Carrying home peat, RR McIan. Taken from Gaelic Gatherings, Am BaileCrofting is a form of land holding designed to protect tenants and is common in the Western Isles, Skye, Shetland and some areas of the Highlands. Basket making was part of a crofter's life. Willows were grown on every croft and protected from grazing animals, sometimes by stone walls. This was usually done in the winter months when there was less work to do. Creel making was taught from father to sons usually, occasionally to daughters. Later as the skills started to die out, individual crofters started to make them for others, and to charge for them.See also Carrying grain from the mill by boat, Carrying Peats and Holding meal or bread

Crofting Life in the Outer Hebrides through the eye of a basket maker.

People carrying creels, Arnol Black House

  Like any other community before the ready availability of plastic items, baskets made in natural materials were essential to life. In the Outer Hebrides one basket was used for many jobs. The creel. Now creel as a description can …Continue reading “Crofting Life in the Outer Hebrides through the eye of a basket maker.”



The plata-mhuilinn was a form of grain basket from `Heisker’, or the Monach Isles, which lie to the west of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides.It is made from bent grass, or marram. Growing abundantly on the island dunes, bent …Continue reading “Plata-mhuilinn”