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What's happening at McLean & Co in May 2022?

Who can believe it is already May 2022? Firstly, thanks to all of you who supported us during our "Wish we were at the Wanaka Show" sale. Secondly, thank you to everyone who responded to my appeal to drop us review online or by email. It really makes a difference to our online sales if people can buy confidently from us. If you have bought from us and love what we are doing, please consider leaving us a review. We have had lots of visitors to our weaving shed of late - we love showing people o...

May 4, 2022

We love Fashy hotties!

We love our Fashy hot water bottles and have used them for years throughout our cold South Island winters. We recommend using German designed and manufactured Fashy-Thermoplast hot water bottles. Fashy has been making hot water bottles since 1948 and has continuously been developing its technology and design. These hotties are robust and durable, odourless and rubber free, with a large opening for safer filling. We stock Fashy hot water bottles in red, blue and grey. We have plenty in stock so c...

April 14, 2022

Collaborating with Revology Concept Store

If you are in Wanaka go and check out Revology Concept Store at 28 Helwick Street. This beautifully curated shop is definitely worth a visit, and not just because they stock McLean & Co. The Revology Concept Store & Tea House is about circular design & mindful living. It's a space dedicated to rethinking how we design, use (and reuse) materials. Along with original designs from their Design Studio, they have a curated selection of useful, beautiful everyday items from local and international des...

April 4, 2022

Wishing we were at the Wanaka Show Sale this weekend

Like many thousands of others, we wish we at the Wanaka Show this morning, ready to experience the camaraderie, atmosphere and sheer joy of an amazing event. It's not just about making money (although that certainly helps!!) it's also about catching up with friends and acquaintances, old and new, and talking about our journey, our product and our passion for New Zealand wool and our Hattersley looms. Because we can't catch up at the show this year, we are taking this opportunity to bring some of...

March 11, 2022

Newsletter - Feb 2022

Hi, I'd better get this written and sent out to you quickly - it's already nearly March and I've been busy making product for the coming cooler months while Rod has been busy weaving our first commission for the year. We have an interesting year lined up and are both excited by the potential of 2022....

February 26, 2022

Naming our textile collections

"How do you name your fabric collections?" Good question, often asked. Here at McLean & Co. we focus on local. We focus on history and tradition. We focus on craftsmanship. We focus on sustainable. We focus on slow... Because of this, when it came time to start naming our NZ wool fabrics it was an easy decision to focus on the history and tradition of our town, Oamaru, with its connection to the wool industry here, past and present, and its connection to the United Kingdom, the homeland of many ...

February 19, 2022

The history of herringbone

We weave a lot of herringbone patterned fabric, all using natural fibres, usually New Zealand wool of course! The herringbone pattern has been around for a long time. It was named for its similarity to the skeleton of a herring fish with its distinctive v-shaped weaving pattern. It's also known as a broken twill weave and you will find it used a lot in woollen tweed fabrics. Evidently the earliest examples of the herringbone design were found in valuable Ancient Egyptian jewellery, in fabric ori...

February 14, 2022

Meet the maker - Oamaru 2021

We love being involved in the Waitaki Meet the Maker event. It's an opportunity to be part of something much bigger than ourselves, give back to the community and of course show people what we are doing in our shed. ...

August 20, 2021

Shining on...

Our son Lachlan Dougal McLean shines on in so many ways, some tangible and some not, but he is always here, there and everyone, shining for so many people in ways Rod and I will never be aware of. We are honoured and humbled to have been featured in a passion project by the wonderful people from Green Renaissance.  ...

October 30, 2020

A video by Brian High about how we do what we do.

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May 13, 2020

What's the Fashion Revolution?

It's April already and #fashionrevolutionweek2020    The world is a different place to this time last year. Many people are having time to take a breath, and take stock of some global issues that we often glance at, but don't look too deeply into. The issue of fast fashion's impact on our Earth; socially, culturally,environmentally, economically and ethically is one of these. In response to the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh and a call for more transparency in fast fashion...

April 9, 2020

Where does the time go???

I have been thinking it was time to write another wee episode for our blog. I couldn't believe it was October when I last sat down to do this!! It got me thinking, "Where does the time go?"...

February 23, 2020

Go Sweet Spot

One of the things that has concerned me for some time is the simple act of posting our orders away in plastic satchels - so a couple of weeks ago I did something about it. We joined the team at www.gosweetspot.com, a 100% New Zealand owned and managed company started by some mates a few years ago. You can read about how they started here.Theirs is a cool story - seeing an opportunity, making a kind of plan,getting out there, working really hard, really believing in what you are doing, caring abo...

October 17, 2019

October newsletter time...

The year is speeding by and we are busy weaving and making stock for our coming busy season. One would think that winter would be the busy time for woollen textile manufacturers, but actually the busy time for us spans November through to May - the tourist season, and then heading into winter. Jazz has been really busy weaving beautiful New Zealand wool into fabric for me to make into a new range of throws which will be online shortly. So far she has woven four colourways (Sky Blue, Daffodil Yel...

