The heddle is of the greatest importance in the construction of the loom and it is well worth while to understand what it does.
This very ingenious man in 1801 invented a substitute for the heddle.
On each side of the woof in the heddle there is a carrier, B.
The needle, which is longer than the warp is wide, serves also as a heddle in pressing the woof threads together evenly.
With his left hand he works the reed, with his feet he works the heddle.
Scouties may be derived from the skua, though Mr. heddle gives an unpresentable derivation.
Mr. heddle also tells me that the old name of 'Lyars' for the people of Walls was to a great extent replaced by 'Cockles.'
The next movement of the heddle frame crossed the threads over the filling and made a new opening for the return of the shuttle.
Each thread or group of threads of the warp passes through an opening (eye) of a heddle.
Thus with the raising and lowering of the heddle the weft is passed backward and forward and the weaving goes on quite rapidly.