Blackhouse bleats about wool week

Harris Tweed Stories

10-15 October Celebrating the virtues of wool is never a chore as far as Blackhouse is concerned, it’s another fantastic opportunity to not only shout about how proud we are to be a chink in the wool chain but how this natural fibre is at the heart of everything we do at Blackhouse. Just a […]

Summer Break

Harris Tweed Stories

Mid-August brings a little respite for the weavers and mill workers of the Outer Hebrides as production is halted for the annual summer break. Two weeks off allows time to focus on the crofts, well deserved holidays to be taken and island weather permitting, a little sunshine to be enjoyed. Many weavers, particularly older hands, […]

From Shearing To Stamping

Harris Tweed Stories

Now that the shearing of sheep’s wool has taken place across the islands we thought we’d share the ten steps required in turning this 100% pure new wool, freshly washed and scoured, into the fabric we know and love, Harris Tweed. The journey begins with huge bales of clean, white, 100% pure new wool arriving […]

Shearing in the Sunshine

Harris Tweed Stories

After a run of wet, windy and cold weather, the crofters of the Outer Hebrides are seeing some sunshine and double digit temperatures at long last. With a little more warmth, now is the perfect time to get rid of the winter wooly jumpers and start shearing the sheep to allow the creation of our […]

Enjoying the Ride with Harris Tweed

Harris Tweed Stories

The summer days of the Outer Hebrides are long in sunlight with their peak being reached on Midsummer’s Eve last week. In these remote northerly latitudes the sun barely sets, dipping only briefly below the horizon before rising again with the sky still glowing in spite of its disappearance. The BBC cameras were at the […]

Looming behind the scenes

Harris Tweed Stories

The original Harris Tweed loom was the beart bheag (small loom in Gaelic), a small wooden loom predominantly used prior to 1900. Made locally, it was traditionally used by women for domestic purposes. The heald shafts (na buird) were activated by four treadles connected with cords to the healds. The shuttles, which were boat-shaped, carried a metal […]

Double win for Harris Tweed in prestigious London Awards

Harris Tweed Stories

Summer isn’t traditionally a season associated with Harris Tweed but with an international reputation and global reach, there is always someone, somewhere, in need of a little warmth, quality, style and beauty. The island mills remain in full production at this time of year, processing orders to ensure cloth is delivered to clients in time […]

The Orb, The Act and The Authority

Harris Tweed Stories

On every piece of Blackhouse furniture and accessory you will find a very special label alongside our own. A simple grey piece of satin stitched with bright red and black thread bearing the iconic words ‘Harris Tweed’. And if you look even closer, you will spot ‘The Harris Tweed Authority’ Registered Trademark No.319214 and 100% […]

Baa Baa ‘Blackface’ sheep, have you any wool?

Harris Tweed Stories

Scottish Blackface sheep, account for about a third of the UK’s sheep population. They are a tough and adaptable breed and well suited to bare landscapes and harsh conditions. It comes as no surprise then, that these mammals are native to the barren, rocky isles of the Hebrides. Traditionally, Harris Tweed would have been made […]

New York Fashion Week

Harris Tweed Stories

Check out designers, Steven Cox and Daniel Silver’s for their 2013 Tailored Menswear collection. “Standouts included double-breasted coats with blocks of colour, a knee-length camel duffel wool with pink Harris Tweed stripe and a black wool coat worn with a navy blue herringbone tweed overcoat. The theme of mixing fabrics and colours in tailored pieces was […]

The Diverse nature of Harris Tweed

Harris Tweed Stories

Harris Tweed is a world-renowned fabric. Traditionally and stereotypically seen as a fabric worn by those of a certain ilk, mainly the rich and famous, the rebirth of the industry in recent years has transformed how people view this special cloth. The material’s durability and versatility makes Harris Tweed the number one choice for a […]

Weaving the Tweed

Harris Tweed Stories

Harris Tweed is about quality, style, history and heritage. It is the only fabric in the world to be protected by its own act of parliament. Each inch of cloth has to go through a specific process to be classed as Harris Tweed. “Hand-woven by the islanders at their home’s in the Outer Hebrides, and […]

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Harris Tweed Stories

Then let us begin… Once upon a time, on a rocky barren isle, not far from here a world famous brand was born. The people of that island created and nurtured a unique cloth, a hand-woven tweed sourced from the wool of the indigenous livestock. One poor crofter endured the treacherous journey across the choppy […]