A little Scottish souvenir

The funny thing about Harris Tweed, is that it’s a twill. One theory on why it’s called “tweed” is apparently that the word was a misinterpretation of “tweel” (i.e. twill). I think that’s a nice story!

This photo doesn’t do the colour of these little samplers justice, but I’m very excited about finding something I can turn them into.

Some Harris Tweed samples

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Cool connection to the past

I know tablet weaving is old, but it was still very cool to see a fragment of a tablet from the Viking period in the Orkneys. It’s made of bone and, though broken, still quite lovely!

Fragment of a weaving tablet found at the Brough of Birsay
From the Brough of Birsay this is on show in the Kirkwall Museum along with spinning whorls and other gear

No weavy stuff…

I’m currently visiting the home of tartan (!!!!) but so far it’s been a holiday light on weaving stuff. Did see some cool backstrap weaving bits at the National Museum of Scotland (they werent Scottish) but I haven’t bumped into any Scottish weavy stuff. Of course there are kilts and clan tartan identifiers, but other than many a thing made from Harris Tweed I’ve struck out! So far…

The last thing anyone expected from a weaver

I’ve been out looking for a cotton scarf and it’s funny how all my friends have been looking a bit surprised by this. In their minds I would just weave myself one. I can understand this, but it I was surprised by their surprise.

My scarf hunt was very specifically for a certain size and weight and, sadly, a fineness I can’t achieve on my rigid heddle. I say ‘sadly’, but actually I’m kind of pleased that I had to shop for one. It meant not only could I look for something different to what I’d weave for myself, but I could also enjoy a spot of shopping!

And the result?

Blue and white reversible pattern cotton scarf
Pattern reverses colour!!