My name is Julie and I am the owner, designer and creator at Hare and Boathouse Creations. Why Hare and Boathouse you ask? Well I live and work from home in the beautiful countryside of Wigtownshire, SW Scotland. My workroom is overlooking a Boathouse situated on a stunning loch and we are surrounded by amazing wildlife including my favourite animals, Hares.
I have been sewing all of my life and I am self taught. 4 yrs ago, I decided to put my expertise to good use and set up my little business and I have gradually gained a fantastic reputation for the quality of my items and the care I put into making them. I create a wonderful selection of Unique handbags, purses and accessories mainly using the iconic Harris Tweed cloth and the sustainable and eco friendly, Portuguese Cork Leather (yes, it really is the cork you imagine but very soft and durable). The end of 2018 also saw me adding a range of affordable jewellery to my collection, using Harris Tweed and Cork, that is proving very popular with my stockists and customers. I originally trained as a Florist and the wonderful array of colours out there is amazing. I love colour and because of this, you may notice that I tend to lean towards using very colourful fabrics but occaisionally I do use more traditional colours. I strive to never make two bags (of the same design) in the same fabric so each handbag is truly as unique as its new owner.
I have signed a declaration with the Harris Tweed Authority to confirm that I abide by their 'brand guidelines' for the correct use of the cloth and labels. I purchase all of my Tweed direct from independant weavers (recognised by the HTA) who live and work in their homes in the isles that make up The Outer Hebrides so you can be assured that I only use Genuine Harris Tweed. The Cork I use is a very high quality, uphosltery grade which is from Portugal, one of the better areas for the growth of the 'Cork Oak' trees from which the bark is used to produce the fabric.
You will find me attending many local fairs and events throughout the year and I have a few local shops that stock my items (all are updated on my social media accounts) I also sell through my shop on Folksy.com - the selling platform for UK based artists and makers (website link will take you straight to it)
Thank you for taking the time to read my little intro and hopefully our paths will cross again soon.