In addition to bespoke design commissions, Araminta has also developed her own range of limited edition tweed designs. These have been made into her tweed bag range and also sold by the metre. Contact us to enquire about availability.
When designing tweed Araminta has always used the landscape around her as inspiration. The forests and rivers of her home in rural Aberdeenshire have influenced many of her designs, as well as the patterns and seasonal rhythms she experienced growing up. Araminta’s tweeds don’t follow quickly changing fashions; instead she tries to create designs that are classic and timeless, for use in both the country and the city. There are an amazing range of patterns that can be created in tweed, and she aims to celebrate this variety instead of just using those that are most commonly recognised. All of the tweeds are woven in independent Scottish mills, with only 30m of each limited edition design being produced.
Spring Woodland Tweed
When designing this tweed Araminta was inspired by the bluebells and daffodils in the woodland behind her parents house during Spring. She loved the fresh green growth with the flecks of blue and yellow as the first flower bloom. The simple blue and yellow check on a green reflects this bright time of year. A very popular tweed, it was the first she released.
Autumn Reflections Tweed
I wanted to capture the reflection of the Autumn leaves in the river; the image distorted by the rippling water, with flecks of the crisp Autumn skies. I love the colour combination in this unusual tweed which I drew inspiration from a 1930s hand woven waistcoat. It looks very smart in the products and is ideal for transferring from a city to country look.
Heather & Granite Tweed
Growing up in Aberdeenshire, Araminta was surrounded by the harsh granite and rolling heather covered hills. She wanted to create a tweed that really reflected the landscape which so often is covered with the shroud of the famous Aberdeenshire Haar (Scottish sea mist). The soft colours and broken design make this tweed disappear into the landscape, with delicate purple and green checks to give the effect of the heather just coming into bloom. She used a very traditional Scottish design that is seen little these days but this makes it one of her favourite combinations.
River Dee Tweed
This design really reflects home to Araminta. Growing up a stones throw from the river, she remembers the way the colours constantly change with the mood of the weather. This tweed was inspired by the colours of the river at the opening of the fishing season in February. With the deep blue winters sky and the reflection of the trees in the river, the ferns on the river bank were still the wonderful amber they turn in the autumn. The design also reminded her of her grandmother; a traditional structure with block colours which she always associated with her Grandmother's tweed skirts.
Scots Pine Tweed
Heading a little further North to the native Scots Pine forests of the Cairngorm National Park, this tweed was inspired by the habitat for Cappercaillie and the Red Squirrel. In the Autumn the bark turns a wonderful deep red and orange, with the ground a wonderful brown from fallen pine needles which deepen in colour on the trees. Araminta wanted to disguise the typical diagonal lines of a tweed by combining 2 colours in the warp which picks up on the flecked floor of the forest.