Scottish Weaver and Knitter
Lynn Gray Ross cutting the “Handweaving” cake at the book launch, Brodick, Isle of Arran, November 5, 2015
International expert in
More about Lynn in this interview from “Spin Artiste”.
Silverbirch Workshop Archives
This new page (see side bar) is to document the archives from Silverbirch Spinning and Weaving Workshop which was set up by Lynn Gray Ross in Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran in 1975 and operated until 1996. The purpose of the workshop was to produce clothing and household textiles using traditional methods of handspinning, weaving and natural dyeing.
Presentation Prayer Stole
The prayer stole was woven in 1985 for presentation to Emiliano Castro, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches based in Geneva. He was a Methodist minister from Uruguay who had been unable to visit his native country since 1972 due to the political situation there. He was visiting Scotland to speak at a conference in Edinburgh.
It is woven in white to symbolize the Resurrection with Monk’s Belt weave to form the cross.
The white linen for the Monk’s Belt pattern represents the clerical garb of the early Celtic monks in Scotland and Ireland.
writer and storyteller
Lawrence McBride: Life of an Arran Fisherman, 1983
Based on interviews with one of Arran’s last remaining herring fisherman - soon to be reprinted as an e-book.
This story inspired the pattens which are available on the website for The Arran Knitting Company.
Lynn’s weavings are on the Gallery page to inspire you. You can read the thoughts and ideas that went into each work, combining Lynn’s textile techniques with inspiration from her travels and the Isle of Arran where she lives.