The new Scottish Design Exchange department: browsing handmade Scottish textiles

I’m afraid I’ve been a bit slack in the sewing part of my DIY blog. Apart from making baby blankets (see here), about 2 dozen burp cloths (here) and a hooded towel and wash cloth set (here), I’ve been taking a bit of a break from sewing too much.

It might sound like a cop out, but before our 2015 wedding, I sewed an average of 2 to 3 dresses in the whole year, but in 2015 I found myself making 5 dresses, 1 stole and custom glittered one pair of shoes for our wedding (see here), as well as made 2 dresses, within a 9 month period. Now the projects that I have in mind feel more like a list of tasks waiting to be worked on than a relaxing and creative hobby.

Sometimes all that’s needed is a bit of inspiration and that was something the new textiles department at the Scottish Design Exchange at Ocean Terminal. If you haven’t visited the shop space before, the Scottish Design Exchange features only products made by Scottish designers (I previously wrote about their new fashion loft here) which launched last year. The store is a great place to shop for unique Scottish gifts for friends and family, local and abroad.


Owls made from punctured inner bicycle tubes!

I was recently at SDX for their launch event which featured various fabric samples designed by Scottish designers in a wide range of fabric. For those who are handy with a needle and thread or sewing machine, the blank canvases of beautiful fabrics can be your way of turning them into something truly remarkable and beautiful to showcase your craft and skill!

There are plenty of different prints ranging from abstract linens to beautiful soft polyester velvet floral prints.

I didn’t get a chance to go through the entire rack, but most of the fabrics on sale would suit home furnishings, like curtains with some which will also be suitable for crafting (like cushion covers for example) or dressmaking. The Scottish hare print would make lovely homemade Scottish souvenirs or presents and if only I could think of something to make my mother-in-law that she would be able to use, this would be just the fabric she would like.

For fabric from Scottish designers, I can’t say that the prices are too dear, ranging from about £34 to £78 per metre, especially when most of the fabric are heavier and more suited for upholstery and curtains, but when I’m used to buying lighter cotton fabric, it’s hard to compare. Given that the medium-weight lace fabric I bought for my wedding wardobe cost around that price (approximately £30/metre), it seems reasonable enough to pay for the labour put in by Scottish designers, wouldn’t you think?

The Scottish Design Exchange can be found on the first floor of Ocean Terminal in Leith, EH6 6JJ.

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