The design concept
I really enjoyed developing the concept for the design of the flower which was inspired by our local rag rugging techniques. Each beret colourway sports a coordinating handmade flower, each one made from Lochcarron of Scotland repurposed tartan fabric. Lochcarron tartan is woven just over the Scottish border from us, here in Northumberland.
There are seven other colourways available from my British Craft House accessories store in this uniquely finished beret design (see last image) as well as the custom option. If you would like to commission me to create your very own customised beret, choosing your beret colour, then adding a bow and tartan flower of your choice from the colour swatches please use the custom listing – for ease of reference this colourway features a winter red beret, red petersham bow col 1, and tartan flower col A, tonal blue.
Wear and care guidelines
Your beret and tartan handmade flower have a high wool content so are quite robust. When not in use please store your beret flat, flower uppermost, or if you pop it in your handbag when you’re not wearing it, fold the flower and bow inwards, loosely. However, after a period of “lurking” in your handbag, you may find your beret and its flower may need a little TLC.
The best way to refresh your beret is to lie it flat, stalk side down, on the ironing board. Hover over the beret with your steam iron, gently puffing steam over the entire beret, including the flower and bow. Then gently reshape the beret concentrating on especially the flower and bow, remembering to lie the beret flat with the flower uppermost, until dry. If your petersham bow points show a tendency to curl up, try steaming the points and gently pinning them flat through the beret itself, with dressmakers’ pins until they are completely dry. Finally use a clean suede brush to give your beret a light “spruce up”, which will keep your beret and trim looking stylish.