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Now there is even more choice available in my range .... Introducing my Monogram / Initials personalized hip flasks

I'm always thinking up ways to add a new twist to my Harris Tweed hip flasks .  As most of them are purchased as gifts, personalisation can add the final touch to a thoughtfully selected present.  Wondering where to find the ideal retirement, birthday, Best Man or graduation gift ? Something unique and personal which will be much appreciated?  A unique Scottish gift? Well, here it is......

 

  • Top quality leather labels 
  • Hand embossed with 1 -  4 Upper Case initials 
  • Choice of simple or ornate fonts
  • Available in a huge choice of tweed or tartan

The combination of hand woven pure wool tweed and leather oozes quality and style,  and the handmade labels are fixed with metal rivets for a rugged, rustic and perhaps even industrial feel.

Each flask is carefully made to your own requirements, selected from a wonderful array of tweeds.  With traditional herringbone weaves so distinctive of Harris Tweed ,  country style checks , much loved tartan and plaids,  all in so many colour combinations,  every taste is catered for.  From country sports lovers to urban hipsters,  Dads, Grads, Lads and Lassies,  give them a gift they will love and cherish!

 

 

Supplied in a satin lined gift box....

All flasks come individually boxed,  complete with Harris Tweed orb label on the back,  and official black and gold Harris Tweed Authority swing tag.....guaranteed authentic Harris Tweed handwoven in the Outer Hebrides.

 

 

 

 

 

Now available in my shop.... See them here

 

February has Arrived!

 

 

February - Snow on the ground, love in the air, and spring just around the corner!

So we're now into February... Christmas has passed, Hogmanay celebrations are a distant memory now,  and snow is still falling here at Tweed with a Twist H.Q.

For most of us round here,  February can be a cold, dreary month.  Winter is still with us,  and summer seems so far away.

But today,  look what I spotted bravely rising up from under the still lingering snow in the garden :  the first snowdrops of the year....                                                                      snowdrops-snow-february-scotland-early-spring  

It's  traditionally said that snowdrops sprang up from the tears of the Angel of Mercy,  bringing hope to those in despair.  They are always a welcome sight towards the end of the winter,  and hint that spring is not far away.  

 

Love is in the air... Valentine's Day 14th February

Yes,  its the time for hearts and roses.  Show your love and devotion to that special person in your life with a thoughtful little gift .

And to brighten up your February,  here is a discount code for any item in my shop...  it's valid until end of March too !

Can be used on any purchase,  from a little keyring to a full set of groomsmen's flasks,  so don't forget to enter the code below at checkout to make great savings.

 

 

Happy New Year 2018!

 

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely time over the holiday period,  and wish you all a happy and prosperous 2018

Here at Tweed with a Twist HQ in Bonnie Scotland we always have a traditional Scottish Hogmanay with all the family, complete with shortbread, black bun and of course a good single malt to bring in the new year.   Although now our traditional ceilidh music is streamed by bluetooth to our speakers,  we enjoy all the old favourites leading up to the Bells, and into the wee sma' hours.

After the Bells, we go out first footing.... visiting our neighbours to wish them a Happy New Year.  Sticking to the old traditions, we bring a lump of coal, a piece of Black Bun,  and our New Year bottle to share a tot of whisky. 

The first foot over your doorstep in the new year should be tall and dark haired, the Black Bun washed down with the tot of whisky,  and the coal put on the fire with the greeting "Lang may your Lum Reek!"  meaning   " may smoke keep coming out your chimney"..... you'll always have something to eat, something to drink and a warm fireside to sit at.

 

And here's my own lum reeking.....

 

Yes, we still have our coal and log fires,  always a pleasure to sit by on a cold and wintery day.  Even the dogs love it.  But not everyone has open fires now,  so as a little Hogmanay gift I often bring one of these little keyrings.....

  

 

or alternatively one of these......

 

Always a welcome little gift,  and an ideal housewarming present too.

Happy New Year,  all the best for 2018!

 

Tweed with a Twist... What's it all about?

How it all began....

 

  

Strathaven Castle

 

 

I'm Nora,  a Scottish lass living and working in a rural area of South Lanarkshire, a few miles outside Strathaven. I specialise in luxury tweed and tartan gifts for the wedding party, particularly the Best Man, groomsmen and fathers of the bride and groom.

I have always been interested in art, design and textiles. I learned to sew at a very early age, and enjoyed designing and making my own clothes as a teenager.  However, I was gently guided towards a more academic route, and followed a career as a research scientist, considering art as more of a hobby.

But when my first child was born, everything changed. I was living in a beautiful rural area, my husband was already working from home, and I decided to become a stay at home mum.

View from my window...

I started a small craft business, making jewellery, accessories and high quality bags and purses. I also occasionally made bridesmaid's dresses and carried out bridal alterations, mainly for friends an family.

One day, I was looking for a Scottish gift to take over to an uncle in Canada who was retiring.

As he loved a little dram, I thought of a hip flask. I wanted something unique, a high quality item he would be proud to own. In the shops, I could only find run of the mill, mass produced flasks, or cheap imported items with tacky slogans. So I decided I would make my own!

I already had a stock of the luxury hand woven Harris Tweed, famous throughout the world for its quality and style. Using a blank stainless steel flask as a base, I produced my first Harris Tweed covered flask, with real leather trim and a hand cast pewter celtic knot embellishment.

It was a great success, and immediately I was asked to make a set for an upcoming wedding....

Tweed with a Twist was born!

 

The Products

 Working from my small studio, I source only the highest quality materials, and each order is handmade to your specific requirements. That way you can be assured of bespoke, high quality gifts tailored to your own exact specifications to make truly unique gifts which will be much appreciated.

Although based in Scotland, I'm proud to say my items have been sent all over the world , from Finland to South Africa, Australia to Japan.

Why the popularity of Harris Tweed and tartan?  Well, wedding trends may come and go, but there's a bit of Braveheart in every Scottish groom...and what man doesn't look great in a kilt? Tweed and tartan feature strongly in many Scottish weddings, and I also have had many orders from USA, where many like to proudly display their Scottish heritage.

With the popularity of Rustic and Barn weddings, my Harris Tweed rustic range featuring brown leather labels on earthy tweeds has proved extremely in demand, along with the more traditional tweeds and also tartans to match your theme, kilts or family name.

But Harris Tweed is a much loved iconic fabric, part of Scottish heritage but also adopted by top fashion houses throughout the world.. A traditional fabric for gamekeepers and country gentlemen, yet an equally stylish choice for urban hipsters!

I also supply gifts for the Bridesmaids, and indeed all the family and for other occasions. As a keen jewellery maker, I couldn't resist incorporating tweed in my jewellery, so you will also find a selection of unique Harris Tweed jewellery in my shop too,

I am always adding to my range, and I'm currently working on some rather nice rustic- themed corsages and boutonnières which will shortly be appearing in my shop here where you can see all my current stock,  or request custom orders.

 

 

The Promise

 

All my items are made with care and attention,  to the highest standards. If for any reason you are not completely happy with your item, it can be returned, refunded, exchanged or altered to suit your requirements.

I want you to be happy with your purchase,  and any concerns or problems you may encounter will be quickly and happily resolved to your satifaction with the minimum fuss.  I assure you of my attention at all times.

In compliance with the EU distance selling regulations,  any item can be returned  for a full refund , by notifying me within 14 days of receipt,  then returning the item in its original condition within a further 14 days.

Exceptions include custom made orders, which are not returnable unless faulty.  However,  I am happy to supply samples  of materials, colours etc. before orders if requested..  occasionally there may be a small charge for this,  although it would be refunded on full order.