Walking is a major part of a hill farmers life; seeking a means to keep the farm afloat Alison took a Mountain Guide course to gain some much needed extra income. Part of the training course took her to the Western Isles, to Harris and Lewis.
Alison’s eye for nature’s palette and the wondrous skills of weavers she met combined with her ability to design and make her own clothes led inexorably to walkers asking where they could buy her designs.
Shepherdess was born. On a kitchen table at the farm.
“Defender of the Wool”
“Why not make your own?” said Donald John, Master Weaver, Luskentyre Isle of Harris to the ever attentive Alison on one of her many visits to his weaving shed. Alison had complained that fleece prices were so low they were being burnt and she didn’t want to see hers go the same way.
So Alison set about finding a market for fell fleeces and designing clothes to create it. Developing strong relationships with weavers manufacturers and retailers along the way resulting in her becoming an acknowledged leading exponent of the International Campaign for Wool with a justifiable high profile in design with a100% British brand.