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Mixter Maxter Pompom Social in Collaboration with Age Scotland Orkney

Through her newest brand, Mixter Maxter Knitwear, Fashion designer Kirsteen Stewart has launched a new product range after working with local WRI groups to create a collection of accessories

Launched in Winter 2017, the proceeds from sales of the collection which will go towards supporting older people in the community through Age Scotland Orkney.

The idea started when the designer began discussing the project with Gillian Skuse from Age Scotland Orkney.  Kirsteen said  ‘We wanted to have a social aspect to this project and for it to involve people in the community.  Through my work I have noticed that people love to make and we thought bringing the idea of donating time rather than money would appeal to makers who would like to get together”

Mixter Maxter put a call out to local groups including the WRI asking them to take part and donate a two-hour session to make Pompoms.  Mixter Maxter provided the kits, wool and refreshments for the evening as well as training everyone who attended how to make the ultimate pompom.  The sessions started off with a group in Burray and have continued to be successful with groups from Kirkwall and St Ola taking part.  The furthest Pompom social so far has been held in Zimbabwe with GoGo Olive as part of Kirsteen’s work in Africa. There was also a Pompom Social at the Princes Trust Tomorrow Store in London as part of Wool Week UK.

“The response we have received so far has been fantastic.  Not only have people come along to make Pompoms but also they have donated wool and we have Pompoms coming in from people who are making them at home as well.  We have even had requests to help from Australia”

Gillian Skuse commented “Age Scotland Orkney’s objectives are to work in partnership with Mixter Maxter, a successful local designer, to help combat isolation and loneliness for anyone who lives in our community. By offering an opportunity to socialise, have fun and meet others whilst taking part in an activity that will benefit a local charity with any money raised being used to support services for older people in Orkney. The idea of using the WI network is perfect as they have links directly with many people that are hard to reach and they have the organisational skills and local knowledge to make it happen”

The full range of products including a hat with interchangeable Pompoms is available at and will also be available at The Pier Arts Centre and Hume Sweet Hume in Kirkwall.

For anyone who would like to take part or would like to find out further details about the project contact