Author archive for Richard Humphries

  • Apr102015

    Jacquard’s Weaving Revolution

    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.

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  • Apr012015

    18th Century Silk Damasks

    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.

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  • Mar232015
    Isabella Stewart Gardener, Blue Room Ref 1244 / 1569

    The Secrets of the Norfolk Tissue

    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.

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  • Mar042015

    The designs of Owen Jones

    In 1966 when I first joined the design studio at Warner & Sons Ltd, I soon became aware of the designer Owen Jones (1809-1874).

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  • Feb242015

    The Wool Trade of East Anglia

    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.

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  • Feb022015
    Lustring, All Silk Geranium

    Super Shiny Silks

    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.

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  • Dec192014

    Humphries Weaving- A decade at Ashburton Lodge

    This month marks a decade since the Humphries Weaving Company returned to their first ever business premises, Ashburton Lodge in Sudbury, Suffolk.

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  • Dec162014
    Cumberland Suite Moire

    Silks for Hampton Court Palace

    Newly woven silken wall coverings by Humphries Weaving can be viewed in the royal collections recently refurbished ‘Cumberland Art Gallery’ at Hampton Court Palace.

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  • Nov072014
    Marianne Straub entering a harness at New Mills, Braintree in March 1971

    Richard Humphries on working with Marianne Straub OBE

    Richard Humphries reflects on his time working with her at New Mills, Braintree.

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