Iona





Project 1912:
A collection of stories about Wool

Through the years I have met many people associated with wool and last year decided to start a project collecting their stories about it. Using North Ronaldsay wool I have made a hanging, with a needlefelted background and hand spun yarns, on which hand-written stories are hung. The first story, written by my brother Neil, is the story of my great-great-grandfather who was a Paisley weaver in 1912 and still working at his loom at the age of ninety.

The Message Board

I have some wonderful stories from people who have seen the hanging and added to them and a selection are shown below. My aim is to collect 1912 stories, starting with my brother's and finishing with my own. Once completed I am looking to further the project by collaborating with other art forms, as the project moves forward into new mediums it will inspire other people and engage with new audiences, ultimately spreading the word about how wonderful wool is.

If you have a story you would like to contribute please email me.