Recreating the Origins of an Estate Tweed
The unusual Ballogie Estate tweed was created in the 1930s but had been difficult to reproduce using modern yarns. We created custom dyed and spun yarns to create a faithful reproduction of this vintage design.
The finished Tweed
The yarn drying process
The Ballogie Estate is a 6,000 acre Scottish estate in the heart of Royal Deeside. Owned and managed by the Nicol family since 1850, the estate features beautiful areas of ancient woodland, wild moors and rivers, and is a sought-after destination for holidays, weddings, field sports and fishing. We were commissioned to reproduce the Ballogie estate tweed, which was commissioned by Lt-Colonel R J Nicol in the 1930s and has been worn by the Nicol Family ever since. This historic design has been difficult to manufacture in modern times, and the Nicol family were searching for a way to bring the tweed back to how it had originally looked in Lt-Colonel Nicol’s day.
Araminta began by studying an example of the original tweed – in the form of an old tweed sporting jacket that had once belonged to a member of the family. The yarns used to weave this vintage design were not readily available in the right colours so we bespoke dyed and twisted wool yarns to achieve a good match. The heavyweight Cheviot tweed was woven in the Scottish Borders, and has been used in uniforms, sporting wear and interiors on the Ballogie Estate
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