Frequently Asked Questions

From Handloom to Heirloom

Who are we?

Newburgh Handloom Weavers are Jimmy Hutchison and Erika Douglas.

Jimmy Hutchison was born in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland where traditional crafts continued to thrive throughout the Industrial Revolution. With over fifty years experience in the weaving trade Jimmy is still weaving on the handloom on which he first learned his craft.

Erika Douglas grew up in Selkirk, the centre of the Scottish Borders’ textile industry. A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and Central St. Martins in London, Erika has always had a passion for traditional skills. In 2018, she acquired her own Kennedy loom, which has since been restored by Jimmy.

What do we do?

Newburgh Handloom Weavers are specialist producers of high quality, hand-woven bespoke tweed and cloth and are based in Newburgh, situated by the River Tay, in the North-East of Fife. Our cloth is entirely hand-woven on traditional wooden handlooms which were built by Thomas Kennedy of Galashiels, a loom maker established in 1870.

We can produce a wide range of hand-woven, traditional style tweed and blankets, including bespoke tweeds and cloth designed and made to order for both individual clients and commercial companies. We are proud to weave our cloth using mainly pure new Scottish wool. This produces a warm and fine, yet hard-wearing cloth perfect for tailoring, dress-making, upholstery and furnishings.

Our Cloth

Great care and attention is taken in all stages of our production. The careful and steady pace of our manual process enables us to closely control the quality of our cloth. We are passionate to preserve and continue the historic legacy of handloom weaving in Scotland using sustainable materials and traditional methods.

How can I commission you?

We produce short runs of bespoke cloth, from 10-40m in length so please get in touch if you would like to have a cloth made to your own specifications, or even if you would like to talk through some ideas. We are happy to talk you through all your options and take it from there.

How can I buy your cloth?

We also hold a selection of cloth in stock at the Weaving Shed so please contact us for information on what we have available to buy or come and visit us at our weaving shed!