Davy who works for Schofield, our finishers in Galashiels, often refers to the smaller weavers – of which we are definitely one – as ‘Outlanders’. He is probably unaware that for us, there is a closer connection with the TV series than one might think.
When we first moved to Skye a few years ago we were struggling to get to grips with not just our newly purchased bicycle powered loom but also the many other aspects of running a business. Soon after setting up our website and listing a few items in our shop we received a call from someone representing Outlander Productions requesting information about one of our throws. At that point we had not heard of either the books or the TV version of Outlander.
After sending some samples to someone based in Glasgow, we were delighted to receive an order for three throws. We wondered idly what they could possibly be used for and were curious as to why they wanted the fringes cut off. On asking around we began to hear from people that Outlander was an extremely popular series of books, and that the TV series that was being made could have a big impact on tourism in Scotland. The rest, as they say, is history.
Of course once Outlander became available to watch we were intrigued to see what use our throws had been put to. With a keen eye we closely examined the first series, especially all the various textiles that were used in the production, but could see no sign whatsoever of our throws. Disappointed but perhaps not too surprised, we came to the conclusion that they had not found a suitable scene for them.
Having accepted that they were stored in some post-production hangar we started to watch the second series purely for our own entertainment. For the truly dedicated followers of the series, the scene where dead bodies are bought ashore from a smallpox ravaged ship will be familiar. We let out a whoop of joy and surprise when we saw a dead body being covered up with a familiar looking throw. OK it was dark and perhaps not quite the setting we had hoped for, but for us it was still a moment of significance. For those wishing to check up on our brief moment of fame, we make our appearance in Series Two, Episode One, ‘Through a Glass, Darkly’. Keep your eyes peeled about 50 minutes in.
The throws will never be repeated as the warp was a combination of many colours left over from previous projects. And it was such a long time ago we don’t even have a picture to show you. But as we welcome Series 5 and the familiar theme tune hits our screens once more, we’d like to think that our new ‘Over the Sea’ throws are a fitting acknowledgement of our moment of primetime TV fame.
You can buy our Over the Sea throw and lots of other lovely woven items now in our online shop. If you’re intrigued to have a peek at Outlander Series 5 and don’t subscribe to the right channels, here’s a wee trailer.