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New Tweeds Back From the Mill

Had a busy week…collected tweeds from the mill, measuring, separating into patterns, photographing and uploading to the web shop. At the same time readying my next tweed for drop off at the mill, seeing visitors to my loom shed, and sending out parcels of tweed to customers. I hope that some of my tweeds may

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First Tweed of 2022

So happy to have a tweed back from the mill. One warp with five different colour combinations in the weft, from warm mulberry to soft pink, grey blue to baby blue and russet red to peaty brown. Summer and winter in one..

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New Tweeds of 2022

     It has been sometime since tweeds have come back from the mill. I have continued to pedal on my loom and have attached some photos of those patterns and colours waiting to be finished at the mill. When I get them back they will be added to my website shop and linked from

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Shop Updates

    The small shop that I have in the house is going well and I am having a few visitors stop by. Having changed card readers I am told I can link my online inventory and my shop inventory together, which should help with administration but will no doubt be a ‘simple’ task.  Today

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New Tartan Tweed Design

     I redesigned my warping creel system  so I can now look to do some new tartan designs. I always liked weaving tartans and have missed weaving them so I am really excited to be able to start new designs.   My first tartan design is the PL21 – C01 a Dark Red a

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New creel system for the warping mill.

Over the past few weeks I have been designing and building a new creel system for the warping mill that I use. The creel system is used to take the yarns from the bobbins in a certain order to be wound on to a warping mill in preparation for it to be wound on to

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Small shop now open

As well as my shop on the internet I do have a small room at the house holding my tweeds and products that are for sale for visitors to Stornoway. Every precaution is taken to keep everyone as safe as possible when visiting.. The household has had both doses of the vaccine. Contact details are

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Show your work

  I love seeing what my customers make from my tweeds and seeing some of the most creative designs is absolutely amazing. On the web site there is a tab for ‘customer makes’ which I am hoping to expand but I need your help! It turns out that the most popular page on my site

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Tweed Weaver

When I started weaving in 2014 I didn’t forsee all the skills I would need to work as an independent weaver. Warping, darning, invoicing, packing & posting, office admin, tweed photography & cataloguing, repair and maintenance to name a few. As I move into my new year I am looking forward to seeing the tweeds

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Photographing Harris Tweed

I find one of the more challenging things is photographing Harris Tweed fabrics. I try to show the  true colours in my photos but colours can appear differently on individual viewing platforms,so I have added a description to each of my tweeds that are for sale. Perhaps after lockdown I will find a photography course…

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Weaving the Tweed

The last few weeks have been spent weaving and finishing a few new tweeds, alongside creating the new website. It has been quite the learning curve, developing new computer skills, but it has been a real joy to go back to the loom and get away from the admin. Gordon MacDonald A Harris Tweed Weaver

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Start of the New Website

During lockdown I decided to research a new way of selling my Harris Tweeds online directly through my website. It has been a challenge and hope that links to other platforms will make your purchasing experience easier Gordon MacDonald A Harris Tweed Weaver

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