay for quality though. I’d rather pay for quality once than buy tat twice.
Regards Chris
 

Tulloch

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Tulloch
Why not Try a small discount for SD members iv just been ordering a couple of the stag cushions as they really look smart and noticed she has a coupon facility already set up. I’m with the other about being happy to pay for quality though. I’d rather pay for quality once than buy tat twice.
Regards Chris
hi mate where are you looking ?
 

Chriscotter

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Yeah but had already ordered lol. Let’s just hope it encourages others on here to support someone working hard at a small business.
 

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