As part of the Scotland Can Make It! events programme for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Festival 2014, I held a WEAVATHON - a relay where the weaving shuttle took the place of a baton and the race was on to weave enough fabric to yarn bomb a lamp post in the Games host city. Participants across the country took turns creating colourful stripes in a community woven fabric and left messages of support for the athletes "be the best you can be!" - "go for gold!" - "we are so proud of you!" - "oooh ooooh ooooh ooooh" (this one from a young lad and his toy monkey)
Home / Away, a set of two woven merino wool scarves, were designed by Emlyn Firth and I as souvenirs to support teams during the Commonwealth Games, as people from all nations gather in Glasgow to participate, spectate and cheer on their homeland.
The scarves pattern is inspired by traditional herringbone tweed – the original performance fabric for outdoor sport and activity and is a pattern that continues to form a mainstay of the internationally renowned Scottish textiles industry. The WEAVATHON shared the process of hand-weaving herringbone tweed with new audiences and created an explosion of colour that aimed to celebrate the community spirit of sporting events and Scotland's rich textile manufacturing heritage.
More info about the Scotland Can Make It project here!