At Home in His Work
“An old wooden loom in action. This old man is an expert and feeling quite young at 93”
There’s a couple of small indicators in this picture that reveal the fact that every inch of Harris Tweed fabric is woven in an islander’s home, and not at a mill. The patterned wallpaper behind the weaver and the clutter of bits and pieces hanging and resting around the beautiful loom. He certainly looks at home in his work.
Weaving can begin after the warp and weft yarns arrive from the mill. The new yarns are hand-tied to the many tail-ends of the previous weave, to make it easier to thread onto the loom. Weaving the cloth then begins, under the careful observation of the weaver.
To read more about the process of creating Harris Tweed® fabric, see the link below.