A WEAVER from Alloa has designed a bespoke tartan for a good cause, helping to raise funds after her "much-loved" mother-in-law passed away.

Alloa-based Claire Hunter of Taffled Threads has created the Snowdrop Tartan design for Strathcarron Hospice, a cause close to her heart.

She will be donating a portion of sales to the Forth Valley hospice as a way of paying tribute to the "wonderful care and support" provided to her family.

Claire was inspired by personal loss, following the passing of her mother-in-law whom the hospice cared for.

The Alloa woman, who spent months designing and weaving ahead of the launch, said: "This design is very personal to me.

"I wanted to do something to say thank you to Strathcarron for the wonderful care and support they gave my much-loved mother-in-law in the last few months of her life, and to our whole family as we came to terms with her loss."

The Snowdrop Tartan, which takes inspiration from the hospice's adopted flower, is being handwoven by Claire on one of her looms at her Marcelle House studio in Alloa.

The snowdrop symbolises renewal, hope and growth; and Claire is set to donate 15 per cent of all sales of the tartan to support the work of the hospice.

Claire, who designed the official tartan for the Royal Burgh of Culross with jewellery maker Lindsey Marchant last year, said: "Given my background as a weaver and the fact I used to work in the tartan industry, I came up with the idea of designing them a bespoke tartan as a tribute to their expert work.

"I've used the green and white colours of this hardy yet delicate wee winter bloom as my template, while incorporating additional shades of blue from the Strathcarron logo.

"I added charcoal to symbolize sadness and grief balanced with a deep red for love."

Talented Claire is using the finest of lambswool yarns in the initiative and designed the bespoke tartan independently of the hospice.

The hospice is also promoting the initiative and said in a social media post: "We love it and hope you do too."

Handwoven scarves, cushions, accessory pouches, mobile phone cases in various sizes and much more are already being snapped up by people.

People can visit folksy.com/shops/Taffledthreads to see what is currently in stock and to place an order.