Nestling in a beautiful valley in Highland Perthshire, Sula’s workshop is based in the village of Strathyre, making hand-crafted soft furnishings including curtains and blinds, throws and cushions as well as fine upholstered furniture using their signature Harris Tweeds and Scottish wools. We have a retail base at Venachar Lochside, an award winning restaurant and event venue over-looking Loch Vennachar, just north of Callander.
Owner Catriona MacGeoch founded Sula in 2005, and although Sula’s home is in Perthshire, the heart of the business, and Catriona herself, really belong to the islands of the Outer Hebrides. Childhood summers spent in her grandmother’s croft on the Isle of Lewis left her with a passion for the colours and textures of Harris Tweed, and the ‘clickety click’ sound of the weavers’ looms is still a sound that is both evocative and inspirational for her.
Sula does not mass produce but offers limited edition and bespoke designs, mostly using the legendary Harris Tweed, the only cloth to have its own Orb trademark of distinction.
Catriona still makes two or three buying trips to the islands each year, working directly with the weavers, and is continually inspired by the master craftsmen and the endlessly changing shades and patterns that they create by hand.
She strongly believes that traditional Scottish textiles can work as well in a contemporary style – a tweed cushion paired with a black leather Corbusier chair for example – as with a classic country house interior, where the rich colours and deep texture work brilliantly with a polished oak floor or huge arched window.
Catriona and her team work from their workshop dating from the 1640s with a wood-burning stove and labrador for company. Happy to collaborate with professional designers as well as personal buyers, Catriona brings a wealth of design know-how and is always happy to advise on how to bring a house or hotel to life using the mythical, magical material that is Harris Tweed.