A Wander Along The Silk Route

Over the past few months I’ve taken part in a Hand Embroidery course.  One of it’s aims is to encourage stitchers to expand their textile horizons for inspiration.   I love any excuse for a day out especially when it  revolves around textiles. So I formulated a plan for an indulgent day along the Silk Route.

Essex and Suffolk have a long standing history in the Silk industry.  Consequently my route took in two Silk Mill Shops in Sudbury in addition to the silk textile archive in Braintree.

Warner Textile Archive

First in the itinerary was a visit to the Warner Textile Archive in Braintree, Essex.

It was a real eye opener, containing beautiful colourful samples dating back hundreds of years.

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Using My Mum’s Vintage Speedweve.

I remember playing with a Speedweve as a child. Pushing the links to and fro and not quite knowing what it was really used for.

Mum’s Sewing Box

Each time I visit my mum, she gives me more and more sewing bits n bobs that she’s found in her cupboards.

Last year she gave me her red sewing box, which was a joy to clean  and to see it come to life again. She also gave me her old Speedweve also  known as Lancashire’s Smallest Loom.

Playing with a Speedweve

A recent challenge from my local branch of the Embroiderers Guild gave me the perfect opportunity to use it.  Continue reading “Using My Mum’s Vintage Speedweve.”