Beatrice and Bert had very busy paws today when they got involved in a very Scottish Highland event that took place on the station platform, 'The Walking of the Harris Tweed'. Waulking is the final stage in the long laborious process of producing homespun cloth
When a piece of Harris Tweed ( woven on the Island of Harris ) comes off the loom it is stiff and rough and the weave is quite loose. Waulking ( like fulling felted wool ) thickens and softens it. This is all done commercially these days so it was lovely to see the traditional methods being used on our rather special piece of cloth and we were delighted to be able to take part as the preservation of traditional skills is at the centre of everything Book Cover Bears are about.
Our hand waulked Harris Tweed will be used to create some rather special bears accessories.
Beatrice found the 3 hours it took to waulk this piece very tiring but she and Bert so enjoyed the authentic Gaelic songs the ladies sang while working and have am sure will be humming them for a long time to come.
The whole event was filmed by a visiting TV crew who are making a documentary series about Railway Stations around the country. They were very kind to our bears and made Beatrice and Bert feel totally at ease on their first television debut. We will have to remember to look out for them when the ' Beautiful Railways' programme airs next year !
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