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Jane Austen’s House collaboration

A creative collaboration between Whitchurch Silk Mill and Jane Austen’s House.

Inspired by the colours and collections of Jane Austen’s House, our team here are weaving something very special, with work starting in November 2023 through to September 2024!

We are looking for volunteers to work with us on parts of this project, more details can be found on our opportunities page.

Follow @janeaustenshouse @whitchurchsilkmill @whitchurchsilk for updates on the project or VISIT the Mill to see the project in production. We also welcome pre-booked GROUPS of between 10 & 50.

November 2023 – Our Weaver Tacklers are currently busy winding 1,214 bobbins for the ground warp of our silk ribbons. Each bobbin will contain at least 1,200 yards worth of silk thread. We estimate the winding phase will take around 4 weeks of production time, winding 6 days per week.

The next step is warping. This will begin in January 2024. There will be eleven creel changes during this process, it will take approximately three weeks.

In 2023, Silk Ribbon Weaving was listed as a critically endangered craft and added to the Red List by the Heritage Craft Association. There are currently only four silk ribbon weavers in the UK, with Whitchurch Silk Mill employing one of them.

In the past our silk ribbons have featured in many well known films and television shows including Sense & Sensibility, Titanic and many more.

Whitchurch Silk ribbons, woven in 2020.

January 2024 – our Weaver Tacklers are busy winding the ground warp for the silk ribbons. This will take approximately two weeks.

February 2024 – The ground warp (pictured below) of the ribbons has now been wound and ‘beamed off’ by our Weaver Tacklers.

The warp for the satin stripes on the ribbons is still to be wound. More bobbins of silk need to be wound before this phase of production takes place. Bobbin winding commences again on Tuesday 13th February in preparation before warping starts again at the end of February. Keep an eye on our Instagram for confirmed dates as these are subject to change – @whitchurchsilkmill

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