Jacquard’s Weaving RevolutionRead more
If there is one technological invention of the 19th Century that can be said to be life changing, that achievement must surely belong to Joseph Marie Jacquard.
18th Century Silk DamasksRead more
In today’s modern world of computer driven machinery where the digital programming of weaving looms is the norm, it is amazing to think that little over 200 years ago Jacquard’s programmable invention for the loom had yet to be invented.
The Secrets of the Norfolk TissueRead more
In the July of 1997 we were approached by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston USA to reweave the Blue Room textiles and reproduce two old wall covering designs.
This lead to a summer of detective work and surprising discoveries.
The designs of Owen JonesRead more
In 1966 when I first joined the design studio at Warner & Sons Ltd, I soon became aware of the designer Owen Jones (1809-1874).
The Wool Trade of East AngliaRead more
The wool weaving, spinning, dyeing and finishing trade in East Anglia was the financial backbone of the region until the middle to late seventeenth century and has left an architectural and manufacturing footprint still visible today.
Super Shiny SilksRead more
Super shiny silks are often desired for luxury linings in window and bed drapes, decorative plain cloths and as a rich base for intricate hand embroidery. Here we explore the differences between these fine plain silk qualities.
Humphries Weaving- A decade at Ashburton LodgeRead more
This month marks a decade since the Humphries Weaving Company returned to their first ever business premises, Ashburton Lodge in Sudbury, Suffolk.
Silks for Hampton Court PalaceRead more
Newly woven silken wall coverings by Humphries Weaving can be viewed in the royal collections recently refurbished ‘Cumberland Art Gallery’ at Hampton Court Palace.
Richard Humphries on working with Marianne Straub OBERead more
Richard Humphries reflects on his time working with her at New Mills, Braintree.