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    Appreciation of James Sugden
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    Appreciation of James Sugden

    It is with sadness we hear of the recent death of James Sugden, for many years the managing director of Johnstons of Elgin. James was always enthusiastic about the Woolmill...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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,...
    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...
    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 Visits the Woolmill
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    Salvage Hunters Visits the Woolmill

    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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