A little holiday and a little cloth

So, I’ve been in Wales for the past few weeks enjoying myself. Unlike my Scotland trip, weaving didn’t really feature. But I did see one quite lovely bit of cloth… in Dublin!

Yes we finished our jaunt with two days in Dublin, and I spent quite some time in the National Museum – Archeology.

Image of the entrance to the museum

They have a great collection of things, including some lovely medieval church robes, but what really caught my eye was a bit of Egyptian cloth. Ancient Egyptian cloth!

I apologise for the not-great pic, but it was dark in that exhibit and you weren’t allowed to use tripods…

A section of black pattern on natural coloured cloth

Isn’t it lovely?

I enjoy looking at such old cloth. It reminds you of how fundamental fibre working has been to the success of human society. And that we have an overwhelming bent toward the decorative!

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

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!!