The Borders Textile Towerhouse was fantastic! Lots of information about the history of the Borders Textile Industry, which was a huge thing back in the day. Lots of information about the history of the tower it is partly housed in. And most importantly when you are accompanied by a 3 year old, lots of touchy feely interactive stuff.
|Different types of tweed. Aren't the colours stunning?|
|You can use a magnifying glass to look closely at the weave of 2 different fabrics|
|"Carding" wool. Basically taking it from it's raw state to the state where you would spin it.|
|The dressing up box!|
|Display of vintage buttons and haberdashery|
|Before washing (on the left) and after washing (on the right). The change in handle was amazing!|
|I really wish I could have added to this!|
|We did try to weave, but we kind of messed it up, so moved swiftly on...|
|Interesting definition of the origin of the word "tweed"|
|Weaving timeline. From it's origins...|
|... to modern day|
|They had a "memory bank", where you could use these to listen to the personal memories of people who worked in the mills|
|An example of how well designed the museum is. I noticed this brass detailing at the bottom of every display. On closer inspection, it proved to be...|
|An inch tape! What a lovely detail!|
|You can make your own knitwear, from pre-knitted components which you velcroed together on a dress form.|
|Our attempt. Small Boy was in charge of pocket placement, and yes, the top one is upside down!|
|"Our" family tartan|
|Can't really remember what this was, other than obviously being knitwear|
|Making our own labels|
The museum also had an exhibit about the history of the building, which was originally a 16th century L-shaped tower, which was extended over time and has had various incarnations between then and now.
|Straddling the old and the new buildings|
|The offwhite building on the right is the original 16th century tower|
There is actually a Borders Textile Trail which details all the textile related things you can do in the Borders.
I do realise this is a hugely photo heavy post, but I thank you for indulging me and getting this far. I hope you have found it interesting. I know I did!!