Today I am thrilled to spotlight on Tweed with a Twist who create the most beautiful Harris Tweed Gifts for Weddings from Harris Tweed and tartan hip flasks to cufflinks, hand mirrors, bracelets and necklaces and more…
I hand you over to Nora Schivas to tell you all about her beautfiful work…
Who are you, and what do you do?
Hello, I’m Nora from weed with a Twist , based a few miles outside Strathaven in South Lanarkshire
I specialise in luxury tweed and tartan gifts for the wedding party, particularly the Best Man, groomsmen and Fathers of the bride and groom.
Working from my small studio, I source only the highest quality materials, and each order is handmade to your specific requirements.
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, and when did you start your Business?
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.
When my first child was born, however, 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.
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 and 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!
Using Harris Tweed and high quality kilt tartans, I was soon kept busy with wedding orders from friends and relations.
I opened a shop on Etsy, and was soon sending my flasks all over the world.
So why the popularity of Harris Tweed?
Wedding trends may come and go, but there’s a bit of Braveheart in every Scottish groom…and whatman 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.
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!
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.
I also supply gifts for the Bridesmaids, and indeed all the family and for other occasions.
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 etsy shop, where you can see all my current stock, request custom orders, browse my reviews and find out more about me…
Thank you so much to Nora for sharing her creativity and absolutely stunning Harris tweed gifts.
I received the most beautiful Harris tweed hip flask and hand mirrors and can tell you that the craftmanship is exceptional, a truly special gift to give or receive.
To Contact Tweed with a Twist
Phone: 07740 068086