A Harris Tweed Weaver

Monday comes and it’s time to get to work. I started the day with a wee wonder into town to take some more photos. It was a bit of a dreich day which made it a bit less inspiring than yesterday but it still made for a few atmospheric pictures.

Following that, it was time to go and meet my first weaver. He was quite a young guy, not much older than myself and used his garage as a loom shed. It was a bit of tight squeeze with the size of the loom but this was work for him. He introduced me to his loom, a double-width Bonas-Griffith with an 8×8 black and grey herringbone tweed he was about halfway through. I learned the basics of how it works and was amazed by the number of possibilities there are for different patterns and colours. But most of all, I learned how underdeveloped my idea really is. I struggle to explain my ideas which only goes to show how much thought it needs. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle in my head but it’s in pieces and I can’t see what the picture is.

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