When we decided to stay near Kendal, the first thing I thought (is it bad that this was the first thing?) was, "is that close to that mill place that Hazel visited?" A quick Google later confirmed that Lochcarron Mill is in Selkirk, about an hour's drive from Kelso. Totally doable. A quick consultation with husband confirmed he would be happy to go! So that was decided. What sealed the deal was that Small Boy was learning about Burns Night and all things related: St Andrews cross, haggis, tartan etc. I told him that Lochcarron Mill was a "tartan factory", and he was in too!
The Mill is only working Monday to Friday, so I made sure we went at the beginning of the holiday, so as not to miss the opportunity. I have a rubbish memory, but here is my approximate overview of the Mill, which was really, really interesting. You can also check out Hazel's post for more details.
|So many pretty colours!|
|Old weaving machine|
|Ear defenders must be worn!|
When we were there, amongst other things they were weaving the Ryder Cup tartan (top on on this pile). After being woven, the fabric is taken to the darning area, where about 5 or 6 ladies were checking each length laboriously by hand, and then marking and fixing (again by hand) any flaws they discovered!
They were then taken to the warehouse where they were stored.
|Small boy's favourite part of the whole tour - Tartan Hello Kitty!|
Part 2 tomorrow, featuring a textile museum!