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The Blankets are Coming, The Blankets are Coming!

That gorgeous picture was taken when the first threads for the scarves went on the loom at Cushendale Woollen Mills. It was a magnificent day that made me cry. Today, the wonderful people at Cushendale let me know that the warp for throw blankets is on the loom!!! The blankets will be made of the…

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What is Handwoven

Handwoven. The word brings up images of rug making or gets confused with crochet or knitting. The word does apply to the rug image but what handwoven means here at Penguin Designs is different. Handweaving for me means there is a loom in what people would call my dining room. It means that there is…

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A Journey Continues

Welcome to Penguin Designs. Welcome to the Penguin Designs website home to tartans honoring Irish Antarctic Explorers I created the original tartan pattern to honor the Irish Explorer Edward Bransfield who was the first to see, map, and chart the Continent of Antarctica. It is registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans as the EDWARD…

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Customers Say

I was lucky enough to meet Gael on a trip to Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands. We had such a wonderful expedition to one of the world’s most remote and wildest places. I was recently gifted this beautiful tartan by our polar historian, Ingrid Nixon, who was with us on that same trip. I absolutely love it, and it makes me think of my many fond memories while visiting the Antarctic Peninsula, and the brave polar explorers such as Bransfield who came before us. What a wonderful gift! Thank you, Gael! Cheers to you, and to experiences that change us forever!

Kelsey Simmons

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