Bobbins at Whitchurch Silk Mill.

Whitchurch Silk Mill is a 19th century water mill that weaves English silk fabrics using 19th century machinery. The Mill is the oldest working silk mill in Britain, still weaving in its original building. A gem of industrial heritage set in rural Hampshire.

thedesigncenter:

Leno, 1934. 

This maybe of interest to all you weavers!

wgsn:

Painterly inspiration from the Kaffe Fasset: A Life In Colour exhibition preview last night @FashionTextile Museum 

Must go and see this!!

wgsn:

Painterly inspiration from the Kaffe Fasset: A Life In Colour exhibition preview last night @FashionTextile Museum 

Must go and see this!!

When I think of pleats I have an image of old fashioned pleated skirts! but there is a lot more to pleats than I thought as I found out when I attended a presentation by one of the last pleaters in the UK. Terry from F. Ciment (pleating) LTD  Terry (the presenter) Brought in patterns and fabric samples, he explained the whole pleating process which I found fascinating.

I was blown away by the complexity of some of the intricate designs they produce. Some of which are amazingly futuristic. The pleats are created by hand folded patterns made out of card. A pattern can take up to 80hrs to create. (see photos)

 Pleating is a steam process, no chemicals are used during the pleating process. Permancy depends entirely on the fabric, for example 100% Polyester fabrics are best for holding the pleats, even when washed. Natural fibres can be pleated but care needs to be taken when wearing and cleaning. The fabric is streched onto the patern then steamed. 

The company designed Lady Gagas outfits for her last world tour and the Queens  skydive outfit at the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony!. This company is also happy to pleat fabrics for fashion/design students. 

 To find out more info on the company click on the link    F. Ciment (pleating) LTD 

everydaypeacocks:




“The Recipe Book I” by Bob Lussier
The first image in a macro study of an 1889 wool dye recipe book from the Industrial Revolution. All hand written, with wool color samples.


(via YARN!)


Very interesting, need to do some resaerch on this! http://www.lawrencehistory.org/ just found this, the history behind the photo.

everydaypeacocks:

“The Recipe Book I” by Bob Lussier

The first image in a macro study of an 1889 wool dye recipe book from the Industrial Revolution. All hand written, with wool color samples.

(via YARN!)

Very interesting, need to do some resaerch on this! http://www.lawrencehistory.org/ just found this, the history behind the photo.

thedesigncenter:

Print on cotton. Rouen, France. 1901. Unknown manufacturer

Great online Textile archive.

thedesigncenter:

Print on cotton. Rouen, France. 1901. Unknown manufacturer

Great online Textile archive.

brigittemark2:

sianclarke15:

Stich workshop developments, Semester 2.

Wool shrinkage made last week has been shrunk, acid dyed and stitched into. Some of my heat transferred fabrics have been manipulated into chords and plaits so I can add them to a surface and begin structuring samples. I think my colour palette for India is pretty sussed now, Im worried its all looking a bit too ‘Hippy’ for my liking.

lovely couching

Reposted this because it is an interesting blog, a students journey in suface patern for interiors. Sian Clarke is studying at Swansea University.

Charmingly simple! Inspiration from Italy. I took these photos in Prato Italy.

A new design for craft/peg apron! These aprons are designed and made by me!
They can be purchased from my Face Book Page

A new design for craft/peg apron! These aprons are designed and made by me!

They can be purchased from my Face Book Page

This is a great blog full of images of the design process, from inspiration through to development and then the final design.