The Shetland Tweed Company is pleased to offer a bespoke service to designers or individuals who require a unique cloth. We work with our clients to select colours and patterns, providing samples and advice, prior to weaving a one-off design.

The process of commissioning follows a series of steps which are illustrated below so you can understand how we like to work. If you would like more information or want to speak to us about your idea get in touch.

All our tweeds begin with an idea. A photograph or a painting provides a starting point for colours and patterns. We work with our clients to choose appropriate hues and suitable tones for the project.

We hand-weave samples. Once there is an agreed colour palette and some ideas about the kinds of pattern needed, 20x20cm samples are woven by hand and sent to the client. When the samples are agreed the final length of cloth can be started.

The weaving of the final length starts with hand-warping and threading the loom. The 24 shaft dobby loom is air-driven and computer-controlled. A minimum of four days is needed to complete this stage.

Once the loom is ready, weaving begins. A maximum of seven metres can be made in a day because the shuttles need to filled with hand-wound spindles of yarn, and errors need to be fixed. Colour changes too slow down the process.

The woven cloth needs to be finished. It is taken off the loom, checked over and then sent to the Borders in Scotland for washing and pressing. The finishing gives the cloth its classic feel and drape.

After finishing, the completed fabric is returned to the studio. It is then packed and sent to the client.