We are Clive and Laurence, a husband and wife team and we formed Gongcrafts from our wee croft house in a remote village nestled along Scotland's most northerly coast in the county of Sutherland.
Sutherland, with a population density of one person per 25 square kilometres, is probably one of Europe's last remaining wilderness type environments. It offers the opportunity for experiencing true silence and observing the subtleties and mysteries of Nature.
We are passionate about the extraordinary landscape in which we live and many of our works are inspired by the colours and places we explore here. We are keen that all our products “tread lightly upon the Earth”, hence our adventures in botanical dyes and a desire that all our materials are from a sustainable source.
As a truly sustainable way to clothe ourselves, all things wool are our biggest passion from hand-spinning our vibrant mixed fibre “art yarns” to hand-dyeing standard gauge knitting yarns using locally harvested plant material and botanical extracts from sustainable sources.
We also hand-spin yarn from some of the wonderful native breeds of sheep found in the Highland areas of Scotland which have subtle and evocative shades reflecting our landscape.
Most of the textile products we offer for sale use our yarns. We create with love and hope our customers receive the same joy in their purchases that we experience in their making.