Posted on April 10, 2014 by Emma NicolsonThe warp of the tartan for Skye based Shilasdair Yarns. All the yarns are naturally dyed, and achieving a consistent colour is one of the most difficult aspects of using natural dyestuffs. Tony from Shilasdair yarns told us: Tonal variation happens with almost all the natural dyes used, because , in layman's terms, they are not engineered by man to have instant affinity for protein fibres, but rather have to be coaxed to donate their pigments. Variation can be controlled to an extent by the degree to which the yarns are packed in the dye cabinets, and the temperature of injection, but is always present to some degree or other. It is tonal variation however - along with the vibrancy of the hues produced - which is the signature of natural dyeing. Watch this space to see how the tartan turns out!
Deep in the Spey Valley, Knockando Woolmill continues an unbroken 200 year old tradition, producing woven fabric on its historic looms.
Knockando Woolmill has always been at the heart of the local community. Listed as the 'Wauk Mill' in parish records from 1784, the mill has since maintained its traditions of spinning and weaving through generations of families.
All profits go to the Knockando Woolmill Trust to ensure the future of the Woolmill.
Scottish Charity No. SC030167