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    The Woolmill Spinning Mule
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    The Woolmill Spinning Mule

    The Woolmill's mule is an 1870 Platt Brothers mule, made in Oldham. It is an early model of a ‘self-acting’ mule, which features 120 spindles.  Prior to this, mule spinning in...
    What is Tweed?
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    What is Tweed?

    • Generally speaking, tweed is a woven, woollen, heavyweight fabric. • Tweed patterns have traditionally taken inspiration from the Scottish landscape and scenery. • The word Tweed derives from the Scots...
    Unbe-Weave-Able Facts You Didn’t Know About Tartan
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    Unbe-Weave-Able Facts You Didn’t Know About Tartan

    • The oldest known tartan design is the Falkirk tartan, which dates to around AD245. Used as a stopper for a pot to protect a treasure trove of over 2,000 coins, the fragment...
    Interesting Facts About Sheep & Wool
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    Interesting Facts About Sheep & Wool

    In 2009, an 8-month-old Scottish ram called Deveronvale Perfection sold for £231,000 at the Scottish National Texel Sale at Lankark Market! The buyer, Jimmy Douglas, purchased the ram for breeding, making it the most...
    Production at the Woolmill - Weaving
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    Production at the Woolmill - Weaving

    Weaving is the introduction of the weft yarn, known as picks which run horizontally across the fabric. At Knockando Woolmill weaving is carried out on our Dornier Rapier looms and Victorian Dobcross...
    Production at the Woolmill - Warping
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    Production at the Woolmill - Warping

    Warping is the preparation of the warp threads (known as ends) which run vertically from the top to bottom of a piece of fabric. The threads are set out in...
    Production at the Woolmill - Plying and Hanking
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    Production at the Woolmill - Plying and Hanking

    After spinning, multiples of the single yarn can be plied together to form a two, three, four-fold yarn. The amount of twist can vary according to the end use of...
    Production at the Woolmill - Spinning
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    Production at the Woolmill - Spinning

    The rovings from the carding set need to be twisted to produce yarn. At the Woolmill this is done on a spinning Mule. Rovings are fed through delivery rollers on...
    Production at the Woolmill - Carding
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    Production at the Woolmill - Carding

    Carding is the process of mixing and aligning the fibres prior to spinning. Our carding set is pre-1900 and at least second hand - these machines would have been acquired...
    Production at the Woolmill - Blending
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    Production at the Woolmill - Blending

    At the Woolmill we buy wool that has already been washed, and this is stored in bales in the Scouring Shed. The oil lost during washing has to be introduced back...
    Natural Herringbone Throw
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    Natural Herringbone Throw

    The wool for our luxury Natural Herringbone throw was carded and spun on a ‘Grade A’ listed spinning mule which dates back to 1870, and the throw was woven using a...
    Enjoy 15% Off!
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    Enjoy 15% Off!

    Enter the promo code BOXINGDAY17 at checkout to receive 15% off your basket total. Valid until: 28/12/17
    Festive Office Hours & Online Orders
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    Festive Office Hours & Online Orders

    Online Orders Orders placed between 12 noon on the 22nd of December and the 2nd of January will not be posted until the 3rd of January. Office Hours 23rd of December until the 2nd of...
    Orders During the Festive Season
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    Orders During the Festive Season

    Orders placed between 12 noon on the 22/12/17 and the 02/01/18 will not be posted until the 03/01/18.
    BBC Radio Scotland - Are We Underappreciating the Wool We Produce?
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    BBC Radio Scotland - Are We Underappreciating the Wool We Produce?

    "It is in the finest carpets, it is in Harris Tweed, and now you'll even find it in top-of-the-range beds; but at £1 a kilo, UK wool hasn't been this...
    Last Minute Gift - 10% off Gift Vouchers
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    Last Minute Gift - 10% off Gift Vouchers

    Looking for that last minute gift? Why not send a gift card and let your family and friends choose a present of their choice!    Valid until the 25th of...
    'Tis the Season to Be Cosy...
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    'Tis the Season to Be Cosy...

