Tweed all about it

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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