Preparing the pirns

We transfer the yarn from the larger cones onto pirns by hand using our Muckle Wheel. This large wheel came with one of our Thomas Kennedy handlooms and is capable of both spinning yarn as well as winding pirns.

Winding by hand requires a great deal of skill but we find that there is a calmness to preparing pirns this way, and the gentle clicking of the wheel as it turns echoes an age-old process where, in the 1830s, there were 342 people employed in pirn-winding alone in Newburgh.

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