March somehow encapsulates optimism. It’s a month of changes, of rebirth. The sun starts to show itself for a few unseasonably warm days, showers of rain fade into an optimistic hazy sunshine and timid shoots of green growths begin to peep out of the muck. Those carpets of crocuses and glades of bluebells are only weeks away.
Carding and spinning is wonderful to watch and the machinery used is more often than not over a hundred years old. In many of our STABLE Irish blankets, throws and scarves you’ll find Donegal yarns, which have a distinctive fleck added into the threads – a look for which Donegal weaving is famous the world over.
Often associated with working class, it was in fact first worn by wealthy sporting gentlemen throughout Europe and, in 16th Century England, men were obliged by law to wear flat caps on Sundays!
Just as every family would knit their Aran sweaters with a particular series of stitches in order to distinguish a fisherman drowned at sea, so too would every crios have its own particular identifying set of colours.
Ireland became expert in linen production as far back as the 17th century...being in direct competition with the English woolen industry, Ireland was forced to switch to linen production....by the 1920's there were over 70,000 people directly employed with approximately 37,000 looms
The COLOUR Scarf by Patrick Scott was originally commissioned in 1968 by Kilkenny Design Workshops, exactly 50 years ago. Part of the STABLE ART Series Project and follow “Pub Wall” by Patrick Scott and “Flight” by Louis Le Brocquy, crepe de chine silk scarves reproduced exclusively by STABLE of Ireland.
Patrick Scott was one of Ireland’s leading visual artists is a major figure on the international art stage.
Made from flax fibre, linen has been one of the world’s oldest fabrics and previous generations before us have always known and appreciated the unique qualities of linen. Here are 8 reasons to love linen bedding.
How extraordinarily is it that our tiny Island can be simply represented and instantly associated by the colour green! At STABLE we are flying the flag to especially celebrate our tiny island of Ireland with our STABLE Tricolour.
Linen is a natural fabric produced from the flax plant, which has distinctive blue flowers....Irish linen is renowned for its superior quality. It is a cloth with a complex production process that is delicately woven and intricately designed.
Ireland has a rich heritage of creativity, and since the first issue of Image Interiors & Living, we have prided ourselves on championing and supporting both the artisan and the industry. In our IMAGE Interiors & Living Design Awards 2017, we celebrate the makers and designers who have showcased true excellence in their fields. After a rigorous shortlisting process by our judges and reader votes, we present our ten category winners…BEST FABRIC – STABLE