Had a day out with the grandchildren yesterday at the wonderful Ulster Folk Museum at Cultra, Belfast. Spent some time in the weaving shed (of course) chatting to several of these weaving ladies. Makes you appreciate the work involved in weaving on a 19th century hand loom. Came away with 2.5m or so (it's probably measured in imperial lol) of beautiful hand woven donegal wool fabric in yellow/green/brown/blue similar to on the loom. Watch this space to see what I do with it. I've loads of thoughts circulating. Probably not enough of it to do everything. update: some items made from it now in store.
Why Harris Tweed? I often get asked.
Its made in the Outer Hebrides using traditional methods, usually by one person and a loom. I find that appealing as its not all this corporate rubbish, big business that's slowly taken over the world. To find out more about it the Harris Tweed Authority (they're the bureaucrats in charge of standards), have lots of info on their page https://www.harristweed.org/.
For me it's about colour and texture.
The texture is slightly rough. Not that itchy stuff your mum used to knit you sweaters out of in the 1960's or 70's, yes you know the stuff that made you itch all over. No this is rough but soft.... haha .... Hard to explain, but it's not itchy wool.
The colours are amazing. You look at a piece and think "yes that's brown".... Then you get close up and it's got a myriad of different colours other than brown.
I've included pictures of a pattern called basalt columns, appropriate as I'm in Northern Ireland, home of the Giants Causeway and its basalt columns. See if you can work out how many thread colours there are. I reckon 7 or 8 at least.