    We would like to present our eye-catching range of super soft Geelong scarves which are perfect for keeping the cold away and for adding a touch of luxury to your wardrobe!         ...
    Free UK Shipping
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    Free UK Shipping

    Free UK shipping when you purchase one of our new super soft scarves! Promo code: GEOMETRICSCARVES Valid until: 21/12/17
    20% off for 1 Day Only...
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    20% off for 1 Day Only...

    Esja was designed in collaboration with Icelandic product designer, Hanna Dís Whitehead and Scottish Textile Designer, Claire Anderson as part of their Weaving DNA project. They re-appropriate traditional Nordic and...
    Christmas Workshops at the Woolmill
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    Christmas Workshops at the Woolmill

    Thank you to everyone who braved the cold winter weather last week for our Christmas Tree Topper, Clootie Rug and Needle Felt workshops. 
    New in - Carron Throw
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    New in - Carron Throw

    Super soft Geelong throw featuring pink, blue, green and grey.The luxury Carron Throw is a fun and bright edition to any interior. 
    Psst, Check Out Our Special Offers...
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    Psst, Check Out Our Special Offers...

    Kaledioscope ThrowUsing a rainbow of colours, the 100% lambswool Kaleidoscope throw uses design techniques to create optical illusions within the pattern.£95.00£47.50   Fada Tweed Throw - Aqua & PinkInspired by...
    Delivery Information + 25% off Tartan Throws
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    Delivery Information + 25% off Tartan Throws

    Enter the promo code TARTANTHROW at checkout to receive 25% off our 1730 and 1775 tartan throws! Valid until: 17/12/17 To ensure delivery in time for Christmas, the last recommended...
    The Knockando Woolmill Christmas Gift Guide 2017
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    The Knockando Woolmill Christmas Gift Guide 2017

    With less than two weeks until Christmas we've pulled together our favourite gifts for everyone in the family. Who said last minute shopping had to be stressful?
    Find the Perfect Gift with Knockando Woolmill
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    Find the Perfect Gift with Knockando Woolmill

    Receive a free lavender bag and greetings card with every order between now and the 13th of December! Simply enter the promo code FREEGIFT at checkout.
    Gifts for Her - 20% Off…
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    Gifts for Her - 20% Off…

    We have great gift ideas for all budgets and for all female family members and friends! Use the promo code GIFTSFORHER at checkout to receive 20% off any of our...
    The Muckle Spate
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    The Muckle Spate

    In August 1829, After days quite fair and fine, The sun had gone, and there instead, The dark clouds gathered overhead.   A mighty storm was on its way, Heading...
    Christmas Shopping
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    Christmas Shopping

    Starting on the 11th of December, come along to the Woolmill shop and find the perfect Christmas gift! We have a range of woven items such as throws, scarves, bags and purses!...
    Christmas Delivery + 15% Off
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    Christmas Delivery + 15% Off

    To ensure delivery in time for Christmas, the last recommended ordering date for shoppers in the United Kingdom is by 12 noon on the 22/12/17. If you require the last...
    New in - Block Check Throws
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    New in - Block Check Throws

    Seashore Check ThrowInspired by the colours of the seashore, the Seashore Check throw features the following colours: grey, teal, mustard and yellow. Harbour Check ThrowFeaturing shades of crimson, navy and turquoise,...
    Country Living Fair
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    Country Living Fair

    We exhibited at the Glasgow Country Living Fair from the 23rd - 26th of November with our range of woollen products - scarves, throws, jackets, teddy bears, bags, and other smaller gift items....
    Cyber Monday Offer
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    Cyber Monday Offer

    As an introductory offer, our new Island Check Throw is £47.50 instead of £85.00 - a saving of £37.50!          Promo code: CYBERMONDAY             This...
    New in - Moorland Check Throw
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    New in - Moorland Check Throw

