John Arbon Textiles Mill Tour

John Arbon Textiles Mill Tour



hello everybody and welcome my name is Bex from the tiny fibers to do podcast and this is a video tour of the John urban mill which is up in North Devon I'm down in sort of south east ish Devon and so it's a relatively local mill to me I had been once before but I was offered the opportunity of going along with grace from the babbles traveling yarns podcast to go and see John and get a tour of the mill in person which was fantastic thank you so much to everybody who helped arrange that including John himself Juliet and Sonya from John Urban and all of their team there thank you so much for for showing us around we decided to collaborate on this one because both Grace and myself had taken footage during the tour and so rather than us both putting up basically identical videos she has an exclusive interview with John on her channel which I will link to in the description below and I have the mill tour video here one of the fantastic things about John's mill is the fact that a lot of the machinery was kind of salvaged when the Yorkshire spinning industry was in massive difficulty and he managed to find a lot of machinery that otherwise probably would have just been scrapped and he's taken it on and keeps it all maintained and it's just it's lovely to have machinery from you know a hundred plus years ago in some cases still up and running and still being used so it is a fantastic use of that machinery not all of the machinery in the mill was actually up and running and doing anything when we had this tour so if you would like to see all of the machines up and running my recommendation is to go along to one of their mill open days this is is on the 8th and 9th of June and if you pop on over to their website and sign up for their mailing list I'm sure you'll get information in advance as to how to book the mill tours that happen on those days John Arbonne have just recently least they're very beautiful ex-mossad which i will be doing a review of i need to knit a little sample of this first so if you'd like to get a notification when that video is posted then feel free to hit the subscribe button on this channel and you can also click the little bell icon to get notifications when videos get posted so I hope you enjoy this tour and thank you very much to everybody at john auburn who made it happen and indeed grace from babbles traveling yarns for organizing the trip in the first place and i hope you enjoy this and i will see you again see if you'll come down this end this is kind of very sort of starts so when we we buy Narwhal in and to get hold of it read by greasing and if we can get that from the wallboard it's one of the places we going to and there's a wall boards grading station about 400 yards down the road on this estate great big red and blue shirts rigid walls anything coming in there and I've got a really good relationship with the guy down there who's I'm home lots of money too and I get to see the grades are coming in and it's all from the surrounding area Sarah coming off of X walls going in there I mean they cover quite a wide area Dorset Devon Somerset I think they go further afield up to Glaus this year as well to shore he tell me yeah yeah so it's really good because I can go in there and ugh look at the everyone is great Nick we've been just like a Cathedral of all living there so this just mountains of the bloody stuff and during the season which is an end now you see it all coming in as a farmers are sharing and they're great in it so they're sourcing into the fibre type by breed and by its conditioned by its lusts there all sorts of things either go in as brief specific or you're going as a like-for-like type of war and they'll sell it as a gradient number okay so what we did was because I wanted certain cross breeds or certain breeds that are not graded separately I've got good relationship so I can go in there and say look I want the X more horned across with the blue face Leicester which they call the next more mule which just goes into anonymous grave and I said I won that in its own authority because it's as a character a pretty face lesson which is why I've got here and so I was able to do that and something that the board don't normally do for anybody else so it and then we've launched this small auction service now and they put smaller Lots together because of normal Lots about 8 tons which is yeah but they'll put together like one song Lots now so we can buy smaller and smaller Lots which is good for us because it means we can offer more breeds wait oh not a lot at all I mean and that is Exmoor horn in the back there that's about 300 kilos thereabouts these are about 50 40 kilos in it yeah it's not a good statement will be where would stood so we want normal state before there's anything over three inches and this is good for us is sufficient no two Shores lovely stuff generally find the finer that's not exactly true yeah cuz blue face rest is 26 mic problem that's that's lovely stuff and we're buying through there by blue face Leicester Warblers this is small words here they're breeding that on again pretty grim in that once we've worked it is totally different and alright excellent meal Wednesday dough but it's available or women can bid on it at the moment there's a bit of firm the cornering of the market when Z dance as a bit tricky then we can buy privately directly from farms and then we have a will agent because he goes around the world by mall and in UK and he he's a really good guy command e Bowman and he's quite an honest trailer and traceability is all about pure and getting exactly what you want because a lot of mix blending that goes on in the trade with different grades and things so you can't be sure what you're buying because they add whatever they like to it to make it out of pure blue like blue faces Lester is expensive to buy on its own and there's lots of similar grades and there's a certain grade that's very similar to pay faces cross but they're they're grading it out and they're putting into it as well as though you could the standard stuff is never pure blue faced I can show you the difference later edging so you have to be we have to be on top of this we have to be aware of what we're doing we get reports on the state of the fiber we're dying so we don't bite blind we know what it's CV is and that means it's coefficient of variation the rangers staple notes across it we know its condition in terms of his moisture content and its grease content we know it's color reference everything like that so we don't and just go home it's going buy some wool could be heavily contaminated discovered well this will make when we buy an auction we buy greasy yeah then we share wall board