Posted on September 24, 2014 by Emma Nicolson
This new and original tartan is a collaboration between Knockando Woolmill and Shilasdair Yarns, Skye's natural dyers. Knockando Woolmill designed and wove the tartan on the restored Victorian Dobcross shuttle loom with the naturally dyed yarns from Shilasdair. The tartan pattern incorporates aspects of the vibrant, natural landscape of both Skye and Strathspey. Blues and greens from the hills, sea and sky accentuated by the red of cresting sunsets and the bright yellow of the freely flowering tansy.
One of the characteristics of dyeing from natural materials can be tonal variation within the shade. Although this could be considered a fault in modern dyeing practices, it is a classic hallmark of naturally dyed yarn, adding to its authentic charm.
If you would like to enter our competition to name this tartan please submit your suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 10th October, making sure to include your name and address. The winning name will be announced on Tuesday the 14th October and the winner will receive a Knockando Woolmill Tartan scarf.
To be eligible, the suggested name must not be copyrighted, or be the name of any currently registered tartans. The full list of registered tartans are available on the Scottish Tartan Authority website.
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.