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28/03/17 Events at New Lanark , Uncategorized # , , , , ,

Would you like to Knit New Lanark?

Would you like to Knit New Lanark?

Guest blog from Sara at DigIt!

Calling all knitters, crochet-fiends and all other woolcraft folk!  Have you ever wanted to yarnbomb a World Heritage site?

On Tuesday 18th April – World Heritage Day – we’re staging six events across Scotland, one for each of our UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as part of Scotland in Six, an Event Scotland signature event for the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.  At New Lanark, we’re going to yarnbomb the Institute – the traditional social hub of the village – and have a day of workshops, talks, plenty of tea & biscuits, and of course, knitting!  The event is free but ticketed (so we know how many of you are coming), and you can pick yours up here: http://digit2017.com/events/knit-new-lanark-scotland-in-six/

Can’t make it on the day?  Well, we still need your help…

It’s going to take a lot of wool to transform the site, so we’re looking for advance submissions from individuals and groups all over Scotland – and we can offer you a free workshop box to get you started.  Our workshops-in-a-box contain all sorts of goodies, including some suggested patterns, and of course, some New Lanark yarn.  If you’d like one sent out, just email [email protected]  We’re looking for bunting, flowers, vines, squares, and pennants – all kinds of goodies that we can tie to railings, drop out of windows, wrap around pillars, and generally decorate this wonderful site.

So whether you’re a craft group, knitters’ collective, or solo stitcher, we’d love to hear from you!

Sara – DigIt!

www.digit2017.com

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18/07/16 New Lanark Search Room # , , , , ,

Search Room Spotlight: New Lanark Shipping Label

Search Room Spotlight: New Lanark Shipping Label

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This is a photographic reproduction of an original drawing of New Lanark by resident artist, John Winning. By 1813, the value of the mills had risen to £114, 000 (from £60,000 in 1799) and enough cotton was produced in a week to go around the world 2.5 times. As a result, Owen had commissioned Winning in 1818 to produce a series of illustrations of New Lanark to be used as export labels as a way to promote their product. Each 10lb. bundle of yarn from New Lanark had a label with a print of the mills and became recognized by foreign buyers as “Picture Yarn”.

The bulk of New Lanark’s home sales were done through the Glasgow yarn market while still maintaining sales throughout Britain to places as far apart as Dublin and Norwich. New Lanark cotton was also sent all over the world to places such as Holland, the Baltic, and Russia though the majority of sales were made in Amsterdam, Elberfeld, and St. Petersburg.

We currently have an export label in our collection that is on display in the Robert Owen House. This label was translated and attached to packages of yarn that were sent to Russia.

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Today, the Mills still continue to produce yarn using traditional 19th century spinning mules powered by our own hydro-electricity production. Now we produce woolen yarn instead of cotton in Double Knitting, Chunky, Aran and Organic varieties. All proceeds from our wool production are returned to New Lanark Trust to be reinvested in the care of our historic village. You can purchase New Lanark Wool & Textiles online at www.newlanarkshop.co.uk or at New Lanark in our Mill Shop.

RESOURCES:

Historic New Lanark
The Story of New Lanark
Robert Owen: Owen of New Lanark & New Harmony – Ian Donnachie

Holly – New Lanark Archive Intern

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New Lanark is a beautifully restored 18th century cotton mill village in Scotland, and is one of Scotland's six UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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