transport there's from that place their head down the road they're shipping stuff up to Bradford all the time so we just sneak our bales on the backs and then it goes into the scouring plant yeah as most of the wall that's coming out of there does and then scouring and washing it pretty much yeah there's how of scourings where there's a big Commission we use one called Chadwicks this part of standard whole group staring leaves all the lemon in it takes a lot of the lanolin out and they're very good extracting next they sell it to the cosmetics and leave a percentage in there and they leave a percentage of moisture it's if it's overcooked it goes crispy we don't use anything like peroxide so we ask no for no peroxide so there they bleaching otherwise the big commercial boys want to bleach it they use a few one yeah because they want to overdo it they want it pure there weren't no impurities they want to turn something that's very natural something very uniform so it can run on big high speed machinery yeah the reason they do that is so it's high speed production it's not about producing something in a natural state which is what we try and do as much as possible where the older machinery is more suited to doing that it's not about high speed mass production this is all about small-scale specialist stuff crafty on so it's going through warts and also it's not going to be perfection it's going to be as good as these because you're dealing with something that's variable in the first place yeah I don't want to take that variation out I want to improve the state of it but I don't want interest actually sorry interest it does it's a character to it I mean you leave that in there you don't take the blemishes if you want something in there karakia more just buy some yeah so it is slightly golden yellow look at face is very very yellow just change it into something else so going on from that so it comes back to us and it's in this sort of state and the first thing we do is was real carding okay this is the variable in your corner which we salvaged from a mill up in the north of England that's called Chapman because the engineer Thomas Britt was and came down and figured it out with ourselves about to get the thing going he's quite it chucks away you know if it's not not amazing but it's it spins sufficiently for us and what we do on it okay at the moment I've got some explore mule running through it you've got rollers covered with pins yeah there's a heavier this end this kind of like it's wrapped around it the pins it's like a magic act hacksaw blade that's been wrapped round or a roller it's dense with pins and then the pins work in a pin to pin action like that so you've seen it hand spinner with hand pedals oh yeah they're teasing the fibre apart that's essentially what you're doing so you work in the fibre trying to separate it and detangle it partially start aligning it so you can actually process it further so that's all all you do Ricardo and the fibers going to travel through and then its journey it's going to get worked and worked and worked until it gets to the other end and it's doffed and cord into a can I'll run it so you can see it going on so if I have to run around from one end to the other feet before did Spray there straizo i put moisture on it think it's in the right choice and right synthetic synthetic fatty acid or lanolin so precreasing it is then taken so much caffeine that the video we need do any of that if it was coming from the scours just sorry but you're gonna lose it when you've when you wash it so you can't not do it without it's not like they're trying to Nick for lanolin that's the ticket agent very sports picking up the wall thank our citizen liquor in that's totally sweet probably drowned you got the same system a deeper sweep that blade is just ripping it off the winding road I know guys cruising for birth control it that I've been to one corner toilet these things are Health and Safety Hill we used to run these things a whole Bank of them yeah so this is what we call sliver cottage sliver and it's partially orientated into something we can manage if we were woollen spinners anything that's short staple fiber they would turn this into a slab in or rayvenous a different feed off the card ah it's called a tape feed but basically they make a slub in Arabia do a bit more to it than that do they spin from it because it's short fibers they want to all hang together because we're using long fibers we want to straighten and make them parallel if you did that was short fibers it starts falling apart okay it's the only reason what we want to do is take the fibers in here from the shearing breakage in the carder all sorts of things so we need to take down and it's also it's littered with vegetable matter and we haven't done a process called carbonizing where they basically burn any veg matter out I moved like I said we've done no bleaching so you can see also we're gonna clean it all up so that's sliver so you'd see what we've gone from from that it's a ran straight away yeah so the first thing we do now he's got five as an inch and a half long starting to feel quite nice and the stranger smells like a no-no you don't want too much you start sticking to it yeah gooey sticky stuff do you know especially when you try and wash in the wallet by hand then you think so what we're going to do next is kill it and basically you've got steel pins that are gonna rake through the fiber and what they're doing is straightening the fiber making the fibers peridot they're not taking out short bits or if you know that okay and so we use a gill box to do that now we haven't just suddenly used on yellow sheet this is for two types of businesses of Gilberts Brown we use them for blending as well as for straightening and make you fibers of parallel Devonian so well speaking about using dyed tops the colors together to make another color this is actually what we're doing here we've prepped all the top then we sent it away got it die got it back here now we're ending it what's breaking through those pins there they're racing through the fiber and killing it so if we were using not carded sliver over there we'd run it through here twice okay because the fiber tends to be like an S shape so we sort of straighten it in one direction take the SL take the hook out one end and then run it for the opposite direction take that okay you haven't got blunted fiber you got blunted fiber it's not been a draft withdraw properly so they're trying to make it very parallel it'll get prepped again to make sure it's really parallel and again and again and again so they're very very straight and very parallel and that's what we're doing all the way through the more we can prep the process the tops and make them very