She then wove it into a rich tweed on a rickety wooden loom. Her cloth was so popular around the world that she could never statisfy demand.
Many of the oil yards in now lie empty. There is talk of new birth now, as the oil companies start to drill deeper still, exploiting the oil fields to the north and west of the Hebrides.
Although many in the islands would welcome the oil dollar again, there is a growing awareness that the energy potential in the Hebrides might not lie in its fossil fuel reserves, but in the renewable energy from wind and water.
Because of continuous over fishing by international and local boats, and some say pollution from fish farming, fish stocks are now under severe pressure.
Today a catch of this size would be a bonanza.
Nowadays, fish-farming is big business in the Hebrides.
Multinational companies produce many thousands of tons of salmon per year and control most of the sea and freshwater lochs.
This intensive form of food production brings hundreds of jobs to fragile local communities. But there is increasing concern about a host of environmental issues, such as the effects on wild salmon stocks and the sea bed life.
In the post-BSE public backlash against intensively farmed foods, which has seen sales of organic produce sky-rocket, some are also voicing concerns about the methods used to produce farmed salmon.