I had a wonderful opportunity to visit the Abraham Moon and Sons Mill up in Guiseley, West Yorkshire. It is the last vertical mill in the UK which was established in 1837. Everything from dyeing, blending, carding, spinning, weaving and finishing processes all take place here.
When walking up to the mill it is really difficult to imagine how much can go on in what seems like a small space but once you go into the mill and the smell of wool hits you, you just feel like you are in a very special place.
Firstly the wool is dyed in huge dye baths after ensuring that the fibres are free from soil, debris and animal matter.
If a wool needs to be blended, a huge blending room in which fibres are shot through a room that reminds me of a wind tunnel and all the fibres are mixed together to be blended and packed into bales like the photo below:
The bales are then ready to be carded. Carding is the process of fibres going through a series of drums of wire brushes that pull fibres apart to detangle them and remove any remaining impurities.
The slivers are then wound into bobbins to be spun into stronger yarns before weaving.
The photos below show the spinning process, fibres are ring spun to make the yarns stronger before weaving.
Below, the yarns are being prepared to be warped onto a loom.
Here is a look into the weaving shed, it’s loud and dusty but here is where the magic happens.
The cloth is then finished by washing, drying and brushing (if needed) then cut into either scarves, blankets or rolled ready for clients.
After the tour around the mill we had a peek into the archives seeing each swatch of fabric ever made since the late 1940s, cloths were a lot heavier then but the colours were intense and a wonderful surprise.
I had a really enjoyable day, I would like to thank everyone at Abraham Moon’s for their hospitality as well as sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for their beautiful products.
I also hope you enjoyed this post, I don’t think the photos do justice of what a special place this mill is.
Thanks for stopping by!