even take out all the short stuff make it very parallel it's got a draft correctly and make good gun going yeah you'll see I'm going to set the Machine go and there's two sets that just race you through the fiber okay this is this stage they're just blending but they're also you know they are making them in parallel and straight so just pretend it we've said from the father so that it's done one run of anything so this has been prepped ready for another Gil and then it will go on to the spinner those already been guilt yeah tops how much how many times doesn't need to go through to make like a solid color and there's two or three times depending on what all effect sometimes they kill it once if you want to get a really strong color effect today we do that with viola then it gets one and we can do a process where we make it very stripy so that when we spin it in singles it looks like a mole and amar there's two different colors folded together in a yarn you get that it sort of candy stripe and down the other we can get that effect in the singles so we deal it twice here Tina this takes out all those little short bits of fiber there in there and all the bits of vegetable matter so if you're going in looks really contaminated like you see it comes out here looks really clean again we finish the process of this morning so it was meant to be left on that someone didn't understand it kept on running it but this is the this machine has no names and we call this machine Clint what this machine does make it easy to explain what's going on okay so you imagine those 16 eggs that we've prepped on they're going into the machine and what it does first is it's all fed in and it's raped through this pin trace what they call a gill trace it's just like a gil-bot it's doing a further bit of opening and straighten them making it parallel before it presents it to the comb pigeon comb so that also tracks and if it's a baler twine or like kemppi sort of fibers or God hears if it's alpaca or anything like that what they call an intercept tune pity phone so what we do is we feed in all this fiber down this fiber in this and it draws the fiber off so we've got a moving apron here so we set a gap and then you're presenting a fringe of fiber to these wrong pinch rollers and then grab the fringe draw it across and anything that the right leg gets drawn across anything that then gets clamped left behind let's press down onto a rotating pin code and that just combs off all the short little bits of fiber and fashion matter and then it raises up presents another fringe of grabs it so what do you do with all the bits that come after yeah basically untreated stuff with it but I mean it is pretty sure and it's fun as vegetable matter yeah I mean it's great in Lawtons it's just perfect for now but what then comes out of here so you saw what we had earlier yeah we've spread a bit of moisture on this what its way if you feel it but it's it's cleaned it all up and it's nice and parallel the only thing is because of its gets separated and rejoined each time that's what we call the draft wave in it so it's a little bit fragile at this stage and it needs leveling off because it's quite uneven which is tough but there which is an auto Libyan kill box so this this I'll consider the Wonder machine this technical name is a rectilinear phone or Hyneman kind it was developed a by French guy in the late eighteen hundreds probably so it comes off of there on this machine we're using it to blend so this is another gearbox but we're doing a framer and we're blending into a color called I think that'd be pollen gold sand bar standing it has different blends so back to that that's where we've got all these tops died this is the first blend we got a second one a third one and then it's fun and you get this beautiful launch of color but what we also dudes got a clever little device halfway down the machine is just a pressure device and what if we set it to work in that manner which is not the moment where there's variation in the tops very thick and thin is able to change the draft and level it out so it makes it nice and even by Draft I mean fiber I mean is the drawing out of fiber okay you're not stretching far as that we've prepped and nicely they're nice and parallel they were slide can be draw now and then if your spinner what you do is then put its twist in it so that's drafting just drawing out the fibers okay so when we set the draft if it detects it is drawing out making it a little thicker or fitter to compensate the variation and it does that rapidly and I'll set this going anyhow it's a bit noisy this bit of an old machine it's a bit term pass it also leveling gearbox and it's faith with all of these really a made by a company called NSC shinberger and they are French they're from outside so there's partial blended so if that was top that we were preparing you come out very even and then we'd probably run it through here twice get a nice even top and then it's ready for going actually into spinning so as you see we're blending colors here we can also blend different fibers together to get different effects depending on what we want in the finish yarn so when we're thinking about a yawn we start with not color first we think about what we want the yawn to be how we want it to handle how we want it to perform does it want lots of Loess stuff does it want a bit of definition does it need to be springing bouncy does it need a little flaking of a different color in it to make it bit of character or interest in either how you know whatever it is you know we're thinking about that before we actually start making the armor then we can blend those components together and then make our top if they're intimately blended the fibers are dispersed and all those characters that they put into that fiber will come through into the into the yard so if we've done our job right your work and we will get the finish yarn and obviously we'll we'll do trials before we do that like we do when we're coming up with a color palette will actually use reduce hand carded bit of hand spinning and then look at all the samples look all the colorways we've got a theme we're working to with Devon who was a French tapestry artist and we were like – all these colours a guy called John the cat so that's what happened there with our new Exmoor sock it's based on inspired by Devin and Devin quirky names as well so it's got some [Laughter] I lived here for three years words and things like that so these using open the door and things I'm tracking which is a snail so it's gonna meet today I've eaten a cheap or I'm not the Xmas Okeanos so when we're satisfied and then we can put it in production if we're doing all that sampling and if we've done it right like I say them that