I weave using locally spun, 100% wool Donegal Yarn, to make my craft as sustainable and regenerative as possible. I make a large range of products, from hats to purses, waistcoats to bookmarks, and always try new things. I sell locally and nationally: at fairs, markets, shows, craft shops and galleries. In 2023 I launch a new online shop, which will showcase my full range of products.
My Art College training has lead me to be quite creative in my work; I never repeat a piece of weaving. Each scarf, shawl, etc. is individually handwoven from a uniquely designed warp, the weft colour or weave structure (or both) are changed with each piece so that my customers truly have a one-of-a-kind product. This way of working pleases both my customers and myself, as I find it pushes the design process further along with each warp I weave, so I am always learning something new.
I live and weave in a quiet part of North-West Donegal with ever-changing and inspiring views of Errigal Mountain and Tory Island.
Some years ago I graduated from University with an Honours Degree in Textile and Fashion Design with a specialism in weaving. Soon after, I followed my dream to live in Donegal, the home of weaving and, in particular, the world famous Donegal Tweed.
Brenda Hewitt Handweaver