FAQs

Viewing Humphries Weaving Work

WHERE CAN I VIEW HUMPHRIES WEAVING WORK?

Much of our work is available to view at public houses, national institutions and museums worldwide. Please explore the Our Work section of the website to discover some of the fantastic projects we have been involved in.

DO YOU HAVE ANY UK OR WORLDWIDE STOCKISTS OR SHOWROOMS?

We do not have any UK or worldwide stockists or showrooms as we deal with all of our customers direct.

Orders

WHAT IS YOUR MINIMUM ORDER REQUIREMENT?

On stock yarn shades we can weave as little as 15 metres in length. We can accommodate custom lengths in special dye shades on a project by project basis.

DO YOU OFFER CLIENT EXCLUSIVITY AND CONFIDENTIALITY?

We always respect client’s wishes with regards to confidentiality. We are proud of the work that we undertake and balance this with the need for discretion. We do not share any information that is not freely available in the public domain.

Colour

WHAT IS STOCK COLOUR?

We carry extensive ranges of stock colours in an array of yarn choices; these are readily available for development and production. Working within our stock yarn range offers the client an economy in both lead time and overall costs.

WHAT IS CUSTOM COLOUR?

For projects that come outside of our stock qualities we offer a custom colour matching and development service to British Standards. This includes laboratory samples and bulk dying at our onsite dye works.

Price

HOW MUCH DOES YOUR FABRIC COST?

As each project is custom we calculate costs individually based on: the metreage you require, the type of yarn you are working in, whether the colour is from our stock range or custom dyed, the construction of the cloth and any finishing required.

DO YOU OFFER TRADE PRICES?

We sell all of our fabric at trade price in order to be as competitive as possible in the market place.

Production

WHERE DO YOU MAKE HUMPHRIES WEAVING COMPANY FABRICS?

We are proud to manufacture all of our own fabrics in the UK on the Essex/Suffolk boarder; we embrace both modern and traditional weaving techniques.

DO YOU OFFER A SAMPLING SERVICE?

Although we do not offer sampling as a standalone service, we do undertake strike off sampling as a matter of course on each individual project. Humphries Weaving undertakes hand loom sampling on select projects.

DO YOU OFFER A TESTING SERVICE?

Although we are not an accredited testing facility we do offer indicative laboratory tests of both our stock and custom colours. These are tested for light fastness, wet and dry rub and undergo perspiration tests (where applicable).

ARE YOU ABLE TO MAKE PRODUCTS?

As we are a fabric manufacturer we do not make final products, all of our fabric is supplied by the roll.

I AM INTERESTED IN FABRIC FOR USE IN PRODUCTS FOR THE BABY MARKET, IS THIS SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN ASSIST IN?

We regret that due to stringent European regulations we are unable to weave fabric for use in baby products, such as blankets and wraps.

Stock

DO YOU HOLD FABRIC IN STOCK?

As each project we undertake is on an individual basis, we do not hold stocks of fabric. We hold stocks of yarn in our specially designed and climate controlled yarn store. We regret that we cannot hold or store clients individual yarn stocks, such as novelty yarns.

DO YOU HAVE ANY REMNANT FABRIC?

We do on occasion weave overruns of fabric if a colour or design is of particular historical importance, these can be offered for sale and inquiries are dealt with on an individual basis.

DO YOU EVER HAVE LEFT OVER FABRIC THAT YOU CAN SEND TO STUDENTS FOR USE IN THEIR PROJECTS?

As every project is custom, there is very little, if any, wastage of fabric. Many of our designs are also protected by confidentiality agreements with our clients and therefore cannot be offered to a third party.

Distribution

WHAT ARE YOUR DELIVERY TIMESCALES?

Lead times vary from project to project and we advise on an individual basis. Ordinarily custom dye projects will have longer lead times than stock dye projects.

WHERE DO YOU SHIP TO?

We ship to the UK and Worldwide with our preferred carrier. All fabric shipments are packed securely and sent out with the relevant paperwork. All shipments are insured and tracked.

DO YOU HAVE UK OR WORLDWIDE DISTRIBUTORS?

The Humphries Weaving Company only deals directly with our customers, we do not have distributors.

People and Careers

I AM LOOKING FOR A JOB OR STUDENT PLACEMENT. DO YOU DO THIS?

Please visit the Careers section for further information about recruitment opportunities.

DO YOU OFFER SPONSORSHIP TO STUDENTS?

We are unable to offer financial sponsorships or yarn sponsorships to students.

DO YOU OFFER A SAMPLING SERVICE FOR STUDENTS?

Unfortunately due to the busy nature of production, we are unable to offer short run production or sampling for students.

CAN I COME AND VISIT THE MILL?

Unfortunately, due to health and safety regulations and the busy nature of production, we are unable to offer tours or visits to the Mill, including for educational purposes.

DO YOU OFFER LECTURES ON THE SILK INDUSTRY?

Richard Humphries offers a number of dynamic silk industry lectures to academic groups and organisations, as well as interested institutions. Please complete the short form on the Contact Us page to make an enquiry. Any fees associated with giving a lecture are donated to our chosen charity.

Please note the Richard will not be accepting bookings for local talks from September 2016 for the ensuing 12 months.

Glossary of Terms

Our glossary of terms offers definitions and explanations of the weaving language used within our site.