October 17, 2019

Wool, wool, wool....

Our business, McLean & Co weaves contemporary textiles using  New Zealand wool and traditional tweed and tartan patterns. Our textiles are limited edition, created in an ethical and sustainable manner; valuing the looms, the woollen fibre we use, and the people we work and interact with. Rod and I choose to weave woollen cloth. Wool is an exceptional fibre. A common fibre with superb attributes of being sustainable, resilient, absorbent, insulative, biodegradable, useful and reusable. The C...

October 4, 2019

August 2019 newsletter

Writing a newsletter is scary - I receive newsletters from a few organisations and companies and I am always interested in the written and visual content - and most of them look so amazingly perfect, well-polished and confident. Tonight I finished our August newsletter and then pushed the 'send' button - it was really scary because the only other newsletter I've done I had my friend Frances here with me and we both checked it over and worked on the visuals and format together. Tonight I had to b...

August 5, 2019

The Slow Fashion Movement

People often ask "What is slow fashion?" Quite simply, slow fashion is the opposite of fast fashion. Slow Fashion is an awareness and approach to fashion. It means you choose to buy less, purchasing better quality, classic pieces which add value to your wardrobe. It means making conscious and thoughtful decisions about what you choose to buy. It means making a stand for environmental issues by insisting on transparent and sustainable production processes that do not harm our Earth. It mean...

July 16, 2019

Do we call it NZ Halfbred, Colonial Halfbred or Merino/Romney cross?

Whatever you want to call it, we love Halfbred yarn. It's soft, durable, lively; a real pleasure to weave and wear. Halfbred growers tell us that they are kind sheep, with a good nature. Here's a little bit of history for you... The Halfbred, or ‘colonial’ Halfbred, sheep was one of the first crossbreeds specially developed for New Zealand conditions during the later 1800's. A cross between a Merino and a Romney or English Leicester, Halfbreds, like Corriedales, are a New Zealand breed devel...

July 13, 2019

North & South magazine article

The Ōamaru couple bringing back traditional textiles by Sue Hoffart / 13 October 2018   Sue and Rod McLean hand weave traditional textiles in their Ōamaru workshop using three cast-iron looms that are more than 100 years old. Photo/David Atkinson Patience, resilience and passion are woven into the work of Ōamaru handcrafters Rod and Sue McLean. As men of a certain age turn to Lycra and road cycling, Rod McLean prefers a little more sartorial elegance while pedaling his loom. The waistcoa...

June 18, 2019

Mary's blankets

One of the pleasures of commissioned work is meeting fabulous people who love the handcrafted, and love their wool.  One such couple hail from the Franklin region, south of Auckland.  They had a pet sheep named Mary, and a daughter who wanted a blanket made from Mary's wool.  The journey of fleece to blanket ended up taking more than a decade. It took a few years for Mary to grow enough wool, then when there was enough the fleece was shipped north of Auckland for scouring, then s...

November 5, 2017

Becoming marketeers!

Another exciting thing we get to do now is go to markets where we get to show off our wares and talk to lots of people.  Every market has a different feel to it and we have enjoyed meeting fellow stall holders who have been very generous with helpful information and amusing market stories. Here is Rod in our gazebo at a fete at the Cromwell Racecourse in November.  Our stall and unique product attracted a lot of attention from people interested in textiles and the craft of weaving.&n...

October 8, 2016

Weaving for heritage

During 2014 we were approached by Louise Deans to see if we would be able to weave the curtains for the new Homebush homestead.  You can read about Louise's journey of the past few years and the planning and construction o the Ian Athfield-designed house which sits amid the trees and green fields of historic Homebush, near Darfield, and was built as a replacement for the ancestral home of Canterbury pioneers William and John Deans, and which came crashing down in the 7.1-magnitude earthqu...

August 17, 2016

London Cloth Company

We have been corresponding with a fabulous young man named Daniel Harris who established the London Cloth Company a few years ago.  He has some Hattersley looms just like ours, and is infatuated with the whole looms and weaving process, just like another man I know!! Check Daniel out -  http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26179200...

August 15, 2016

Collaborating with Jane Shand Design

Rod and I are very privileged to have been commissioned by Jane Shand from JSDesign to weave some of her very fine merino yarn.  It is undoubtedly the most exquisite yarn we have ever worked with and it is grown in Middlemarch and milled at the Bruce Woollen Mills in Milton, which just adds to our belief that rural NZ has the produce and the skills to produce world class products. You can check Jane and her merino products out at  http://www.jsdesign.co.nz/ We spent yesterday threadin...

March 26, 2016

NZ Life and Leisure magazine feature

We are very fortunate to have been featured in NZ Life and Leisure this month, and also on their online magazine: Thanks to everyone who has made this happen x http://thisnzlife.co.nz/weaving-future-bespoke-handwoven-t…/ ...

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