Roger and Andrea


A tweed worn by the rich and famous is the inspiration for Glendale weavers Roger and Andrea Holden.

In the past the Glenurquhart Check, probably one of the world’s most famous tweeds, has been worn by the likes of former US president, Ronald Reagan, actor Cary Grant and figured in the creations of designer Ralph Lauren.

Created in the mid-19th century it now comes in a huge variety of related patterns, known as Glen Checks.

Now though this October, to mark Wool Week, a celebration of all things woollen, Roger and Andrea who run Skye Weavers, are setting out to design their very own special variation of this pattern, the Glendale Check.

And to tie in with that they have launched their own competition.

They say: “ But before we can take to the drawing board, we need your help.

“We’re looking for your view of Glendale and its colours. Where are your favourite places in the glen? What are the distinctive colours of Glendale? Get your camera ready and show us.

“Send us your pictures by the end of September. We’ll compile a shortlist of our favourites at the start of Wool Week (10th October). You will then have a chance to vote for the picture which will inspire our Glendale Check tweed design.

“If your picture is chosen, we’ll send you a gift of four Glendale Check cushions, which we will sew for you as soon as the tweed is ready.”

Anyone who wants to be involved should send their entries to Roger and Andrea at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.