Following my visit to the Isle of Scalpay, I felt it would be wise to make best use of the car while I had to it – so I drove up to Carloway Mill to hopefully get a wee look behind the scenes. I’m lucky that my uncle is good friends with some people in the mill as he phoned ahead to let them know I was coming so at least they were expecting me. Almost as soon as I got in, I got speaking to Karen, a young girl who is a recent Textile Design graduate. Her job is to help design the patterns and the colours used to make the tweeds.
It was amazing to see all the different machines at work and to meet the people who operate them. There was a really great family atmosphere around the workers – it looked like they have a lot of good times! I was really taken aback by the level of care that these people show towards tweed production and they are very precious about it. Their attention to detail really is meticulous and relentless – very high standards for a very high standard of cloth.