Preparing the pirns

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

Almost without exception, this process of winding pirns or cones for a warp is normally done by machine both for speed and accuracy. Winding by hand is much slower and requires a great deal of skill to wind evenly but we find that there is a calmness to winding 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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