THE WEE QUILTER

No 4 Trotternish Avenue, Staffin.

Wendy Higgins is the owner and creative force behind The Wee Quilter. Wendy creates all her bespoke products from 100 per cent cotton fabric, which are entirely hand-made. Wendy, who has been a quilter for more than 20 years, makes her vast range of quilted products from her wooden workshop/shop in Staffin, which lies in the garden of her home. Her carefully crafted and colourful goods include everything from quilted blankets for adults and children, small decorations, cushions, soft furnishings, tea cosies and wall hangings. Visitors can pop into the workshop and observe Wendy at work, peruse the unique products for sale and find out more about the materials, techniques and processes involved in creating the different goods. Wendy also welcomes commissions and out-of-hours enquiries. Wendy said: “It was always my dream, to be running my own quilting business. Now my dreams have come true and I am lucky to be doing this on the Isle of Skye, one of the most beautiful places I can imagine.”

Wendy’s workshop and shop is based at 4 Trotternish Avenue, Staffin, and is open to the public Monday to Friday between April and October.

Directions: from Portree, the workshop is 17 miles north on the main A855 road. The Wee Quilter is signposted and is on the right-hand side, 200 yards past the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland. From Uig, the Wee Quilter is only nine miles away over the single-track Bealach road. Turn right at the Brogaig junction and the Wee Quilter is approximately one-and-a-half miles south, on the left-hand side.  Contact details: Phone The Wee Quilter on 01470 562 787 or 07814 882479. E-mail Wendy@weequiliter.co.uk or by post to… The Wee Quilter, 4 Trotternish Avenue, Staffin, Skye IV51 9JU. The Wee Quilter on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheWeeQuilter More information can be found on The Wee Quilter via http://www.weequilter.co.uk/


 

SKYELIGHT CANDLES

Upper Garafad, Staffin.

It made perfect scents for Skyelight Candles to use Staffin’s hills, sea – and even the weather and heather – as inspiration.  The candle-making business was only established 14 years ago but has carved out an impressive reputation in that time, both locally and further afield, largely through word of mouth and the quality of their hand-made products which have won repeat business and a loyal customer base. Over the last two decades thousands of candles have been painstakingly created in the firm’s Garafad workshop/shop and sold to customers all over the world. Chief candle-creators and owners Nick Wakeham and Kevin Topping currently make around 2,500 candles a year, of every shape and hue, with many of them directly influenced by the scenery and environment they live in, which few places can hold a candle too… Not one of the candles is exactly the same and their signature star-shaped candles can take a huge amount of creativity and effort – up to 17 hours to make just one.  When they started out they used the Quiraing and Staffin Bay as a chief influence in their work.  They have developed those ideas further. Nick said it took 18 months to perfect the quintessential smell of burning peat while Skyelight also developed the heather-scented and purple coloured Heather Haze. Rain can visit Skye (on occasion) and prompted the Sparkling Rain candles which are created using a hot iron and silver beeswax to give a clever sparkling falling rain effect.  Recent creations like the new colour-changing Faerie Glen candle has proved a smash hit with customers who can buy from the gift shop, phone or online.

The shop also stocks a range of other products including crafts and cards, tins, tea lights candlesticks and candle holders. Beeswax candles of every colour are also available.  Candlemaking classes are held in the workshop which are particularly popular with visitors over the summer months. Participants are shown how to make a candle from scratch, have fun and get to take away their efforts too. Opening times: Skyelight Candles is open from Easter until the end of October, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Candles are available via online sales 365 days of the year and if anybody wants to visit the shop outwith normal opening hours please call the number below. Directions: Skyelight Candles is situated in Staffin at the north end of the Isle of Skye. It is 16 miles north of Portree on the main A855 road or nine miles across the Bealaich/Quiraing road from Uig. Travelling from Portree you will enter Staffin and pass the 40mph road signs, on the right hand side is the Free Church of Scotland, a large white building. Skyelight Candles is on the first right, just past the church and is well signposted. Coming from Uig, you drive through Staffin and just as you are about to start climbing the brae out of the 40mph limit you will see the sign on your left-hand side. Please ensure you use the Skyelight Candles’ driveway and car park instead of parking in the church. Contact details: Phone Skyelight Candles on 01470 562 738. E-mail admin@skyelight.co.uk or via post to Skyelight Candles, Upper Garafad, Staffin, Isle of Skye, IV51 9JX. For more information visit http://www.skyelight.co.uk/ or check out Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Skyelight-Candles/237405249695369