The Harris Tweed® Journal

A Question of Beaming

15th July

“Beaming yarn for the looms”


Although the writer of this postcard describes this process as ‘beaming’ the yarn, we think there might be something slightly different going on here…

Beaming is the process of winding the warp on to the warp beam, which is a large metal pole, or beam, stretching the width of the loom.
Instead, here it looks like she is winding the yarn from hanks into a more manageable ball for later winding the yarn onto a pirn.

We love when the archives throw up questions and encourage conversations. If only we could wind back the clock and ask them!

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