Lynn (standing) and the Lewis Hattersley loom
Stornoway resident Jean Macarthur is looking to assist a family friend by helping him locate a Hattersley loom for sale, to add to the loom he purchased three years ago from her late husband William Macarthur.
Borders weaver Lynn Elliot first ‘had the notion’ to own a Hattersley treddle loom a couple years into his retirement in 2014 .
William spotted Lynn’s advertisement in the Stornoway Gazette and got in touch, offering his own Hattersley loom which he was unable to use due to illness.
Lynn travelled to Lewis and spent ‘some interesting days hauling’ the Hattersley from the islands to his Border’s base, ‘Elliot’s Shed’ in Langholm.
Lynn stayed in touch with the Macarthur’s – William originally from Callanish and Jean from Tolsta Chaolais – and on learning of William’s passing from cancer in December 2014, wrote to Jean to ask permission to mount a plaque in his memory on the old Hattersley loom.
The plaque Lynn mounted on the Lewis loom reads: 'William Macarthur, 21/7/31 - 32/12/14, Handloom Weaver, Stornoway, Lewis'
Jean was delighted with the idea, and later travelled to the Borders with friends and family to visit Lynn and see the plaque and loom in place in Elliot’s Shed.
Textile and Clothing Consultant Lynn is now on the look-out for a second Hattersley loom to add to his collection – and Jean is keen to spread the word locally to try and help him in his quest.
Further information about Lynn Elliot’s work, please visit www.elliotsshed.com