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Iòseph the Shepherd
invites you to join him at

From Lamb to Loom
...and beyond

The story of wool and weaving in Minginish
24th - 28th June 2013 at Minginish Hall, Portnalong

From Lamb to Loom tells the story of the former weaving industry in Minginish, whose famous Port-na-Skye tweed was even purchased by royalty in the 1930's.

The exhibition ties together the strong local history with modern techniques, combining old photographs, stories, artefacts, original fabrics, clothing and demonstrations with hands-on opportunities to try spinning and weaving yourself.

Highlights include:

  • Original tweed cloth and clothing made here in Minginish
  • Old photographs and artefacts from local shearing, dyeing, spinning and weaving
  • A visit by the archivist from the Highland Archive Centre
  • Iòseph the Shepherd modelling the authentic clothing of a Skye shepherd
  • Sheep shearing demonstrations
  • Waulking Song demonstrations
  • Hands-on spinning and weaving on modern equipment
  • Teas, coffees and home baking
  • Gift shop and souvenirs


From Lamb to Loom is at Minginish Community Hall, Portnalong, Isle of Skye IV47 8SL. There is plenty of parking and space to turn minibuses. We are about 30 minutes from Portree, and 1 hour from Kyle of Lochalsh. See the Map and directions.


Monday 24th June: Exhibition open from 11am to 5pm.
Tuesday 25th June: Exhibition open from 11am to 8pm, sheep shearing demonstrations from 6pm (weather permitting).
Wednesday 26th June: Exhibition open from 11am to 5pm, Waulking Song demonstrations during the day.
Thursday 27th June: Exhibition open from 11am to 8pm, Highland Archive Centre archivist visiting during the afternoon, sheep shearing demonstrations from 6pm (weather permitting).
Friday 28th June: Exhibition open from 11am to 5pm. Exhibition ends at 5pm.
Saturday 29th June: Family Ceilidh dance 8pm to 11:30pm with the Glamaig Ceilidh Band. BYOB (no bar), soft drinks available for purchase. Adults £6, 12 to 16's £3, under 12's free.

About the exhibition

We would like to thank the Archive Centre in Portree for their support, and also thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for their grant, which has made it possible for us to offer free entry and to purchase equipment for ongoing learning opportunities after the exhibition. All proceeds from the tea room will go to Minginish Community Hall funds.

Please contact us for more information.

supported by the national lottery

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