    Inspired by the rich hues of the Highland landscape, the Moorland Check throw features a mixture of shades in a multi-color block check design - a fun and bright edition...
    Black Friday - Rainbow Stripe & Moorland Check Stole
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    Black Friday - Rainbow Stripe & Moorland Check Stole

    As an introductory offer, our new Moorland Check and Rainbow Stripe stoles are £55.00 instead of £80.00 - a saving of £25.00! Promo code: BLACKFRIDAY17 This offer ends at midnight.
    A/W Range - Geometric Scarves
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    A/W Range - Geometric Scarves

    Semaphore Pink & Scarlet Wide Scarf Geelong scarf featuring ecru, red and pink. The Semaphore Pink & Scarlet Scarf is oversized and eye-catching - a cosy update to any accessory...
    Perfect Stocking Fillers - Fabric Covered Notebooks
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    Perfect Stocking Fillers - Fabric Covered Notebooks

    Looking for stocking fillers? Use the promo code STOCKINGFILLERS at checkout to receive 2 notebooks for £16.50 (normally £25.90). Our blank and lined notebooks are available in a range of colourways. Valid...
    International Fashion Marketing Students
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    International Fashion Marketing Students

    Students from Heriot Watt’s International Fashion Marketing Masters visited the Woolmill on 15th November. Along with a presentation, the students participated in focus groups and were taken on tours of...
    New Woven Textile Designer Award 2017 - Finalists
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    New Woven Textile Designer Award 2017 - Finalists

    Winner - Jessica Cutler Highly Commended - Genevieve Gibson Finalist - Eva Stapleton Finalist - Elleanor Goodall Finalist - Sixtine Rouquette 
    Knockando Woolmill Announces New Design Award Winner
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    Knockando Woolmill Announces New Design Award Winner

    Knockando Woolmill is proud to announce the winner of their inaugural New Woven Textile Designer Award which was presented at Scotland:ReDesigned’s annual Runway and Awards Presentation at #SRDGLA17 on Thursday,...
    Wrap up Warm This Winter
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    Wrap up Warm This Winter

    Wrap up warm this winter with one of our stylish and luxurious lambswool scarves - all woven at our historic Mill in the Scottish countyside. Receive 20% off any of...
    Christmas Gifts for Him - 20% Off
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    Christmas Gifts for Him - 20% Off

    Knockando Woolmill has great gift ideas for all budgets and for all male family members and friends! Use the promo code GIFTSFORHIM at checkout to receive 20% off any hip...
    Woven Textile Designer Award
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    Woven Textile Designer Award

    The winner of our inaugural New Woven Textile Designer Award is to be announced at Scotland Re:Designed’s annual Runway & Awards Presentation at on Thursday 9th November. The competition aims...
    Upcoming Workshops at the Woolmill
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    Upcoming Workshops at the Woolmill

    Clootie Rug Workshop Join us at our Historic Woolmill for a 2 hour workshop on the 11th or 13th of December, where you will learn how to make a Clootie Rug...
    The Countdown to Christmas Is On!
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    The Countdown to Christmas Is On!

    The countdown to Christmas is on and it's time to begin checking gifts off the listand start wrapping them up! To help get you started with your Christmas shopping we are...
    Woven Textile Designer Award
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    Woven Textile Designer Award

    Knockando Woolmill is proud to introduce their inaugural New Woven Textile Designer Award, seeking emerging talent from across the United Kingdom. The aim of the competition is to uncover the...
    Busega Scotland Shukas
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    Busega Scotland Shukas

    The Shuka project has been a unique collaboration between Knockando Woolmill, Busega Scotland and, most importantly, the children at the Mayega Children's Centre in Tanzania. Children from the centre helped design...
    Salvage Hunters
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    Salvage Hunters

    The Woolmill welcomed Drew and the rest of his team to explore the Woolmill for hidden gems! Drew Pritchard is an Architectural Antiques Dealer, Antique Restoration & Salvage Hunter. Drew...
    European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage
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    European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage

    Knockando Woolmill is one of the winners of the 2016 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s highest honour in the heritage field. The Woolmill received the...

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