On Sunday I visited a rather spritely Angharad who had been up past midnight the night before for her 24 hour â€˜Weavathonâ€™. The weekends heavy sky had not deterred and by the time I arrived various looms sat tightly wound with the memorable stripes of enthusiastic visitors whilst samples of Angharads work adorned the walls waiting to be finalised for exhibition. Each piece is cast with the sporting efforts orchestrated by Angharad and those who took part. Embellished with symbolic nods toward the surroundings and punctuated by colourful flashes each suggested by the landscape and clothing of participants; â€˜Weavathonâ€™ textiles are a multi layered reflection of this project.
As planned I took my children, well one of them (the other fell asleep in the car!) to the Barony to unravel the mystery that is â€˜weavingâ€™. My son who is five showed an interest straight away and chatting to Angharad he found common ground over adventures tackling Law Hill. He was immediately curious about the looms and was quickly propped upon a stool to weave â€˜hisâ€™ stripe in the community textiles. As you can see he was quite taken by the process and we have noted his stripe to be identified during the exhibition! At five he was one of the youngest visitors to the event whilst others traveled from the Outer Hebrides to show support and of course there were many locals. Each person crafted their own â€˜Weavathonâ€™ stamp through specially selected coloured stripes, the flicker of a neon runner or footsteps that have narrated the pattern for the weave.
I left with a chirpy child bouncing lightly and delighted with his blue stripe and boiled sweet. Angharad still had an evening of weaving ahead whilst the Barony continued to float above the drizzle glistened air, spinning threads of Scottish Craft out through the community and beyond.