Posted on May 29, 2014 by Emma Nicolson
We came across this fantastic short film about weaving that dates from 1941. All of the processes featured are still carried out today, and all the machinery looks very familiar too! From the sheep on the hill, the film follows sorting, scouring, carding, blending, spinning, weaving and finishing.
The Original Description is as follows:
Scotland's Woollen Industry
'From all over the world comes wool for Border looms. The theme of this film of the Scottish woollen industry is the weaving of Border cloth. From the preliminary grading and scouring of the wool, the blending of dyes, and the spinning of yarn, each process is described in detail.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1942-43)
The Knockando Woolmill is based in northeast Scotland and has been manufacturing woollen textiles continuously since 1784. It is recognised as a unique part of Scotland’s manufacturing heritage and was awarded significant funding for its restoration.
The Woolmill seeks to minimise its impact on the environment throughout its sourcing and manufacturing processes whilst staying true to its heritage and traditions.
All profits go to the Knockando Woolmill Trust to ensure the future of the Woolmill.