DawnColgan

Harris Tweed - hand made, bespoke and unique gifts

Beaconsfield, United Kingdom · 348 Sales

DawnColgan

Harris Tweed - hand made, bespoke and unique gifts

Beaconsfield, United Kingdom 348 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(85)

Announcement   All of my dog related items have now moved to my 2nd shop - www.thetailoredhound.etsy.com.
This shop is dedicated to my designs and makes in Harris Tweed, with a little bit of Liberty thrown in.
Harris Tweed is a cloth steeped in history. Woven on hand looms, it is the only 100% natural fabric produced in commercial quantities by truly traditional methods anywhere in the world. Working with Harris Tweed is a pleasure and an honour – the company only awards their famous ‘Royal Orb’ mark to people who understand the material and use it sympathetically to make fine goods. All of my products use 100% branded Harris Tweed and are made by hand with great care and attention, ensuring that every item will give you delight for years to come.

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 28, 2017

All of my dog related items have now moved to my 2nd shop - www.thetailoredhound.etsy.com.
This shop is dedicated to my designs and makes in Harris Tweed, with a little bit of Liberty thrown in.
Harris Tweed is a cloth steeped in history. Woven on hand looms, it is the only 100% natural fabric produced in commercial quantities by truly traditional methods anywhere in the world. Working with Harris Tweed is a pleasure and an honour – the company only awards their famous ‘Royal Orb’ mark to people who understand the material and use it sympathetically to make fine goods. All of my products use 100% branded Harris Tweed and are made by hand with great care and attention, ensuring that every item will give you delight for years to come.

Dawn M Colgan

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Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
(85)
laura teal

laura teal on Jun 24, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Cute academic diary, fast delivery. And brilliant customer service as needed help with colour advice. With happily but again and recommend. Thank you so much dawn. Happy customer, Laura x

Karen Smith

Karen Smith on Jun 7, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Gorgeous case - I use it to store a couple of phone powerbanks and their respective cables in my bag. Love it and adds a burst of colour and class! Thank you ^_^ c

officialboxall

officialboxall on Jun 6, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Been using it for a while now looks incredible, good quality and feels comfortable. Easily adjustable would buy another for my second guitar!

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It's always lovely to receive photos of my work, especially when it is for such a cute fellow. I'm at the NEC this coming weekend, please pop in and say 'hi' if you are in the area.

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The stunning colour of Harris Tweed made into these half check collars. Winging their way to Italy tomorrow.

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This very dashing boy in his new coat. How smart does he look? smile
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About

If you’d told me that one day I’d be setting up an online shop…

I’ve been working with fabrics for 40 years, ever since I was allowed to have my first go on the family sewing machine. I began sewing, doing piece work, in my 20s and since then I’ve made all manner of things from crocheted blankets to bridesmaids dresses to fancy dress costumes. I’ve also worked as a repairs and alterations consultant, most recently for the famous Jolliffe’s costume company. I pride myself that I can make almost anything … and I have been sorely tested; I’ve made everything from a Millennium Bug costume to a set of six silk bridesmaid’s dresses, all unique but complimentary, and with matching parasols. I even crocheted part of a woollen coral reef for Stephen Fry and the BBC TV show QI!
But away from the weekly round of repairs, makes and alterations my real love is making beautiful objects in fabric. And, in recent years, I’ve fallen head over heels in love with Harris Tweed. I love the colours. I love the patterns and textures. And I love the uniqueness of this wonderful historical cloth. I began by making presents for my friends and family: purses, washbags, waistcoats and things like that. Then, one day, I was asked to make a dog coat by a friend of a friend. I’d never made anything like that before but I love a challenge and, after trying out a couple of prototypes, I created a design that I was happy with. The customer was delighted too; so delighted in fact that she asked for a matching collar and lead and I had to learn a whole new set of skills! Then she told her friends and they told their friends and, before I knew it, orders were coming in from all over the place. In the meantime, the popularity of my smaller items was growing and a good friend said to me, ‘Why not make them available online?’ And that’s where this shop came from.
I am also a portrait artist. My medium of choice is black and white pastels. Why not colour? I’m not sure. I think it’s the graphic quality that I like; I much prefer black and white photographs to colour photographs for the same reason. They seem to have more depth and interest. My favourite subjects are animals – particularly dogs – and once I started talking to a lot more dog owners, thanks to the dog coats I was making, many of them requested portraits too. Some people really love their dogs! So I thought, ‘If I’m going to have a shop, why not combine my two great loves?’
I can do portraits of any of your loved ones, four legged or two, and I work from photographs – the higher the quality of the photo, the better the portrait. If you live anywhere reasonably near me, I’ll even come and do a photoshoot where you are and you can choose the photos I work from.
So that’s my shop: beautiful, handmade items in Harris Tweed – from coin purses to dog coats - and black and white pastel portraits of the people and animals that mean the world to you. I hope you like what you see.
Please note that any photo sent to me and one which features my products, I have the right to use that photo in promotional work.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have or, indeed, any projects you’d be interested in me tackling that isn’t represented by my stock. As I said, I love a challenge! Mail [!at] dawncolgan.com

I also have a second Etsy shop called 'TheTailoredHound'. Where I make all things for your dog. www.thetailoredhound.etsy.com

Dawn Colgan

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  • Dawn

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I'm happiest when making and creating special things for special people. When not at the sewing machine or easel, you’ll find me in the garden or romping in the countryside with my dogs, Tallulah and Teddington. I'm married to writer Stevyn Colgan.

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Last updated on Dec 31, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Shipping upgrades

Shipping upgrades are available on request BEFORE ordering. However please note: IF you are requesting a shipping upgrade on your order the dispatch times still apply. This is because I make all my items to order as I don't have a small little elf who does the work for me overnight (I believe they are all on some holiday vacation ... ) I will always endeavor to get your order out earlier than the dispatch date indicated, but during busy times this may not always be possible. Please contact me for further details BEFORE ordering to avoid disappointment.

Custom and personalised orders

Please enquire about any changes to my designs BEFORE ordering. I am very happy to discuss changes and requirements, but due to the expensive fabrics I use, there is usually a difference in cost for a custom order.

Sizing details

I cut all my fabric by hand, because of this sizes can vary slightly. I also have design inspiration sometimes when sewing. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I will only ever send you one of my products if I am happy with it.

Care instructions

Harris Tweed is 100% wool. Wool that comes from the black faced sheep in Scotland. It is very hard wearing, but as with all wool, it will shrink if washed in hot water and put in a tumble drier. Spot washing is only recommended.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Please contact me, BEFORE ordering, if you would like your purchase gift wrapped. I am happy to gift wrap, but there will be a cost involved

Wholesale availability

I currently do not offer wholesale on my items.