Ling heather, Isle of Great Bernera Soaking heather doesn’t bring back its flexibility once it is too dry. Traditionally heather was harvested by pulling in September after flowering when it is at its most flexible and then stored outside. It …Continue reading “Using Heather”
This creel was made around a hundred years ago(1910?) in Caithness and used by Sinclair MacDonald. He is believed to have made it. It was donated to the Castlehill Heritage Centre by Sheila Moir who lives in Scarfskerry as did Sinclair and he …Continue reading “A Caithness creel”
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Surrounded by heather I have been researching how this material has been used in the past for making baskets and other useful items around the croft. My findings are piecemeal, snippets picked up here and there, supported by working with …Continue reading “Notes on heather use in basket making”