MAKING TWEED

The making of tweed - wool is spun, dyed and wound on the warpmill at the loom. Often, wool is not dyed until it has been spun. (clip)

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Subjects:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Employment, industry and industrial relations

Genres:

  • Educational

People/organisations:

  • Scottish Educational Film Association (SEFA)

Decade:

  • 1950s

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Title: MAKING TWEED

Reference number: 1695

Date: 1955*

Sponsor: Joint Production Committee of SEFA and SFC

Production company: Joint Production Committee

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 10.00 mins

Description: The various processes in the production of tweed, from the gathering of wool to the finished product.

Teaching notes.

Credits: [Made for the SEFA - SFC Joint Production Committee by Edinburgh Branch of the Scottish Educational Film Association]
The producer acknowledges the great courtesy of the management of Phymer's Mill, Earlston in granting facilities for the making of this film.

Shotlist: Credits (0.21) shot of sheep and wool (0.33) Formerly, wool was "carded" by hand to make the fibres lie in one direction, and then spun on a spinning wheel. Shots of a woman spinning and carding wool (1.40) shots of machinery weaving tweed (2.11) Now machines do these jobs. Shot of fleeces being treated (2.29) The wool must be scoured in soapy water to remove grease and dirt. Shots of the cleaning and dyeing process (3.18) After being dyed, the wool is combed to lie evenly and made into an untwisted thread, which is then spun into yarn. Shots of same (4.48) Often wool is not dyed until it has been spun. Shot of wool being dipped into dye bath (5.36) The yarn is wound on to the warpmill, which unwinds on to the beam of the loom. Shots of same (6.22) The yarn is passed through the heddles, which move up and down to form the pattern. Shot of worker operating the machinery and the resulting patterns being created in different colours (9.01) shot of finished products in all different patterns and colours (9.50) shot of a shop which sells all the various kinds of tweed clothing. A shop assistant is helping a mother to choose a coat for her daughter (10.39) ecs (10.46)