Heather uses a variety of materials to create clothing, accessories and blankets. Warps are usually wool- or cotton-based, as natural fibres are easier to work with, hold their shape and wear longer than synthetics.

Above: natural white and brown wool from Heather's sheep and spun at MacAusland's Woolen Mills in PEI.
Below: 2 ply wool.
Heather's natural wool is used mainly in blankets and throws, where the muted colours complement each other and are accented with brighter bands of dark blues, greens and reds.

In heavier pieces of clothing, such as coats, capes, cocoon wraps and long scarves, wefts consist of wool, wool bouclé, or a brushed wool/wool or mohair/wool mix.


Brushed wool, left, produces an excellent woven fabric because it is soft, fluffy and a good insulator against winter cold! When plyed with plain wool in the weft, a thick and comfortable fabric results.

In all of her clothing Heather uses colour gradients complemented by weft colours which pick up on elements of the warp. Every piece of clothing from a warp is different.

 

Small scarves, cotton tops and light jackets are woven with plain, mercerized or slubbed cotton with raw silk, chenille or rayon accents.

Left and above: plain cotton and cotton bouclé


To create a more dressy garment, Heather sometimes incorporates a few strands of synthetic material in the warp, such as the rayon chenille at left. The fabric then appears shot through with light and colour, adding glamour and interest. Many of Heather's small scarves are woven with fancy samples and mill ends, meaning they are totally unique and unrepeatable creations.
In the late 2000s, Heather started using some some new fibres in her weaving. These include soy silk, bamboo and tencel, a wood fibre. All of these materials have a lovely shine and produce dressy garments that drape beautifully.