Design & Weaving Process
It all begins with inspiration leading to ideas taking shape in my mind and a plan emerging. I calculate the weight, pattern and width of cloth that I require. Then it is on to my British yarn suppliers to get the yarn I need. The design process involves using a combination of traditional and modern methods – planning the pattern using pencil and graph paper and using computer-aided design to help me visualise pattern and colourways.
Once these decisions are made I can begin to make the warp by measuring out each individual thread on a warping board in the order of my colour pattern. Each warp is different and will contain varying amounts of threads. A scarf may contain around 400 individual threads, whereas a full width warp could contain 1000s of separate threads.
The warp is then transferred to the loom and wound on to the beam. This is a crucial step as it needs to be wound on neatly and evenly to ensure good tension for weaving. Each warp end is threaded through the eye of a heddle in a specific order then through a metal reed. This determines the pattern in which the warp can be woven and the density of the cloth. The warp ends are then tied to the front of the loom. The extensive set-up is finally complete and the weaving can begin!
After the fabric has been woven, I cut it off the loom and handwash it to remove the oil from the yarn. I then sew the fabric into various finished products in my studio.
My products are handwoven using 100% natural yarns and as such are subject to natural variations – this is part of their unique charm.
As my fabrics are woven in small quantities, there may be very slight variations in pattern placement and yarn shades. Due to natural shrinkage during the washing and drying process there may also be slight variation in size. Colours may look different in real life than they do on a computer or mobile phone due to the brightness and resolution of your screen. Please be aware that woollen products should be hand washed in cool water using a delicate laundry liquid, rinsed thoroughly and then aired to dry.