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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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What Our
Customers Say

I love Gael Gisvold’s new tartan for many reasons. Celebrating Edward Bransfield’s discovery of Antarctica with the shades of the Antarctica land and seascape is such a cool idea. The colors are beautifully woven in to a fascinating story of this icy, harsh environment. My scarf is soft and warm. The colors match most everything that I own. Being Scotch Irish myself, I appreciate the interesting histories that so many tartans can tell.

Christine Crossan Bogart

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