I have had a stand at "Scotland's Trade Fair" over the last three days showing our Anna Macneil products to shop owners and retailers and taking orders. Over the course of the next two or three months we will have hats and scarves, bags and purses, wraps and wallhangings, plus a few more things besides, winging their way all over the world to both old and new customers.
The show organisers hold a "Best Product" competition, and in the Clothing and Textiles category, our new Kindle pouch was judged "Highly Commended".
This new product has come about as a direct result of a request from a customer and has involved a lot of discussions and research. The result is a fully lined, embroidered Harris Tweed pouch just large enough to slip in a Kindle, that closes with a velcro closure along the top edge. There is a long detachable tweed strap so that you can either just slip the case into another bag, or have it slug over your shoulder or across your chest. This is ideal if you have a long commute where you like to read on the bus or train and keeps your Kindle safe and secure. Our Velcro closing purses and pouches are proof against pick-pocketing, in that it takes two hands to open them, and you can't do it without making a noise! (Of Course I do have to stress that I am NOT offering a guarantee against theft!)
Just email us your tablet dimensions - or send us make and model and we will find out the dimensions. As with most of our products, these can be made in any colour. They feature a Celtic knotwork design on one side and on the reverse there is a small official Harris Tweed label surrounded by embroidered Celtic knotwork detail.
It will be a couple of weeks before the Kindle pouch is included in the on-line shop (that involves my husband doing some work for me - cobblers children etc.......!) but order by email if you can't wait that long!
Here you see the pouch in the dispaly cabinet at the show with me sporting a new tunic that I recently made. It was made just because I wanted it myself, but it attracted many favourable comments, and an order from Canongate Jerseys and Crafts in Edinburgh, so it will have to be back the the sweatshop pretty smartish to cope with all the orders!
And of course, you are always very welcome to call into our studio 6 miles from Inverness on the A862 Inverness to Beauly road. At the studio you will be able to choose your tweed, discuss sizes and have things custom made - or browse through our stock to buy off the peg.