The relationship between the mill and the weaver is central to the production of Harris Tweed. There are currently three Harris Tweed mills operating on the islands, all three in the Isle Of Lewis.
The Harris Tweed Scotland mill is located in the main town of Stornoway, the Harris Tweed Hebrides mill is located on west coast of the island in the small village of Shawbost and just south of them is the Carloway Mill in the village of Carloway. Each mill is different in terms of size, output, focus and type of equipment but all carry out the dyeing, blending, carding, spinning, warping and finishing tasks with their teams of skilled staff and workers and work closely with the weavers to bring Harris Tweed to market.
Please visit their websites for orders or to consult on patterns and potential projects.
Perhaps the most crucial part of the Harris Tweed process, weavers are the skilled artisans that turn the woolen yarn into the big cloth that becomes Harris Tweed. Skills are passed on from generation to generation, old to young, through formal and informal training, the skills taking months to transfer and many years to master.
Weavers can work in partnership with the mills to meet a multitude of challenging orders for international markets or independently on custom and bespoke commissions for private clients.
A number of weavers now work solely on their own allowing small, unusual and personalised patterns to be produced to very specific customer demands.
Please visit their websites for more information and to enquire about smaller, more bespoke orders.