we've got a great yarn and a great color palette so we're thinking like that all the time and try to work out new things and different things we can do and it's endless really because we're so small and specialized there's lots of interesting things that we can do that the big commercial ones was it has commercial suicide you know you try and do that like doing on it by numbers range you know we blend those colors together so we start with a solid color base and that increments of whiting together so a tonal range and so and done in very small dots and to do to do that on a big commercial scale was just not feasible really so we can do interesting things like that hopefully right so we've got a top I've got two ways we can spin you saw Kevin earlier which is why I mentioned them earlier so we can take then our tops and spin it on Kevin fill up smaller cans are these which is probably if you've seen a sort of show that's what we have displayed out and that's what we use them for coiling the fibre in turn goes behind Kevin and it's drugged or it's going on – therefore we can also use an older system where we have to use roving and the first thing we do is put tops on this machine over there called Drusilla there's nothing on it at the moment again it's a sort of run down and what we're doing is drafting fiber fruit to rollers here that girl was going slower from us going faster than drop in the background this big flyer spinning around putting twisted on and it's delivering it on to these lovely old wooden bobbins here or last ones which don't worry about these because you can't get them anymore so beyond using for certain fibers it's a little bit weaker there bit more kinder than the plastic but they are slowly wearing out there's a museum up in Cumbria where they don't–if actually make them for real or just for display somebody must be able to yeah well this is it's a certain type of wood and everything else and nobody's things are weighted they've got a little lead weights and some ballast and you know it's not just a matter of getting up yeah Turner to do there's not it's not high-tech no but I've got somebody to make yeah yeah but I could get a mate I'd get made right at the moment I'm gonna worry about it yes and these things have been concerned about this job slight bit twist in it because it's in a roving it's an old system which they used to do they don't use it so much the reason you put your twist in it is enough to hold it together so can go into the next machine but not too much so you can't draft it it's kind of like an in-between thing just to hold it together so then we've made up bobbins I go to the farmer Shane down the enemy got something on it which is another Prince and smooth machine which is what that one is so what we're doing here we've got two ends up just to counter any variation and it's drafting it between there and there this one's going faster that one's going slower same sort of deal with you have one big fly that spins around put the twist in and it delivers it onto a bobbin again these are plastic ones oh I've got little Elizabeth in a in a small gear inside do I hear drums inside and then lungs outside and they're both like that we started to hope that so that will keep going until we've got enough on the bobbin and with all these every different fibers different every different blends different so we're putting different gears and settings on every machine it's not one size fits all so we check it test it it's right then we run it because we run these things regularly then we record all the settings you know but you still check it so the gearing you mean that's different than speed between yeah yeah change a draft and the twist and things of that and all of our machines are all the mechanical things we don't have computer controls where we've got a new one upstairs there's an alien called Gino's Italian machine Gino de-rocker stickin it but the rock has apparently the name for a package of a cone and that's what it does say this cord is quarter of rocker to a Gino derocker this keeps us amused so there behind you we can start spinning from raving obviously we can spin out there from tops as I say but both machines are what they call ring spinners because you spin around a ring design every imagination ever what you've got is a very small little traveler unnatural ring and the yarn is hooked underneath that well so if you imagine having a a thread or something and just doing that whether you put and twist it it's like a drop spin yeah doughnut I say everything that's done on a spinning wheel was mirrored here so your hands for drafting that's that points there and there and this roll is going faster that one's going slower this gap set according to the state will n plus an inch of the fiber and that's the longest state will you find not the average state with the longest fiber within it hmm the average will be much lower than that so that's the draft and then as the fiber exits there's nothing putting twisting until you actually catch it under the traveler which has been driven around a high speed or some driving Texas driving these spindles around a high speed so it's doing that too as soon as it starts doing that you start putting twisting and it's delivered on to the cop or bobbin whatever you want to call it and again it's got a lift for system so it's slowly going up and down and raising as it goes till it it's gone wrong way so I'll set it going and our break-in it's a bit difficult to see it will get there white paper you can see it's dark and then I'll rejoin it so you can see how it how it spins ish this gauge is there is that you just stuff it today it's coming off yeah I'll show you this and I'm on them get some y'all and explain how we met how we measure all that and how we define it cuz yeah everything's different thickness and every fiber is a different weight so in terms of you know it's actually denser than some you know Wednesday there's quite dense fibers quite heavy as is our packer here about 100 percent our Packers quite weighty in like so I mean they're all very so there's lots of different settings do nobody run both sides machine and that worked at a major repair of my kind of the variance of collapsed this is quite over city service including Winston fix it folks come to an engineering company to order the bearings up they look – they went never seen so when we run it so good to really blend pics slowly change the gears so back to what wait this is mr. say the next ticket this one's coming out I presume this around about a 8 I think is it's twofold so via the two eights so we are defining how thick that yarn is okay and the way that we do that is we have to do we can't just put a pair of calipers on it and it's that thick that's