This is Donegal Tweed
The Traditional techniques,
the history, the people
the famous textile
By Judith Hoad
Since she came from Wales to Ireland in 1981, Judith Hoad, as a fellow Celt,
has found a close affinity with the people of Donegal where
she and her family now live. This has proved a springboard
for the study of tweed which has absorbed so much of her
time in recent years. Long experience of spinning, dyeing
and weaving, as well as teaching these skills, has given
her an invaluable insight into the many aspects of tweed-making.
Her account of techniques used by generations of tweed-making
families has been made from the personal recollections
of men and women of Donegal. The ancient craft of spinning,
dyeing and weaving were practiced even within the lives
of people who are less than fifty years old today. Judith
Hoad’s knowledge of these skills has enabled to fill
the gaps in the story and pursue theories to prove
were no longer remembered, like how green dye is obtained
from lichen and where the so-called Donegal spinning
ISBN – 0-9511590-1 -1 (Printed by SciPrint)
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