Visiting the Isle of Lewis and Breanish Tweed

07 Dec 2017
Craftsmanship | Made In the UK | Artisan Production | Provenance

Story and photos from our trip to the Isle of Lewis to meet the Macleod family, the makers of Breanish Tweed.

Port of Ness - Northernmost point of the Isle of Lewis

Where your tweed comes from - Port of Ness, the northernmost tip of the Isle of Lewis

 

"Our tweeds are woven on a Yorkshire built Hattersley loom, one of which is over ninety years old."

Iain Macleod working at a Hattersley loom

Iain Macleod working at a Hattersley loom

 

"It takes us four days to weave a bolt of cloth by hand. There are three miles of walking back and forth to create the initial warp by hand on a frame."

Setting the warp

Setting the warp

 

 

"Then we 'tie-in' the tweed, which involves tying over eight hundred knots."

The 'tie-in'

 

The 'tie-in'

 

Shetland wool yarns feeding the weft

Shetland wool yarns feeding the weft

 

"We can then begin to weave our unique cloth."

Our 'Moss' tweed being woven

Our 'Moss' tweed being woven

 

"Our tweed and products are made in Scotland, combining luxury with provenance and we are the only producers of this type of tweed in the world."

Finished colourful bolts of beautiful Breanish Tweed

 Finished colourful bolts of beautiful Breanish Tweed

 

Breanish Tweed was recently honoured to receive the Balvenie Masters of Craft Awards for Textiles.

 

They supply fashion houses from Milan to Tokyo. 

 

Preparing for a small run of waistcoats in the studio of Cock & Bull Tweed Collection

Preparing for a small run of waistcoats in the studio of Cock & Bull Tweed Collection 

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