not going to happen you've got variation or a long in this squidgy so we have to take a weight against length so the way we do that is a number of kilometers of way one kilo self-express all yours okay so if this one's a single eight means if I gave you a kilo at that yarn you could run walk or drive great eight kilometers when we fold it then becomes a two fold so we would call it at two eights and it's half that amount so distance okay often if you've seen in a cone yarn at these numbers two stroke eight to ten whatever three whatever it's telling you how many folds heavy singles are in the yarn and it's expression as a unit of length – wait I'll say an expression because every spinning industry in the country whether they were a carpet company or woollen or worsted or whether they did have their own counting system so some of them were under there no standard so it's like the number of your you know pounds and different variations on the theme I just want to be special yes the general standard is new metrics at one point the textile Society Institute tried to standardize it and brought in another one which went contrary to everything else they call that the tech system and there one or do [Laughter] this what we have to do then is unwind some yarn we wind it onto what we called a wrap will and we then defined a number of terms would tell us hammer lean with our one yards with government and then we measure that and then we weigh it and then we can work out number of promises and we will test it until it's right so then we changed you see there's lots of gears we'll keep putting the gears on you can check in what it is doing a test that when it's right we'll run it and the same for the twist but I've got a little machine called a twist tester just basically untwists the yarn so we know in turns French which is kind of crucial because when we spin a yarn it's all spun in one direction and then when we fold it back it naturally wants to go back and we'll do that so it's folding or twisted or plied in the opposite direction and as soon as you do that you've got a very kind of strong yarn that's why it's done that's why is that there's a sort of fondness for singles as a yarn which is this is fine but it's not a balanced yarn okay and it's not got the strength exactly and so there's lots of things wrong so what to do it to make it so it doesn't want to be lively and twists on itself they steam set it or chemically set it and all sorts of things so I'm not a big fan of the singles that there are certain reasons that don't so are you going to show us how you yeah what go upstairs now that's that's it's fun all right and so because this [Laughter] that turquoise his Vespa color really yeah yeah this is just a comb window essentially but we needed something that would measure the amount we put this in the train that was probably coax we're submitting on this but then we can't put these on the next machine to fold or ply so we're going to take you off at this another cone so they can fold or Baba okay and because you're using two ends or friends you want them all to run out at the same time the old one is just far away and yet to guess it automatically cut out and each individual head you can program each head so so and it's quiet and it's just brilliant so that's why we went for new machine but we're looking at price range for secondhand ones and there wasn't a lot difference between a new one and the really old ones we wanted to get away from because they're not efficient for what we wanted to do know that's what we ended up with this hair dryer as well that's right back there which think it's cleaned up so that's what we use that for and it will finish the army back on count for storage as well or if it's going out for softness and they want it on moments or worse than yeah okay if it's going out as a solid to be dyed you send it out in cone as well copper even blend I'd tops together we made a single color and then we sent it out and it's been been dyed and then comes a Soviet send yet and closer then yeah well we really would never have never bought with the plastic kind I can scrounge em up with Weaver's there's a company called foxes Fox brothers the original Fox brothers are owned and then the name that sold separately to an important company down there making fine cloth so okay so then it comes off for there and then fold it a try this machine boy this is just a pill we we end up with bobbin ends and things like that so what we do periodically is it's folder mutton and selling this as sale we are as you get these little interesting this was changing colors it goes goes down can she make it run with five aims in it sorry now you only want it for it once it's yeah you can't find no oversight over twisted in there so we've got different effects here that's what I was talking about a mole when it first comes off it will be a bit lively and it just settles down and let it relax when we spun it on a single who let that relax for a week as well before we can actually tension fold it so when it's just relax it'll be a nice balance you know yeah so these will end up as so we on so if you ever come to a show or anything like that we've got a bit of solder on that's what here's some more beans that we've messed around with and fold it up so to get it let's talk Madonna put it back on there and put it on so caring if we're going to store it friend this is an old what they called racks of why this one dates from about 1900 well there abouts and someone's put a horrible frame on it we're going to reef recon it all we've changed the wood but the guts of it original you know what it doesn't just wind out assets of measured amount around there and then we have a counter that will keep going until we've got over 50 grams or hundred grams yo and again every yarns differences obviously have a lot of them hits for what is now just keep going until it comes up yeah where the segment was accountable and then manually title offs all right your answer escape rule done manually don't ever not too much at stake they're all twisted manually yeah I don't know this is just a sorry on so they're probably measuring after they've made it bizarrely heated only time we ever do that because it'll be made with different ends and we'll all we can say is its various wool because every different yarns different counts and the men vintage will be an order count of yarn basically but we could measure it and find out what is it and then to get it off is on this frame so how'd you get it off why it's got quite a clever little device class just slide there's the finished gain and then obviously again they'll be horrified at my an expert do this special rustic skate that's it then we'll go go for sale there it is thank you you

