Orkney Tweed

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Our Story I bought my first 3 breeding Zwartbles from Danny McArthy who is the stockman at Longoe farm , at Castle of Mey, Caithness- (The Queen Mother’s Highland Farm) (Pentland Flock ) so, to keep the theme I called mine ‘the Copinsay flock. They are a striking looking sheep, black with a white blaze, originating from Holland, they are really easy to manage and are excellent mothers. Jean Tulloch asked me what like their wool would be to spin, so she sent the first fleeces to the North Ronaldsay mini-mill. ‘What are we going to do with the wool’ Jean asked….I think we’ll knit socks Jean. Me mother usually gave us all socks at Christmas which came from ‘baxters bonny socks’ but they had stopped making them, so I thought we could make wur own ! Jean had this sock knitting machine which her mother had used in North Ronaldsay, so of course I had to have one o them as weel. I was lucky enough to acquire one from England which is over 100 years old and very ornate, but it works perfectly Orkney tweed Loom It soon became obvious that I was never going to manage to knit socks to use up all the wool the sheep was going to produce so I thought I would see if I could get some rugs made. I contacted Jamiesons Spinning Mill in Shetland to see if it could be done and they said yes, but I would have to send up at least 200 kilos of raw wool before they could process it. So I managed to source some more black wool from other farmers and I added some white wool as well and shipped 650 kilos to Shetland. So Orkney Tweed was born. View a 360° tour

Address: 23 Victoria Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1DN

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Reviews (2)
25/09/2023 @ 9:56 am
Sharon & Greg Davies Family
Orkney Tweed
Shops like this are one of the reasons we visit places like Orkney. Its almost impossible to visit the shop without buying something, whether it be a gift or something for your self. Prices to suit all budgets.
10/07/2023 @ 9:33 am
Constance & Ben
Orkney Tweed
What a delightful shop! Its shops like this that make these islands so desirable. read the back story on their website, its a really interseting read. Although the shop itself is only small, its jam packed with goodies. One of the most popular items are the Orkney Tweed Bears. They are absolutely delightful and each one is individually named. OK, they are not the cheapest bears on the market, but probably the cutest. But if bears are not your choice, the shop offers many more items for sale, including fashion items, household goods etc. You can even buy the wool if you are into knitting. Beware though, once in the shop if one of those little bears catches you eye, it will be very difficult to leave without him.
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