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Latest projects from Dashing Tweeds

DASHING_TWEED Converse low res

Dashing Tweeds is about to launch their co- branded range Dashing Converse trainers. The tweeds for the trainers were woven at Drove Weaving Ltd UK and will be sold at retailers Kurt Geiger, JD Sports and Crooked Tongues amongst others.

Dashing Tweed is the contemporary tweed company run by Kirsty McDougall and Guy Hills. This summer they have been preparing to launch their new e-commerce website. They have spent much time photographing their product from all angles, investigating the legal implications with shipment, making sure the site is easy to negotiate and developing new products that will sell well!

Dashing Tweeds are also working with Hudson Shoes who are creating some beautiful brogue styles using one of the Dashing Harris designs, woven in iconic Harris Tweed quality. They are also working on a new range of cashmere scarves with Joshua Ellis and are waiting for the first samples to arrive. There is also a new range of bags, men’s gilet and reflective tweed cycle jacket in development.

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Laura Thomas @ Heal’s

Laura Thomas has produced two lambswool blanket and cushion designs for the 2011 Heal’s Discovers collection that was launched in August. One of the designs called Symmetree was shortlisted for the Cardiff Design Festival Award 2011.
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To the Manor Reborn & Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company Ltd

The National Trust and The BBC have got together to refurbish the 500 year old Avebury Manor in Wiltshire. Different rooms have been refurbished in differing periods/ styles to reflect the personalities of interesting owners over the years.

Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company Ltd has been involved weaving fabrics for Mrs Minivers drawing room in an art deco style, The Governor of Jamaica’s dining room, Queen Ann Bedroom and withdrawing room.

The BBC filmed in the factory earlier this year with Penelope Keith (presenter) and Russell Sage (interior designer). The series starts on November 24th 2012 at 9.00pm on BBC1

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Cockpit Arts / The Clothworkers’ Foundation Awards 2012


“We are keen to support weavers who have recently graduated to help them pursue their skill and build a career. This scheme provides an opportunity for several talented designer-makers to access affordable studio space, equipment and business support to help them achieve their goals.”
– Andrew Blessley, Clerk, The Clothworkers’ Company

Applications are invited for the Cockpit Arts / The Clothworkers’ Foundation Awards 2012 which aim to assist weavers to set up in business by providing studio space and business support provided by Cockpit Arts as well as shared use of looms. There are 6 Awards available and the selection panel (including the acclaimed ikat weaver and designer, Mary Restieaux) will be looking for individuals who demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit as well as creative excellence and craft skills. The Awards will include space in a shared studio equipped with ‘Arm’ looms and the following benefits:

 Studio space and use of looms within the creative community of Cockpit Arts at Deptford, London SE8 with access to office facilities and resource centre.
 Business and professional development services including on-site coaching, a personalised development plan, access to finance, workshops and events.
 A range of selling and promotional opportunities including Cockpit Arts Open Studios selling events.
Further information including an application form is available from Beckie Kingman, Studio Manager, Cockpit Arts, 18-22 Creekside, London SE8 3DZ; telephone 020 8692 4463;


The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 12 December 2011. Interviews with shortlisted applicants will be held in January 2012.

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Patissimenterie Weaver – Jessica Light

Passimenterie weaver Jessica Light has just launched an on-line shop for her diffusion range of tassles and bobbles.

One of the last working trimming weavers left in England, Jessica Light produces exquisite, innovative and contemporary passementerie of exceptional quality. All products are handmade to order in her East London workshop using methods dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries.
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