The thread for the weft, usually untwisted, was wound from a bobbin onto a 'pirn' - a small narrow bobbin that fitted into the weaving shuttle.
Sunday, 2 April 2017
Sumptious Silk - Paradise Mill, Macclesfield
I have long felt a resonance with silk fabric, however, it is only of recent years that I have traced ancestors who were silk spinners and weavers. Originally living and working in Scotland, my paternal great great grandparents John and Jessie English moved to the North West at the height of the industrial revolution. I have often wondered about their daily lives working with this sumptuous fabric and I was therefore delighted to have the opportunity to visit the Paradise Silk Mill and Silk Museum in Macclesfield this spring.