I know the blog has been awfully quiet for a while, but there has been a lot going on at Ripples Crafts Towers.  A couple of weeks ago I applied to XpoNorth Cr&FT 2015, to be held in Inverness 10th - 11th June.   Applications were put to a panel to choose those who would be invited to take part.  I was very pleased to be accepted, and next Wednesday I will be taking my place alongside 10 other Highland Designers and Craftspeople.

XpoNorth is Scotland's leading creative industries festival, and is the only festival of its kind in Scotland covering fashion and crafts, publishing, screen and broadcast as well as music.

Here is what the organisers of the event have to say:

"We are delighted to present a showcase the work of 11 of the top Highlands and Islands designer makers at XpoNorth in Inverness on the 10th & 11th June 2015.​​ 

The XpoNorth Cr&FT platform will be both a showcase and a celebration of the most talented designers & makers in craft, fashion & textiles who are currently developing successful businesses in the Highlands & Islands region. The focus of the showcase will be to promote the quality and creativity of the businesses involved and the international geographical reach of their products from their base in the area.

​The work will also be available to purchase and commission at a retail showcase on the 11th June."

The other designers being featured are:

Paulette Brough
Eileeen Gatt
Hilary Grant
Gilly Langton
Heather McDermott
Melanie Muir
Niela Nell Kalra
Gavin Robertson
Julia Smith
Kirsteen Stewart

If you click on the links above you'll see that those businesses being featured are varied in their crafts and skills.  It will be an interesting mix and I'm very proud to have been selected from those who applied to take part.

If you are going to be close to Inverness next week, there is so much happening over the 2 days of XpoNorth.  The programme really is extensive.  However you will need to register online before coming to any of the events, but once you've registered all the events are free.   You will be able to see my contribution to the event on the MG Alba Stage at The Ironworks during the Showcase Party from 6.00 to 8.00pm on the 10th June, and again on Thursday 11th June at the Old Church Hall, Academy Street, Inverness from 11.00am to 5.00pm.

So forgive me if the blog is quiet for a little longer - there is lots happening, but all behind the scenes at the moment.

However, up in the shop are two old favourite colourways, but on the new Suilven yarn base:

Heather Peat and Rock,



and Assynt Hill Tartan