One Pesky Little Thread

I truly love to weave. The raising of the shed, the throwing of the shuttle, the beating of the weft are all part of a symphony of action and sound that make a happy place for my otherwise crazy brain. But getting to that place can push the limits of patience. And one pesky little…


Remembering Edward Bransfield

Edward Bransfield is the Irishman that was the first to see and chart the Antarctic Peninsula. He was an unheralded explorer. Few knew of his existence even though a mountain and an ocean strait were named for him. “Who is Bransfield?” people would ask. But no one really remembered. But a little digging revealed that…


It’s All in the Process

People ask me about weaving and my first response is “It’s all about the process”. The questions range from “how do all those threads get on the loom?” to “what’s the difference between knitting and weaving?” to “what’s a loom?” The answer to the first is —keep reading! The answer to the second is–keep reading….


The Weaving of a Scarf- The first step!

There is an old saying that “no one want to know how the sausage is made”. I can understand that with sausage. It’s messy. And gooey. Weaving can be messy-threads all over the floor, lint, lousy language when there is operator error or loom error. (Yes, the loom can make a mistake. They always blame…


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…


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…


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…


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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