Spinning and Weaving
Spinning was the primary purpose of the Mill and we are delighted to have many of the original spinning machines working most days – driven either by the water wheel or steam on steam days. Today we continue this tradition producing high quality Aran or Double Knitting yarn. Today, through gaining much of the weaving machinery from the Wellington Foxes Factory we are able to weave our yarn into luxury cloth and hand woven rugs.
The process from initial cleaning and combing to yarn to spun yarn contains a number of stages from raw fleece to yarn and woven textiles. Each stage is brought to life as we continue to use much of the original machinery today.
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Once the yarn was finished at Coldharbour, this was then transported to Wellington where the Tone and Tonedale factories wove the yarn into cloth. Today, following the closure of the Wellington factory we have much of the machinery at Coldharbour which we to illustrate the final process from yarn to finished cloth or rug.
The Mill is host to some excellent weaving tuition by professional hand weaver, Louise Cottey. Meeting in the ‘top shop’ of the atmospheric main Mill building, Louise will guide you through the processes from yarn to cloth and teach you to weave in a variety of styles.
New weavers are always welcome at the beginning of any term and shorter workshops are available during school holiday periods.