An Taigh Dubh - The Blackhouse

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An Taigh Dubh - The Blackhouse

by Laura Winser, textile artist and tutor.

Textile Art. Approximately 20cm(W)x7cm(D)x10cm(H)


Inspired by her heritage, Laura created these gorgeous little Blackhouses ‘An Taigh Dubh’. They make a perfect keepsake and are knitted with carefully selected yarn , with recycled cardboard for the internal structure and rice for some weight. The pattern has evolved to get that stone wall effect; she loves how the chosen yarn has flecks of colours which so well represent moss and other weathered features. And for the blackhouse, I’ve settled on a copper/brown ombre yarn as when the sun is setting over the Gearrannan blackhouse village, the colours of the roofs are just beautiful. They are lovely on their own on a shelf or would make a handsome set of bookends. Approximately 20cm(W)x7cm(D)x10cm(H).


Laura Winser is a textile artist and tutor from the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles, Outer Hebrides of Scotland. She is also a cardiac intensive care nurse and since 2015, she has lived in Kingsbridge with her husband and now with two young children. Laura designs from the Garden Mill Studio in Kingsbridge where she produces work in a variety of media, primarily textiles which she sells in outlets across the South Hams and Western Isles and through her own exhibitions and events.

She uses her creativity to find mindful ways to manage her well-being after being diagnosed with a progressive hearing loss disorder which also results in balance issues and variable tinnitus. Laura also set up Kingsbridge Crafters after finding a need in her local community for a group that promotes wellbeing through creativity, community and skill-sharing. This group also collaborates with other local groups and initiatives.

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