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  • Mar152018

    Humphries Weaving film launched

    We are thrilled to launch our new Humphries Weaving film and hope you enjoy this glimpse into the work that…

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  • Feb222017
    Detail of The Jesse Cope 1310-25 – Photo Credit: Victoria & Albert Museum

    The Treasures of Opus Anglicanum

    Opus Anglicanum is the Latin phrase for ‘English Work’, used to describe the luxurious embroideries of silk, gold and silver; the most prized art forms in medieval Europe. This exhibition at the V&A showcases some of the oldest and most treasured embroideries.

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  • Jul252016
    Long warps on vertical chain mills in the jute industry

    Beaming On – The art of the warp spreader

    For those of you involved in weaving cloth, purchasing your preferred warp yarn is just the start of the yarn manipulation process, as the quest begins for a perfect back beam. For small sample warps of up to approximately 3.2 yards, with the help of a friend pulling manually on the warp ends, you can manage to roll the threads in a fashion that at best, may be adequate and at worst result in broken ends and a bird’s nest!

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  • Mar292016
    Silk Worms

    Sericulture in the United Kingdom

    King James 1st dearly wanted a silk industry right across his kingdom and ordered his mulberry for every town and village in the land. Today when talking of Mulberries most will comment on the wonderful berries making excellent jam. Yet it is the humble leaves of the mulberry bush that are the very making of a silk industry, that in China today employs literately millions of people.

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  • Feb212016
    Early Shuttle

    The Quill, the Pirn and the Shuttle

    A healthy goose in the 18th century was more than just for the table or the eiderdown. There was another important requirement for the silk weaver and his work as the quill, with the feather flights stripped off, was the ideal ready-made hollow tube for use in the shuttle.

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  • Feb012016
    Complex Weave Structures

    Complex Weave Structures

    Complex weave structure is really where the Jacquard loom has flourished since its invention in 1803 by Joseph Marie Jacquard.

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  • Jan112016

    Warping the Threads of Time

    For anyone involved in the art and mystery of weaving, they soon learn the need for perfection when it comes to preparing the threads which will form the warp in the loom. So how do you get those warp ends perfectly wound onto the back beam in the loom?

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  • Dec142015
    Weaving Shuttles

    The Flying Shuttle

    For many the word shuttle is more likely to be a way of transport, or even a space age vessel, as its action so accurately describes the repetitive toing and froing along a pre-planned route. Yet the flying shuttle is a world class invention, being created by a humble weaver in the rural Essex village of Coggashall in 1733

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  • 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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  • 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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