Stornaway and the importance of Harris Tweed…Tuesday Travels

Our first trip into Stornaway was from Leurbost and we found this magical Aladdin’s cave that housed an incredible collection of Harris Tweed in all forms.

The place was back off the main street and the man who ran the shop was a real character.  We spent some time with him solving all the problems of the world today. 🙂

We did buy some tweed and then headed off to the building that houses the Harris Tweed Authority so we could get the full story of the importance of Harris Tweed to the Outer Hebrides.

The exhibition in the building gave the full story of Harris Tweed.  I didn’t know that there is an act of Parliament relating to Harris Tweed.This map shows the location of the weavers.

We were able to see several looms and were given a description of how they operated.This last loom is operated like a bicycle and the tartan is Macleod of Lewis. We took a photo of the butcher’s shop where apparently the best black pudding is made.Back to the Harris Tweed.  We were lucky enough to be able to visit a croft where tweed was being woven.  There are so many different uses of the fabric so I thought I would share a few photos of the items we spied.The last one is a great way to use up scraps.

 

 

 

A bit of the island of Harris in a Christmas wreath

When we were in the outer Hebrides in Scotland one of the craft shops we visited had these wreaths which made use of the off cuts of Harris Tweed.  The wreaths are very simply made by knotting the scraps onto a wire ring.

In Stornaway I purchased some Harris Tweed off cuts to make such a wreath for Christmas but didn’t quite get around to it this year so I will need to make sure I make it next year.

This year’s wreath was a simple Australian one featuring penny gumleaves and baby’s breath.

Harris Tweed

Harris Tweed is a well known Scottish woven wool fabric.

Many years ago when my mum and dad visited Scotland, on a trip back after they had emigrated to Australia, they brought me back a length of beautiful pink Harris Tweed.  I made it into a fitted skirt.  This article tells the story of Harris Tweed and is my contribution to Wovember.

Just to show how versatile Harris Tweed is, check out these sneakers!