Tweed all about it
IHAVE excellent news for Leslie Geddes-brown (‘Woven with love’, March 8)—not only is English tweed on the horizon, it’s going to be woven in her very own county of Suffolk. For just over a year, we have been working away in an old wheelwright’s shop near Orford, restoring a treadlepowered Hattersley domestic loom (above), brought down by Land Rover and trailer from an abandoned house almost next to Breanish on the Isle of Lewis (a trip of about 2,000 miles).
The loom is completed and we are now restoring the warping mill and other items we need to start weaving. We will be using local rare-breed fleeces, spun for us, to create undyed natural tweed—eventually to Soil Association standards.
The level of interest in what we are up to has been fantastic, with eager locals and Savile Row tailors all awaiting the first bolts emerging from the shed. James Jenkins, Mabel & Co