Author archive for Richard Humphries

  • Oct272015
    Edmund Cartwright

    The Power Loom

    The Remarkable thing about Cartwright was that he was neither an engineer or carpenter but a clergyman, who did nothing with his inventive genius until he was over forty years of age.

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  • Oct052015
    Norwich Wool Stuff Cottage Loom

    Norwich Wool Stuff

    Stuff became a general term for all sorts of woven textiles that incorporated wool or worsted into the structure, combining with other fibres such as linen, mohair or silk.

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  • Sep162015
    King William III State Bedroom Moire

    The Watermark of Quality – the art of Moiré in Silk Fabrics

    There have been many rather brash flock stripe wallpapers and mock effects created to imitate this technique but none come close to the subtle beauty of true moiré.

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  • Jul232015
    Lady Londonderry Sitting Room Ref 2391

    Weaving historic textiles for Osborne House

    The new design in the Italian style was designed by Prince Albert himself, who oversaw the building work. The building commenced in June 1845 and it took until 1850 to complete. It became Victoria and Albert’s favourite place where they spent as much time as possible.

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  • Jun182015

    Textiles at Waterloo; Battling with fibres

    Shirts were of great importance and by this time, the standard issue was four shirts, for which the costs were deducted from their pay. Today’s army shirt of cotton and polyester would have been a dream to wear compared to the harshness of either linen or a woollen one.

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  • Jun092015

    Trooping of the Colour

    The Queen’s colours have been woven in pure silk for generations and since 1971 the Humphries weaving company have accurately woven the highly specified plain banner silk. Making the cloth requires the utmost care in handling nature’s most delicate of fibers. The silk is produced thousands of miles away in China where for centuries the ancient art of sericulture has continued to thrive to supply the worlds demand for the precious thread.

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  • May262015

    The Real Game of Thrones

    Here we take a look at some the grandest seats Humphries Weaving have been tasked with weaving upholstery fabric for.

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  • May182015

    From shuttle to rapier

    The weaving shuttle is a storage vessel for the weft yarn that is passed from one side of the loom to the other. With shuttle looms the weft is transported through the shed (gap made by parting warp threads) of the woven structure.

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  • May012015
    Taboret Stripe

    Earning Our Stripes

    The weaving of striped fabrics would for the novice seem to be quite straight forward, that by changing the colour of vertical (warp) threads you can achieve a striped cloth.

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  • Apr232015

    Refining Jacquard

    In fine silk weaving on Jacquard hand looms the limitations were that each harness thread from the mechanism on the top of the loom required a lead weight (lingoes) to keep the tension on the lift. This meant that the physical leg strength needed to press treadles open the weave shed was to ever increase with more and more complex harness layouts being desired.

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