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I know this might sound a bit weird, but whenever I receive a new bundle of Harris Tweed in the post I can't wait to rip open the packaging and take a big sniff of the cloth.  Told you it was strange!!  But really, the smell of the wool takes me right back to my college days - long hours spent in the High Mill, warping up the loom ready for action.  If you've ever done this, you'll know just how long it takes and how accurate you have to be (totally to be precise, as any mistake will result in flawed cloth).  Pulling the yarn through the heddles is a painstaking operation, but once you're done, then the weaving can begin in earnest.  The sound of the clickety clack of the shuttle being fired back and forth is, to me, like magic.  Seeing the cloth unfold before your eyes, keeps the momentum going for many an hour.  That's why I have total respect for the weavers of Harris Tweed.  I'm by no means an expert, but that doesn't stop me being totally in awe of the cloth they produce, and how special it really is.  Knowing that every length of Tweed I buy has been lovingly made by hand by a man or woman in their own home, is something that cannot be underestimated.  It's such a contrast from the mass produced goods that are so readily available on the high street - which have their place of course - but is something that should be cherished as our own, unique product. 

Craft Scotland have written a lovely wee article on Harris Tweed giving a real sense of what it's all about - happy reading!


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