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Who is Arra? Arra MacDonald was my great grandmother. She was a hand spinner who lived in the Orkney Isles when I was younger. Please tell us your background; do you have any formal training? I studied Textile Design, specialising in Weave, at Heriot Watt University for four years, with a semester spent studying in Finland as part of the Erasmus exchange programme. How did you become a weaver; is it something you’ve always wanted to do? I’ve always been creative and I enjoyed the structured, mathematical side of weaving when studying it at university. What is the inspiration behind your beautiful textiles? My designs are based around the natural world, particularly the coast. I wanted to create organic woven patterns that were flowing rather than linear and straight like a lot of weaving tends to be. Tell us about your gorgeous yarns. Is it important for you to keep everything as local as possible? When I started Arra Textiles, I decided that the quality and feel of the yarn - and resulting fabric was more important than where it was from. Being based in the North East of Scotland, using local wool would mean that the fabric would be quite rough and wouldn’t be very comfortable against skin. I use yarns that are spun and dyed in Yorkshire, so a little bit further away but still from Britain! ukhandmade winter 2017 | 33

UK Handmade Magazine Winter 2017  

Wrap up warm against the winter chill and indulge yourself in the handmade treats we have for you. Discover wonderful prints, gorgeous ceram...

UK Handmade Magazine Winter 2017  

Wrap up warm against the winter chill and indulge yourself in the handmade treats we have for you. Discover wonderful prints, gorgeous ceram...

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