19 Replies to “John Arbon Textiles Mill Tour”

  1. Dear sister, can I get a job in spinning mills.i am an Indian.i have 9 yrs experience in textile mill.Can you give me address of any spinning mills in UK or anywhere in europe.my email [email protected]

  2. Stott Park Bobbin Mill in Cumbria is a working museum and makes bobbins in the traditional way. They might have replacements? That was a really interesting tour, thank you

  3. Wow — even more a fan after watching through the whole thing. Thank you to all who participated. I even found the answer to one of my niggling questions (I have a box of odd little skeins I purchased at a show one year and have never been able to decode how they are labeled but the answer was here in the video!).

  4. Thanks to you and Grace for working together and getting us an inside look at a process we only see the end result of. We love our fibre and yarn and love seeing how in all comes together. XO

  5. Thanks for the tour! Good camerawork, editing, and titles during the hard-to-hear bits. I learned a bunch of things, and had a few questions answered!

  6. That new standard that ran contrary to all other standards anecdote (@ 45:40) is so universal! My favorite nerd webcomic even has an old strip about it: https://xkcd.com/927/ In my job writing code, I've tried to sum up competing things into one new way that works for all, and it's just made a new mess every time. We're a hopeless creature.

  7. Oh it was so fun to spend that time with you becks. I’m amazed at the work you did splicing the footage together. You’re an angel.

  8. Thanks for this video. Although I’m in the US, many of my ancestors came from Yorkshire and that area and were textile workers in the 1800’s. One grandfather was from Bradford and a great grandfather was a “loom setter and fixer” from Kidderminster. This was very interesting for me.
    I have been enjoying many of your videos as I am just getting into spinning and weaving myself.

  9. I live in the USA and I can’t tell you how very much I have enjoyed these videos! I will probably never get the opportunity to visit a milll so this is wonderful! Many thanks!!!! Beverly

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