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Loom available – free of charge

Drapers Loom high resA loom taken apart in 1927  is available from the Drapers Hall in The City of London. The loom is in pieces and is regarded as a fire hazard as it is wooden, so needs to find a new home.

The loom  is in need of a good wipe down and needs to be reassembled, so there are no  details of its width or general dimensions. There is slight rust on the warp shafts at front and rear, but appears to be complete but however, apparently there are no heald frames.

The photo shows the last (and possibly only) time it was used, so can give some indication of size.

The loom is available free of charge to anybody who can provide a good home for the cost and effort of collection in a van. First come first served.

Please contact Professor Julian Ellis


Texprint weave successes: Elizabeth Ashdown reports

The five Texprint 2013 weavers showcased their diverse collections at the Indigo trade show in Paris in September to great success. Three out of the four Texprint prize winners were weavers and two weavers were selected to take part in a 7-week internship programme in Como, Italy.

Signe Rand EbbesenSigne Rand Ebbesens’ collection was given the Woolmark Award for her stunning fashion collections which use 60% or more merino wool. Signe’s collections of fabrics focus on hand craftsmanship, intricate structures and textures that change appearance and colour in the light. She sold her innovative designs to Lululemon Athletica and Nike and she in now working at Vanners silk mill as a designer.

Cherica Haye




Cherica Haye had a stellar few days in Paris – not only did she sell plenty of her designs, she also won the Texprint Pattern Prize and jointly won an internship in Vancouver with Lululemon Athletica, as well as taking part in a 7- week internship at a mill in Como. The judges celebrated Cherica’s collection for its extraordinary designs and attention to detail, which blend traditional weave structures with contemporary performance fabrics.

Elizabeth Ashdown



Elizabeth Ashdowns’ innovative mixed-media designs for Passementerie were shortlisted for the Texprint Pattern Prize. Her designs attracted considerable interest due to the level of exquisite hand craftsmanship, a bold and contemporary colour palette and the use of a wide variety of materials ranging from leather to bullion springs. Elizabeth sold work to Cassamance and has recently undertaken a commission to produce a bracelet.

Taslima Sultana



Taslima Sultana won the Texprint colour prize for her collection of fabrics which have been inspired by how insects use colour, pattern and texture for survival, attraction and protection. Judge Tamsin Blanchard praised Taslima’s fabrics, commenting on her ‘incredibly rich and vibrant designs’ (Texprint 2013).

Ffion Griffith





Ffion Griffith
was awarded the Texprint Space prize for her collection of contemporary Welsh blankets and interior fabrics that blend rich colour and innovative pattern placement with traditional methods and techniques. Ffion was selected to take part in the 7-week internship in Como, and on her return to the UK she will be take up a position at Liberty of London’s Fabric Innovation department.


The winners of the prizes also exhibited their work at Intertextile Shanghai in October

New weave company: Chalk

Squircle-Outline-Sage-Cushion-50cm-x-50cmChalk launched its first range of woven products in July 2013, at Harrogate’s Home and Gift fair and was awarded “Best New Product” at the show.

Chalk’s founders are Kerry Stokes, an experienced freelance woven textile designer in furnishing and fashion fabrics and Richard Bush who previously ran an interior furnishing business.

Kerry Stokes commented that “We’re delighted at the positive response Chalk has received so far. We’ve loved the whole process from the initial inspiration through to the final photo shoots. It’s immensely complicated and fascinating”

Chalk made  contact with prospective stockists and buyers at the fair, and is now becoming an established company within the home market in the UK.

BannerChalk currently offer a range of woven soft furnishing products, including blankets, throws and cushions, all woven and made in the UK. The products are woven in merino lambswool and are partly inspired by the Sussex land, seascapes and architecture, where their business is based. There are six designs in various colourways, squircle outline, full squircle, beacon, prism, fern and reeds.
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Exhibition: NewVo – Jaymini Bedia

SilkShotFabricJaymini Bedia’s NewVo exhibition debuted at the Oxo Wharf, Southbank London in January this year and has since toured successfully at numerous venues. The exhibition comprises of unique hand-woven textiles and luxury printed accessories.

NewVo at The Digby Gallery will present The Gainsborough Collection and NewVo silk scarves alongside some exciting new work, including The Skyline Series of framed compositions and woven Womenswear fashion pieces.

Jaymini Bedia is a textile designer based in Colchester. Her passion for vibrant colours, textures and beautiful hand-woven cloth inspired her to set up her own company, which takes a fresh perspective on the ancient craft of hand-weaving. Her work fuses contemporary woven structures, traditional hand-painting techniques and sophisticated colour palettes, resulting in an inimitable style and a stunning range of hand-woven fabrics for fashion and interiors.

The Gainsborough Collection is inspired by the machinery of a functioning silk weaving mill – one of the few now remaining in Britain. The collection interprets the nature of the mill in a novel way; the repetitive machinery, winders spinning, jacquard looms moving…and simultaneously captures the delicate, beautiful silk fabrics that these industrial machines create.
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